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The Potato Index: UFC 108 Aftermath

(Evans fights through his lifelong phobia of Brazilian asses to get the takedown at UFC 108. Photo courtesy of Fight Magazine.)

The UFC’s cursed event is in the books, and amazingly it didn’t result in the MGM Grand being burned to the ground or Bruce Buffer suddenly growing a tail mid-broadcast. So what did we get out of Saturday night’s event? That’s what the Potato Index is here to tell us. Read on to find out who’s up and who’s down according to our arbitrary numerical rankings system.

Rashad Evans +47
“Suga” goes back to his wrestling roots to notch a decision victory. Not his most exciting win, but one that keeps his dream of fighting “Rampage” alive. At this point though, can that fight possibly be good enough to justify all the trouble?

Thiago Silva -63
Down two rounds to none, with no real hope of winning a decision, you have to wonder why he didn’t put everything he had into putting Evans away when he had him hurt. That’s a question Silva is going to be taking to bed with him for a long time.

Paul Daley +81
Seems like we already knew this, but the guy can hit. The question that remains is, can he defend takedowns and fight on the ground? So far in the UFC no one has forced him to.

Dustin Hazelett -59
We realize it’s easier said than done, but why wasn’t taking the fight to the mat a priority for a submission specialist facing a KO artist?

Sam Stout +60
After a lot of underperforming Stout finally shows UFC fans how good he can be when everything clicks. It’s always nice to see a guy who deserves it as much as he does taste some meaningful success. Now what?

Joe Lauzon -49
When early submission attempts failed it was like you could see his energy and faith in himself draining away. With this loss he may have just dropped to the bottom of the middle of the pack, also known as Fight Night territory.

Junior Dos Santos +62
“Cigano” is a big guy who can throw that leather and take some back when he needs to, which makes him someone to keep your eye on in the heavyweight division. We still don’t know how he’d fare against the high-level wrestlers at heavyweight, but something tells me we’ll find out sooner rather than later.

Gilbert Yvel -56
When he got up looking pissed off about the stoppage, the Pride fan boy in us was really hoping he’d grab the mic and ask, ‘Why I always getting fucked?’ like he did after gouging Don Frye’s eyes. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Up next, Yvel vs. Kimbo Slice at some ridiculous catchweight?

Jim Miller +49
Once again we see one of the Miller boys pulling off another slick submission. If only it weren’t for the Gray Maynards of the UFC lightweight class, he might be headed for the top.

Duane Ludwig -44
The UFC appreciates flexible lightweights in a time of so many injuries and replacements, but your first fight back in the Octagon is never a good time to lose. Hopefully they give him another chance before bringing the axe down.

Martin Kampmann +38
He took full advantage of a great opportunity for a rebound win and put Volkmann away in style. Is it possible that his loss to Daley was just a minor hiccup in an otherwise upwardly trending career?

Jacob Volkmann -36
Despite his awesome nickname, “Christmas” is now 0-2 in the UFC. That’s dangerously close to a little town named Cutsville.

Cole Miller +40
A lanky guy with creative submissions is not only a problem for a lot of 155-pounders, he’s also fun to watch. But why is it that as soon as one fight is over he always seems to know exactly who he should fight next?

Dan Lauzon -31
Not how he wanted to return to the UFC, but he’s just 21 and still has a lot of time to grow as a fighter. We’re not counting him out just yet.

Mark Munoz +35
He looks better every time he’s in the Octagon, which isn’t so difficult considering what happened to him the first time.

Ryan Jensen -31
You know it’s a bad night when the only thing stopping you from tapping to strikes is the fear that it will open you up to more strikes.

Jake Ellenberger +37
His decision loss to Condit aside, Ellenberger is very quietly putting some people on notice in the UFC. With a couple good breaks he could be here for a while, which is bad news for some current welterweights.

Mike Pyle -35
The look on Pyle’s face after the first round said it all. His corner told him he was fine, rib issues aside, but he didn’t seem to believe it. The TKO was almost welcome after that.

UFC 108 +64
Once again, the UFC’s roster depth allows them to make lemonade out of cursed lemons. Well done, but don’t get too high and mighty about it. Finished fights are fun fights, but main event star power is still what sells pay-per-views.


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Bill C.- January 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm
"That’s a question Silva is going to be taking to bed with him for a long time."

Yeah, but that's the bed he shares with the very, very sexy'n'thick Thaysa Silva.
Anybody else remember her from that UFC Countdown episode a while back? Good God, she's smokin!
Sunburned- January 4, 2010 at 11:05 pm
So, Rashad is Danas new Chuck?

- Glad i skipped this PPV.
budsellers- January 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm
@portland mma - i watched the fight, but compustrike tells me all i need to know about rashad's gameplan last night... dude had 18 total strikes and only 3 ground strikes after 7 takedowns. that shit does not sell ppv buys. yes, he controlled his opponent with his boring wrestling, but that has nothing to do with an entertaining main event.
portland mma- January 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm
What are you talking about Birdman? Rashad had a game plan and followed it perfectly...what should he have done? Tried to get into a slugfest in round 3 after knowing he had the first 2 rounds? There is a huge difference between being boring and being intelligent.
Get Off Me- January 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm
@Merlin, Robthom and meanfinger

Get Off Me Says:
Tue, 12/15/2009 - 08:59
Cain is the new and improved Randy Couture at heavyweight(not an insult, not high praise either).
I know this is off the board a little bit, but I think the best heavyweight going is CIGANO.....He has the power to put guys away, he trades really well on the feet(ask Struve) and he has fought stiffer competition than most "top" heavyweights in the UFC. I would like to see Dos Santos fight Carwin, the winner of Velasquez v. Nogueira fights Mir.....then the two winners fight each other for the Strap....Strip Brock if he's gonna be out >1yr(it must be done, the interim belt means nothing, it should just be called number one contendership prize).
I think when the dust settles we may see a great fight between Mir and Dos Santos.

Dos Santos is going to get everyone's attention in the Yvel fight.

edit reply

U know what i mean, Dos Santos is ready for the winner of Carwin v. Mir, he won't fight Velasquez in my books, Nog will beat Velasquez and Junior won't fight Nog, it's gotta be Dos Santos v. Interim Champ next.
Birdman- January 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm
How many people were as excited as me to see the lay and pray rashad make his glorious return. I thought we had lost him forever.
Hulk Smash- January 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Am I the only one who noticed Dos Santos's ear? Sweet Christ, that thing was threatening to devour the side of Yvel's head in the event of a clinch.
Great fight for Junior, and a well deserved win. It was nice to see Yvel knockedout quickly, since nobody likes him and his tenure in the UFC is tentative at best.
Silva - where's the instinct to finish a mufuh, bro? When you've got a guy hurt, that's not the time to posture by standing with hands on hips. Especially when you're losing the fight anyway.
I'd say the UFC was pretty lucky in that they put on a reasonably good show after all those guys dropped out. Says a lot for the number of quality fighters available to put on a good show with short notice.
portland mma- January 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Daley against Alves next and see who misses weight by more.

Also I think seeing Daley tool all these guys in the UFC makes Jake Shields look pretty damn good considering how he fared against Daley not that long ago.
SteveyJBond- January 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm
@merlin Yes please, that would be lovely. Hardy has only one option in the GSP fight; to win via Machine Gun.
meanfinger- January 4, 2010 at 11:57 am
yeah.. dos santos went +100 in my book. that shoulda been K.O of the night.. daley's was kinda expected.. besides the fact that he came in over weight
TheArtof8Limbs- January 4, 2010 at 11:56 am
Bruce Buffer +150
bruce buffer was in top form saturday night. He successfully hyped up the MGM grand with his eccentric octagon presence.

Chandella Powell +40
she'll get the hang of it sooner or later.

I still think Velasquez is top contender for the HW title. Velasquez v. Dos Santos while brock is recovering?
Kevin Marshall- January 4, 2010 at 11:53 am
I think the real question about Paul Daley is if he can continue to make weight at 170. It's not a good sign in terms of reliance and dependability when you someone's fed an opponent and can't make weight. It helps that he got them on the ESPN highlight reel for the following two days, but all these guys missing weight who aren't even established as contenders - let alone draws - need to start being a bit more careful.

In regards to being future endeavored - for what it's worth, Dana said right before (or right after?) the show that nobody was going to be cut.

Is anybody else worried about Gilbert over-hearing one of Dana's Mazagatti rants and taking it on himself to go all Aoki and take someone out at the behest of his boss? Bring on Yvel vs. Kimbo at 223 pounds!
Organ Donor- January 4, 2010 at 11:53 am
+69 for Organ Donor, 'cause it's his favorite number
Merlin- January 4, 2010 at 11:36 am
I have a Suggestion for the UFC.
After Dan Hardy looses to GSP they should pit Daley VS Hardy headlining a UK card.

" The Outlaw " vs " Semtex "

Shoot even I'd pay to see that!
robthom- January 4, 2010 at 11:35 am
Okay card.
Not great, but functional. And thats good enough/ all that I demand.

@ Merlin, I agree that Dos Santos is probably the best prospect out of the trio.
skeletor- January 4, 2010 at 11:22 am
+218 For Kieth Jardine. Using his face to successfully scout another win for his homeboy Rashad. I'm sure he really appreciates all you do for him buddy.
Merlin- January 4, 2010 at 11:15 am
Great card all around, & a lot of fights finished, which is always fun.

Also Junior Dos Santos proved he's worthy, after that last fight, for a shot at the title. I actually met him at a parking lot in Oceanside last month, he's very cool & like a lot of those proud Brazilians speaks a lot more English than he lets on.
GenZod- January 4, 2010 at 11:05 am
-84 to all the fags below me destined to post integer related fight-musings....