(Diego, we don’t want to embarrass you or anything, but, well, your brain is showing. Photo courtesy of Fight Magazine’s UFC 107 gallery.)
The results from UFC 107 are in and the numbers have all been tallied up. And don’t worry, after concerns arose that some of our stats had been poorly calculated, we hired some real experts: the dudes who counted all the votes in the most recent election in Afghanistan. See, they’ve got real world experience!
Join us to see who’s up, who’s down, and who made little progress in either direction after UFC 107, all according to the arbitrary numerical rankings system of the Potato Index.
B.J. Penn +193
What kind of champion goes five rounds with the number one contender to his title and only gets hit eight times? The thoroughly dominant kind. Penn is without question the world’s best lightweight right now, but that doesn’t mean he has to jump divisions right away. Stick around, beat up Gray Maynard, issue a few futile challenges to Shinya Aoki, then go. You’ll have our blessing.
Diego Sanchez -12
On Saturday night we learned that Sanchez isn’t really in Penn’s league (which we already knew, or at least suspected), but he is one of the toughest SOB’s in MMA at any weight class. One gets the sense that if the doctor hadn’t stopped it, he would have kept going all night. Fortunately for his face, it doesn’t work like that.
Frank Mir +98
You know what the trouble with trashing your opponent’s skills is? You make beating him seem less like an impressive feat, and more like an expected one. Still, we can’t deny that the beefier Mir looked good for the minute he was in there. Good enough to beat Lesnar? Seems doubtful.
Cheick Kongo -75
More and more Kongo is becoming the UFC heavyweight who looks most like Tarzan and fights like Jane. The best opponent he’s ever beaten was a declining Cro Cop, followed by a mediocre Antoni Hardonk. It seems laughable now that he was ever talking about a title shot.
Kenny Florian +77
Finishing Guida in a round and a half is no easy task, and KenFlo looked sharp while doing it. Where was the effective aggression in the Penn fight? Nevermind, we already saw how pressuring him turns out.
Clay Guida -59
He’s still one of the division’s most energetic, exciting fighters, but it’s looking like he’ll never rise much higher than gatekeeper. That’s not the worst thing that can happen. It’s not the best, either.
Jon Fitch +30
Wow, another victory via decision. What a surprise. You know, for a guy who seems to realize the importance of finishing fights, Fitch doesn’t appear to be taking many chances to make that happen. Taking two of three rounds in reliable, boring fashion against the Mike Pierce’s of the world isn’t going to get you another title shot, my man.
Mike Pierce -12
Something tells us that Pierce went home wishing he’d opened up his attack prior to the final minute of the fight. If he had, maybe he’d have gone home with a little extra cash in his pocket and a brighter future in the UFC.
Stefan Struve +22
If this was supposed to be Struve’s chance to prove himself against a grizzled journeyman, he didn’t exactly make the most of it. A win’s a win, but he still has a long way to go.
Paul Buentello -19
Yep, same old Buentello. Flashes of ferocity followed by missed opportunities and an indolent approach to the later rounds. At least you always know what you’re going to get from him.
Alan Belcher +46
Yes, it was an exciting fight and an explosive finish. No, that does not make you one of the greatest fighters of all time. Do this a couple more times, to a couple of opponents who are actually coming off victories, then we’ll talk.
Wilson Gouveia -31
Maybe getting into a shootout right off the bat wasn’t the best game plan. That is, assuming you had a game plan at all.
Memphis crowd -23
Maybe it’s all the fried food and residual grief from the death of Elvis, but we’re a little boo-happy aren’t we, Memphis? It’s hard to blame you. We’d be pissed too if the hometown boy who was supposed to headline this card ditched us to film a movie in Canada.