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The Potato Index: UFC Fight Night 18 Aftermath

(‘No, you let go!’ Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly)

Who’s up and who’s down on this Thursday morning?  Only The Potato Index knows.  Gather ‘round and listen closely as it whispers the answers to you via its arbitrary numerical ratings system.  Shhh, it’s starting…

Martin Kampmann +91

The Dane justified every positive thing that’s been said about him in the past week.  He proved to be well-rounded, resilient, and effective, even if he looked a little gassed in the final round.  If he improves his wrestling skills he could be a contender at 170 pounds.  You can argue the decision if you want, but the only judge who didn’t score it in his favor was Cecil Peoples.  What does that tell you?

Carlos Condit -34

No one wants to debut in the UFC with a loss, but it’s not like he got trampled by some nobody.  Condit acquitted himself well even in defeat, and once he gets a little more comfortable in the UFC he might prove to be a real threat.  He’s going to have to start near the bottom, though.

Ryan Bader + 48

He outwrestled a good wrestler, which is exactly what we were expecting.  It wasn’t thrilling, but it was a win and that’s a good place to start.  Just ask Rashad Evans.  Now Bader has to hope his knee doesn’t sideline him for too long.

Carmelo Marrero -42

The UFC didn’t bring him in to face a TUF winner with an all-around better skill set because they expected him to shock the world.  He proved to be tough, though far from spectacular.  Seems like there’s a lot of that going around lately.

Cole Miller +78

He reinvented himself as a hothead trash-talker for this fight, but he got the job done and made submitting Junie Browning look a lot easier than Efrain Escudero did.  What’s up with yelling in a guy’s face afterwards, Cole?  Beating Junie and still looking like the classless one isn’t the best possible outcome.

Junie Browning -60

He’s got a long way to go to prove that he belongs in the UFC.  Attention-getting antics might be enough to land him a temporary spot, but they won’t keep him there for long.  His next fight is when we find out whether Junie becomes a redemption story or a cautionary tale.

Tyson Griffin +53

Another victory via unanimous decision.  Weird.  Griffin showed a willingness to do something other than wrestle, which is encouraging even if the end result was the same.  Now how about stringing together a combo or two rather than winging one right hand at a time and hoping the guy falls down?

Rafael Dos Anjos -49

After threatening ever so briefly to pull off the upset, he dropped his second straight UFC fight and failed to do anything to make us think the UFC should keep him around.  I wouldn’t run out and spend that bonus money if I were you.

Brock Larson +40

Welcome back to the UFC, now get ready to fight someone who wasn’t put in there to lose.  We’re looking forward to it.

Jesse Sanders – 23

It’s one thing to punk guys in Extreme Challenge, but quite another in the UFC.  I’ll bet somebody’s wishing he’d tried out to beat up some limey’s on “The Ultimate Fighter” instead.  

Tim Credeur +29

Another win, and over a credible opponent.  Maybe next time he’ll even get on TV.

Nick Catone -22

Ah, the first blemish on an undefeated record.  Don’t take it too hard, kid.  There’ll be plenty more.

“Mask” Tributes + 131

The UFC remembers a friend to the sport and keeps it classy and understated.  Well done.

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slapjaw ackrite- April 2, 2009 at 9:10 pm

don't think I'm your type, I don't live under a bridge. Take it easy killer
yo mama- April 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm
my boy Carlos looked good, but lets be realistic here, he is not big or strong enough to keep up with the top welterweights. Just stand him next to a GSP who walks around at just shy of 200. He could potentually shake up the lightweights though...come on Carlos, get up on that stevia.
LAS- April 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Go eat a dick. All I do for the sport is buy every PPV. Seeing someone's death turned into a big marketing event makes my stomach turn. When you do shit like that, and make tons of money doing it, and then try to camoflauge what you're doing as "good for the sport," you ought to be called out on it.
mexican arm bar- April 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm
i know its only been one day guys , but let it go. condit lost.
Ample- April 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Word dude...Miller vs Diaz would be flippin awsome
Dangada Dang- April 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Just wait for it. Then you will be my bitch
slapjaw ackrite- April 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm
OK, I know Cecil Peoples is a dumb shit, but that doesn't mean he is wrong every single time. He's got to be right at least once, and I think that was last night.

Maybe the other judges have the same perception of him that we all seem to. Either they fell asleep during the fight or were too busy perving on the ring girls to pay attention. Then, realizing the Natural Born Killer did not end the fight, they looked at Peoples' card and said, "Cecil is stupid, this must be wrong. Kampmann won."
Keyser Soze- April 2, 2009 at 11:59 am
I agree with the split decision to Kampmann, despite round 2 being Condit's. I'm not saying Condit's not a good fighter, but his WEC title defenses were against a bunch of 2nd rate (if that) fighters. Welcome to the big show.

The first round wasn't memorable for either fighter, but the 3rd round was all Kampmann. It was a fair decision.

FWIW, Payday's comment regarding Cole Miller cracked me up. That was funny, well done man.
slapjaw ackrite- April 2, 2009 at 11:49 am
april 2nd must be april tools day huh dangada
Dangada Dang- April 2, 2009 at 11:18 am

Payday- April 2, 2009 at 11:12 am
Miller should have skipped the trash talk and just tea bagged that fucker.

Eat a dick, Junie. Go throw a glass at someone.
UFCINCALGARYALBERTACANADA- April 2, 2009 at 11:08 am
Miller vs Nate needs to happen!
Condit vs Hazlett

lets get that book for the first Calgary show....
Myles Kilometers- April 2, 2009 at 10:49 am
It's hard to hate on Miller for acting like a bit of a dick after beating Browning, when the only reason anyone knows who Junie is is because he's a jackass. You can't forgive one and not the other...especially when the other at least backed it up.

CP made a big deal about how Miller might be in a lose/lose situation after he talked up how bad Junie was and the only way to validate his words would be to trounce his lesser opponent quickly...which is exactly what he did.

At least Miller proved he could be interesting (even if he came across as a bit of a tool) to go along with being a good fighter who wins. The UFC need more guys like that...
Captain Bringdown- April 2, 2009 at 10:44 am
I think Condit was conditioned to win 5 round fights. I also think that there is no question that he would have went on to win a 5 rounder.

SoCal- April 2, 2009 at 10:32 am
You hit the nail on the head.
Fenix- April 2, 2009 at 10:29 am
Agreed, Condit won that.
Ample- April 2, 2009 at 10:14 am
The Condit/Kampmann fight was a bunch of bullshit. Condit won that fight.

Cole Miller "whos overated now". Suck on that you Junie Browning fluffing cock suckers.
Quasicholo- April 2, 2009 at 10:04 am
Nice Mask tribute, but an Helio and Tanner tribute of equal quality was in order. Someone dropped the ball.
BionicWalta- April 2, 2009 at 9:55 am
whatever happened to that Evan Tanner tribute that i never saw materialize?
Loretta Hunt- April 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

So what were we talking about again? :)
Darkside- April 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

Couldn't agree more.
auzzy- April 2, 2009 at 9:46 am
Rafael Dos Anjos proved he can still be in the UFC. I dont think a loss like that is enough to kick him out. I didnt see his last L but he made the fight worth watching on the ground and if you were to get points for submission attempts he'd have faired far better.
SoCal- April 2, 2009 at 9:37 am
@ Junie,

Bader's fight was tough to watch. I'm right there with you.

To quote DW, "It was like watching turtles fucking."
SoCal- April 2, 2009 at 9:36 am

I'm sure that Tapout's sponsorship isn't half as altruistic as they'd like you to believe; however, I still suspect that it's about 1000x more than you've done for the sport.

How about less judgment and just remember a guy who did something for the sport we all love?
Junie - April 2, 2009 at 9:35 am
just what the ufc needs, another fucking boring wrestler. I fast forwarded over half of the Bader fight and still it was too long. A couple of submission attempts in round 1 and then back to laying on top.