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The Potato Index: UFC 110 Aftermath

(The UFC’s bloody Sunday, courtesy of MMA-Core.)

We know, the Index is a little late this week. We could say it has something to do with UFC 110 taking place in Australia, maybe make up some transparent lie about it taking longer to crunch the numbers when the fights happen in the Southern Hemisphere. But you’d never believe that…or would you?

Cain Velasquez +167
Even if Big Nog may be on the decline, beating him still means something. Finishing him means even more, and doing it in the first round, via brutal KO, means you just might be the next big thing. Suddenly the UFC’s heavyweight class has more viable challengers than they know what to do with. Talk about a good problem to have.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira -101
Seeing Nogueira get knocked out cold is a little like seeing a unicorn die of a heart attack. You never thought you’d ever live to see it, and afterwards you kind of wish you never had.

Wanderlei Silva +82
Perhaps no one at UFC 110 needed a win as badly as Silva, and while he showed up with mostly the same bag of tricks, he got it done down the stretch. He may not have a title in his future, but as long as he puts on this kind of show, who cares?

Michael Bisping -75
Yes, it was a close fight, but when you end the second round stuck in a choke and the third round on the brink of unconsciousness, you can’t really complain about not getting the decision. Not unless you want to make sure that absolutely everybody has a reason to dislike you.

Mirko Filipovic +44
Sorry, but we’re not impressed by a prolonged throttling of a light heavyweight who had no reason to be in there. That performance only strengthened our belief that Ben Rothwell might put a serious hurting on the Croatian hero.

Anthony Perosh -12
Give him points for guts. There was every reason not to take the fight and one gruesome reason to get out of it in round two, but he plodded forward anyway. He’s not UFC material, but he is a tough son of a bitch.

George Sotiropoulos +71
We’ll admit it, we were surprised how good he looked on the mat against a very competent grappler. If he can beat another quality lightweight, and maybe even finish one, things could start to snowball.

Joe Stevenson -68
The old conventional wisdom on “Daddy” proves once again to be true. He’s good enough to beat the lower-level guys and hard-working enough to outlast some of the mid-level dudes, but that’s all. Beating him used to mean you’d earned a title shot. Now it just means you’re still in the hunt.

Chris Lytle +64
You have to love a crafty vet with so many tricks up his sleeve. The guy comes to put on a show every time and doesn’t kid anyone about angling for a title shot. We never get tired of seeing him.

Brian Foster -59
The loss is a setback, but probably only a temporary one. This kid still has a lot of upside and will probably only be better as a result of this learning experience at the hands of a vet.

Ryan Bader +82
Bader continues to impress with his stand-up, though we cringe a little when we see him relying too much on that looping right hand.

Keith Jardine -77
Perhaps no one’s style is as uncomfortable to watch, and yet weirdly mesmerizing. Not that we want to see “The Dean of Mean” go, but we also don’t see where he’s headed at this point in his career.

K-Sos +63
He was on his way to a decision over Bonnar, who’s notoriously difficult to put away, and the win was marred by the rare headbutt TKO. Mark Coleman would have been proud.

Stephan Bonnar -60
It’s kind of baffling that he still gets to rack up losses in the UFC, all because of one great fight several years ago.

Aussie crowd +113
Enthusiastic, educated, and not afraid of a little blood, or even several buckets worth. That’s our kind of people, right there.

Buffer Two-Step +79
Finally, a dance craze that awkward white dudes can get in on. The suit may say, ‘All business,’ but the moves say, ‘Can I buy you ladies a drink, and maybe breakfast?’

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DangadaDang- February 25, 2010 at 8:09 am
Absolutely don't bet against: -200

Though i would never have bet on Dolloway, I'm starting to think this category is cursing fighters
Randy Pan- February 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm
Stevenson/Sotiropolous turned out to be a great fight.

The heavyweight division is more interesting than ever.

After seeing Bisping get destroyed by Henderson, I no longer despise the guy, despite his cocky British persona. I just don't see him ever out-pointing any top-tier middleweights to establish himself as title-contention material. He doesn't give his opponents enough to worry about. His striking is good, but lacks knock-out power; he can finish opponents once he gets them hurt, but he only seems able to hurt mid-level competition.
Charming Charlie- February 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm
I'm glad that Daddy and Soteriohospialius got Fight of the Night. That award should go to the fight with the most memorable moments, but frequently it has seemd to go to whichever fighters were already the most popular, namely Wanderlei "2003" Silva and whoever was picking his amateur ass apart.

Speaking of which Silva looked quite competant in his fight versus Bisping, after looking terrible in his last bout. Conversely, Bisping looked great--like title-contending--in his last fight against Kang, and appeared completely inneffective against Silva. Unsurprisingly, they fucked my betting up.
tallkitchenbags- February 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm
also, is it just me or does cain have short arms?
tallkitchenbags- February 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm
cain looked good. i still have trouble thinking of him as a real heavy, but the dude looked sharp against a real, if on the decline, opponent. give him carwin next.
tommyhammersticks- February 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm
ReX13 is the thinking man's douchebag. Yet, a douchbag still.
CroCops Gluteus Maximus- February 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Amazing fucking crowd,


Contraband- February 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm
i think ufc 110 was an over all great card
UFC 110 +110
ReX13- February 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm
tommyhammersticks Says:
Tue, 02/23/2010 - 13:57
Brown Turd will soon be flushed back to his homeland, California not Mexico, once he fights real opponent.

Wow. The sheer amount of ignorance crammed into this sentence is impressive. The phrase "fifty pounds of shit in a ten pound bag" comes to mind.
rlh61- February 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I completely agree.

I like to see new guys coming in and making a name for themselves, but I hate when it's at the expense of a legend. That's just the way this game works...
tommyhammersticks- February 23, 2010 at 11:57 am
Brown Turd will soon be flushed back to his homeland, California not Mexico, once he fights real opponent.
dflash- February 23, 2010 at 11:21 am
I was looking forward to this edition of the Potato Index. I was beginning to doubt it would be posted.
k-onda- February 23, 2010 at 11:10 am
This unicorn didn't die of a heart attack, he got shot in the face with a bazooka. But I only have two complaints a) why did you call the minotaur a unicorn? and b) not enough blood.
Yves Latrine- February 23, 2010 at 11:00 am
I think Jardine's problem is his habit of dropping his hands when he's not engaging. It works fine until he gets dinged, and then when he's not all there mentally, he drops his hands out of muscle memory and gets knockduhfuhggou.

Also, being really fucking ugly.
Nut Puncher 9000- February 23, 2010 at 10:56 am
@ Bens and Lysol,

I feel your opinion of Bonnar is a bit out of line. I mean look at who he is fighting. 2 of his five most recent losses are to Future Champions in Griffin and Evans, 1 to a stellar up and comer in Bones Jones, 1 to a Hall of Famer (on the decline but none the less a name who only lost to Rua and now Couture in his UFC return) and now a close losing contest to K-Sos who has a strong 4-1 record in the UFC.

Now Im not sure but I think 1/2 of the reason you are now making MILLIONS annually deserves to stick around a bit past the other scrubs even if he hits a valley. Its not like he has fights with any title implications or anything of that nature. He is a middle pack fighter with a Trump card.

And Logan says the UFC has no loyalty...bitch.
right hand crazy- February 23, 2010 at 10:54 am
i always want to like stephan bonner - he has a lot of potential. he's tough as hell, has some good technique with his hands and his kicks, good on the ground, but something just never falls into place with him. not sure what it is. maybe he doesn't train as hard as he could or with the best trainers...i don't know, but he better get on that quick because he ain't gettin' any younger and the up and comers ain't gettin' any wimpier.
ProfessorMMA- February 23, 2010 at 10:43 am
Bispunk is a fucking piece of garbage... i really hope he loses 5 more in a row and gets cut. what an arrogant smug smarmy ass hole. hendo's ko on that asswipe gets better and better every time i hear bisbitch's dumb ass speak.
ReX13- February 23, 2010 at 10:18 am
"Seeing Nogueira get knocked out cold is a little like seeing a unicorn die of a heart attack. You never thought you’d ever live to see it, and afterwards you kind of wish you never had."

Snarky, poetic, and dead-on at the same damn time--this is why i've made a home for myself at cagepotato.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- February 23, 2010 at 10:17 am
You can't help but like Lytle and you can't help but despise Bisping.

I could watch Hendo's flying punch on a comatose Bisping every morning with breakfast...
Goat- February 23, 2010 at 10:13 am
If blood was chocolate, Count Chocula would have been drooling...wait...
mthomas- February 23, 2010 at 10:10 am
I died a little inside too watching Big Nog get KO'd like that. I called it last week in the comments of the Ben Vs. Ben that Sotiropoulos would win this handily. Oh, and Dana said in the pre-fight press conference that Bonnar will always have a job with the UFC. Cro-Cop still looked lousy: Rothwell would have mauled him.
Sabado Gigante- February 23, 2010 at 10:06 am
Shug shot me
Lysol- February 23, 2010 at 10:04 am
Excellent call on Bonnar. Took the words right from my mouth.
theknappyone- February 23, 2010 at 9:54 am
First. This card was a giant disappointment for my inner fanboy. But a giant boner for the animal inside me. Blood is love.