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The Potato Index: UFC 98 Aftermath


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There’s nothing like a title changing hands, a hatchet being buried, and an upset or two to give the arbitrary numerical rankings system of the Potato Index something to talk about.  Let’s see who’s up and who’s down after UFC 98.

Lyoto Machida +316
He came into this fight as the favorite to win a boring decision.  Less than ten minutes later people were talking about The Machida Era as if it were the Ming Dynasty and lamenting the fate of whatever poor bastard had to face him next.  He proved you can be an elusive, complicated martial artist and still kick serious ass.  Dawning of a new age in MMA, or just a beautiful anomaly?

Rashad Evans -127
Becomes another 205-pound champ to lose his first title defense, and barely lands a punch in the process.  Keeping your back against the cage and trying to counter those whirlwind attacks can probably be ruled out as the strategy to beat Machida, but Evans had to try something.  Back to the middle of the pack.


Matt Hughes +8
By insisting that the fight with Serra would be painfully one-sided he only made himself look less impressive as he settled for holding down a guy who wasn’t supposed to be able to hang with him.  There’s no reason to think he can compete with the top welterweights like GSP, Alves, or even Fitch right now.  Time to pack it in and join the Hall of Fame.

Matt Serra -3
So close to another big upset, but couldn’t capitalize.  He proved what a scrappy, resilient fighter he is even in defeat.  What he isn’t is a member of the division’s elite.  That’s okay.  He’s enough of a personality that people will still want to see him doing something in front of a TV camera, even if they hate themselves for it.

Drew McFedries +47

Put a man-sized beating on “Professor X,” and probably saved his own job in the process.  Nothing like the prospect of unemployment to make a man dig deep.  Now if you win the next one, Drew, they call that a winning streak.  

Xavier Foupa-Pokam -32
The slack people cut him for losing a decision to Denis Kang in his first UFC fight does not extend to getting KTFO’d by McFedries in his second.  Showed a lot of heart trying to battle through it, but heart won’t pay the bills.  Consider yourself extremely lucky if the UFC gives you one more chance.

Chael Sonnen +33

Well, it’s a win.  It wasn’t much fun to watch and it wasn’t all that pretty, but it may have been exactly what The Fastest White Man Alive needed.  

Dan Miller -17
Couldn’t capitalize on a couple early submission opportunities, then got simply outwrestled.  Looks like neither of the Miller brothers is there just yet, though their potential is too great to be ignored.  Now he knows where the holes are in his game.  And so does everyone else.

Frankie Edgar +68
The biggest win of his career, without a doubt.  He looked sharp on the feet and at least good enough on the ground and in avoiding takedowns.  He keeps this up and adds some finishing ability, Edgar might really do something.

Sean Sherk -79
What’s the worst thing you can do when you’ve got T-Rex arms and only decent boxing skills?  For the answer, go watch Sherk miss with his hooks by at least a foot and a half.  Worst.  Gameplan.  Ever.  And what’s with disappearing to the Hard Rock right after the fight?  Something’s not right here.

Krzysztof Soszynski +45
Yet another quick win, and without the kimura this time.  Looks like K-Sos has some real skills.  He’s also staying pretty busy.  Maybe now’s the time to put him against another rising star like a Jon Jones.  

Andre Gusmao -39
A second loss in as many UFC fights.  Guess who might have a pink slip coming?

Brock Larson +34

Takes on a late replacement and makes him look like exactly that.  Larson only knows one direction and that’s straight up into your face.  That kind of pressure fighter can give lots of people problems.  Let’s see how he stacks up against some of the better wrestlers in the welterweight class.  Paging, Dr. Koscheck.

Mike Pyle -17

It’s not easy to cut a ton of weight in a few days and then face a guy like Larson, but the UFC is never terribly interested in excuses.  Pyle needs to remind them what he can do with proper notice in his next fight.

Tim Hague +28
The win seemed to surprise him as much as anyone.  He showed he can take a shot on the feet and was good enough to exploit Barry’s weakness on the mat.  Call that lucky if you want, but also call it smart.

Pat Barry -31

A more explosive kickboxer is hard to find in MMA.  Without a good takedown defense, however, that won’t get you very far.

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One Two- May 25, 2009 at 9:04 pm
on those two terrible showings he had a fucked up knee
PingPong- May 25, 2009 at 8:41 pm
How is Shogun back on everybody's list as a great fighter? He had two terrible showings then a first round KO of an over the hill and solved Chuck and now it's like he the number one contender all of a sudden. Not saying he couldn't be great again but let's him a few more fights until we are sure he is back.
Poo Flinger- May 25, 2009 at 5:09 pm
@ u02jgc9

Knowing Machida's style is one thing. Having a training partner that can emulate it is another. There are very, very few out there that can emulate Machida's speed, accuracy, and angles of attack. Plus Machida does adapt. He gets criticized for being boring a plodding, and look what he did to his last few opponents. Heck, the guy wants to get back to training so he can analyze the mistakes he made against Rashad. Chuck never evolved, but Machida will continue to. That is the scary part.
ttocs- May 25, 2009 at 3:58 pm
I can't wait to see UFC matchups start looking alot like they used to. Style vs Style. Crane vs Tiger if you will.

In the past it happened because fighters had only mastered (used loosely) one dicipline.

Now we are getting some fighters who have mastered most elements and EXCEL at one:

Anderson Silva- Muay Thai
Frank Mir- BJJ
Fedor- Sambo
Machida- Karate
etc.

Great times to be MMA fans people!!!!!
u02jgc9- May 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm
Machida's style is impressive, but it is now known. Just like Lidell was on top until he was figured out and everyone else on top- Tito Ortiz- it's not a champ's style- a style can't be perfect. It's the champ himself and how dynamic he is- can he change faster than others are adapting- it's just like natural selection and that's why fighting has been around forever.
PurplePickle- May 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm
Machida has gone from boring douche to living legend for half of the MMA fan base.
I wasn't a complete hater, but I was damn far from being a fan until he destroyed Thiago. Now I'm excited as fuck, like most everyone else, to see his title defense.
I feel comfortable predicting Lyoto will have a Silva/Liddell/Hughes length run as UFC champ.
What I don't see is his karate style being the next revolution in MMA, anymore than Fedor's lunging attacks being effective for someone other than Fedor. Look at the success Chuck had for so long. But who would be able to survive years of fighting with your hand glued to your hip while running backwards. Chuck had the benefit of a natural born, lights out, killer right hand. I think the same goes for Machida's reflexes and focus. Add to that his being a southpaw, and lethal striking power and we are on the verge of witnessing something very unique and possibly wonderful in this sport.
sPeLLcHeCkEr- May 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm
They've BOTH publically stated that they will never fight each other... not just Silva.

Aren't they both from the same camp, and have the same manager? That's definitely not going to help things, either.

Though it'd really come down to how Dana wants to push the envelope on the fight in the years to come. They'll most likely settle it playing Undisputed, and Dana will sell the PPV for that "fight".
Lysol- May 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm
I like how there's so much less spam/pointless name calling now that comments are registered. It's very refreshing. A few thoughts:

-If it's true that you're not actually a champion until you defend your title, then Machida has to be a favorite to be the UFC's first LHW champion since...um...it's been a while.

-I'm not sure what's worse for Sherk: Having those little arms and STILL missing his opponent by three feet, or missing his post-fight drug test entirely.

-I know that the UFC is trying to hype the return of Brock Larson and all, but could they possibly put him in a real fight? Preferably against a challenging opponent who has more than a few weeks to prepare?
HAL_13- May 25, 2009 at 1:49 pm
HOLY SHIT PEOPLE, GIVE ME A FUCKIN BREAK HERE. ANDERSON SILVA DON'T EVEN WANT TO FIGHT PATRICK COTE OR THALES LAITES. WHAT THE FUCK MAKES ANYONE ON THIS GREAT PLANET EVEN THINK THAT HE WOULD HAVE ANY DESIRE WHAT SO EVER TO FIGHT MACHIDA WITHOUT BEING A FUCKING CHICKEN SHIT TO FIGHT JUST AS HE WAS WITH HIS LAST 2 FIGHTS. FUCK SILVA. EVEN IF THEY WERE NOT FRIENDS SILVA WOULD STILL SAY FUCK NO I WANT NO PART OF THAT DAMN MACHIDA CAUSE ME PUSSY AND NO WANT FIGHT WICK MAFITTA. SILVA IS A DUMB FUCKIN GOON WHO KEEPS US WASTING OUR MONEY SO WHY DO SO MANY OF YOU KEEP SUCKIN ON HIM. LET HIM GO GUYS, JUST LET HIM GO. IT'LL ALL BE OK.
LockDown- May 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm
Anderson is close to Lyoto... it won't happen.
But if they were worst enemies, Lyoto would frustrate him.
Sneaky Pete- May 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm
@831 Son

Yea, agreed. I think it's one of the more interesting turns of the sport to see like Karate evolve to take into account other aspects of the game and become truly viable forms of mma that still have an essential core that is formidable in and of itself.

Interesting.
831 Son- May 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Agreed with FreddyFangers on Anderson being the only one to hang with him.

Shogun wouldnt beat lyoto, and it would be tough for shogun to climb ranks.

Hopefully now there will be more people coming into the UFC representing a martial art like Lyoto does. Id like to see some Kung-fu, some Krav-Maga, Savate etc..
Sneaky Pete- May 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm
@FreddyFanger

Only valid opponent Silva? You don't think a Kanuck Kyokushin fighter has a chance against him? Yea, he probably doesn't.

I'm liking the storybook narrative though. But I have a feeling he'll be out pointed soon, if not by Rampage, then by someone else.


FreddyFangers- May 25, 2009 at 12:28 pm
Shogun truly has no chance against him. The only valid opponent in the UFC that I can see at this point is Anderson Silva and we know that is not going to happen. I have no problem with that. I like that the second coming of the mighty brazillians is here. This is showing how cerebral and artistic MMA is. This style of fighting will only garner more respect and acclaim critically.
HAL_13- May 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm
ANYONE IN THE 205 DIVISION HAS A CHANCE AT BEATING THE NEXT GUY NO MATTER HOW GREAT A FIGHTER IS. 99 TIMES OUT OF 100 MACHIDA WOULD DESTROY SHOGUN WITH EASE JUST AS HE IS DOING NOW WITH EVERYONE ELSE HE IS FIGHTING. I NEVER WAS A FAN OF MACHIDA BECAUSE I ALWAYS THOUGHT HE WAS A BORING FIGHTER MUCH LIKE EVERYONE ELSE HAS THOUGH OF HIS PAST. HIS LAST FEW FIGHTS HAVE REALLY REELED ME INTO BEING A BIG FAN OF HIS. AS LONG AS HE KEEPS DOING EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING AND NOT CHANGING MUCH AT ALL OF HIS STYLE IF ANY AT ALL THEN THE CHANCES ARE THAT HE WILL BE THE CHAMP FOR A VERY VERY LONG TIME. THEN AGAIN THERE IS ALWAYS THAT ONE PHANTOM PUNCH THAT ANYONE CAN LAND TO BEAT HIM WITH. OTHER THEN THE SICK FUCKING PISS DRINKING BULLSHIT I THINK THE MAN IS A FREAKIN AWESOME HUMAN BEING AS FAR AS BEING A FIGHTER GOES. MACHIDA WILL CLEAN HIS ASS WITH SHOGUN IF SHOGUN WAS EVER GOOD ENOUGH TO EARN A FIGHT WITH HIM.
Serpente- May 25, 2009 at 11:49 am
Lyoto will not fall into that TUF 205 title curse, he will keep the belt for a long time no one in 205 is capable except one man...yes that is Shogun.
T1- May 25, 2009 at 11:21 am
Larson and Kos are semi-teammates.
(just sayin')
Fedor fan- May 25, 2009 at 11:19 am
Frankie Edgar should have like +100 atleast
Edgar vs Sanchez should be nice.
Aenarion- May 25, 2009 at 11:02 am
@Mike

It's completely arbitrary.
MIKE MOSHER- May 25, 2009 at 10:55 am
I like the Potato Index but what the hell does it mean? What number does a fighter begin with? Is there a certain number range that great fighters or crappy fighters fall into?
Danxxx- May 25, 2009 at 10:52 am
oppps primero.
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