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The Potato Index: UFC Fight Night 21 Aftermath

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Kenny Florian (Submission of the Night), Roy Nelson (KO of the Night) and the duo of Ross Pearson/Dennis Siver (Fight of the Night) pocketed $30,000 bonuses for their work on last night’s UFC Fight Night 21 event, but what’s money compared to the numbers of the Potato Index? Sure, maybe the Index’s arbitrary numerical rankings system can’t be exchanged for goods and services, but on the flip side, no one has ever accused the Index of being the root of all evil. Not yet, anyway.

Let’s see who’s up and who’s down on this fine Thursday morning.

Kenny Florian +74
Beating Gomi doesn’t mean quite as much as it once did, but Florian looked sharp, patient, and smart in victory. He probably still wouldn’t beat B.J. Penn, which makes him the second-best lightweight in the UFC. Guess it’s better than being the third-best.

Takanori Gomi -31
Honestly? He did better than we expected. Florian picked him apart with that jab and he seemed to get frustrated enough to start looking for the one-shot home run, but at least he looked competitive against a high-level opponent. Now let’s see him against someone in the middle of the pack so we can find out just how much fight he has left in him.

Roy Nelson +86
What, you thought “Big Country” was in trouble just because he was giving up nearly a foot in height? Naw, playa. Struve was just the right height for a looping right hand, and a guy with that much gut behind his punches doesn’t need to land more than one of those. James Toney next? That’s a suggestion we could get behind, even if it was intended as a joke.

Stefan Struve -72
Tough kid, bright future, but he’s obviously not there yet. The UFC should think of him as more of a work in progress with a lot of potential upside down the road. Once he learns how to most effectively use those long limbs, he could be trouble.

Jorge Rivera +63
How is it that, at 38 years old, Rivera now seems to be hitting his peak? Not that he set an incredibly high standard to beat in his twenties, but suddenly the dude went from just hanging around to hurting people. Milford, what!?

Nate Quarry -57
No one will question his heart or toughness, but once again we see him undone by a disturbing lack of head movement. Anybody is going to fall eventually if they become such an easy target.

Ross Pearson +58
The Brit continues to impress with sharp striking and an intelligent approach. If he keeps improving at this rate he’ll break into the top of the division in no time. We wouldn’t mind seeing him tested by someone who’s already there in his next fight.

Dennis Siver -44
He can take a beating and still keep coming, but once he has to go to plan B he seems lost. The spinning back kick is a nice little move to have in your pocket, but against the better guys in the division it’s not a fight-ender.

Gleison Tibau +47
It was only his third TKO victory ever, and his first in nearly three years. What he lacks in frequency, though, he makes up for with sheer brutality.

Caol Uno -49
You won’t find a nicer guy in this sport, but it’s starting to look like his best days are in the rearview mirror. We’d rather not have to watch him staggering around the Octagon for too much longer if that’s really the case.

Bojangles Coliseum -121
A power outage in the middle of the event? Sure, it provided Joe Rogan with the opportunity to make an Arianny Celeste vibrator joke on Twitter, and that’s fun, but come on. Let’s act like professionals here.

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fatbellyfrank- April 2, 2010 at 1:32 am
Gomi looked competitive? don't think so IMO, Kenflo had him covered all the way.
Officially declaring myself a Big Country nut-hugger, let them soupbones go Bro!
Pearson v Siver, once again IMO, but similar in action levels if not technique to Miller V Bocek the other night, both great fights with plenty skills and heart on display.
PERPATRAITOR- April 2, 2010 at 12:57 am
Aoki has the best jitsu in all of japan. He also doesn't give a fuck about his opponents . He will break someones arm/leg/neck again and again. He's intense, one takedown is all he needs. He is a prizefighter with youth on his side...only some 10th planet Eddie Bravo or Nick Diaz Gracie fighting could take him out lol....seriously :)
Ninjanate- April 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm
@ghostboner Aoki was smoking George in that match for the entire first round. It was 5 minutes of George defending leg locks. In the second round he came out and full on ball kicked him. And honestly, I think Aoki could give a lot of guys trouble, as long as he didn't get knocked out.
Randy Pan- April 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm
Despite his presence on TUF 10 and his dull victories on that show, I'm starting to like Roy Nelson. He can knock suckas out, and he can out-grapple Frank Mir. He might not be an elite heavy-weight, but he's going places for sure.
ghostboner- April 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm
@perpatraitor - Didn't Aoki quit because he was pretending like he had nuts and George hit them? I don't think we can count that. Aoki was having trouble with him back then, and Sotiroupopulououlous is a better fighter now, while Aoki has remained virtually the same. imo anyway.
sevvi- April 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm
I know it wasnt their only match, still mir gassed out totally and Roy won cause of better gas tank.
PERPATRAITOR- April 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm
matt serra if he could cut to that would be a force for sure. however stropoloolosuuses whatever has been beatin by aoki, one of the few people to beat him.

@sevvi both guys were gassing. that wasn't their only match that day either. Mir blows.
sevvi- April 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm
@PERPATRAITOR imo he won early on and lost because he gassed.
ghostboner- April 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm
I think mir-Nelson works, as does nelson-gonzaga. As for Aoki, nah, playa. I think his jitsu would get him a few wins in the UFC, but I seriously doubt he could hang with Diaz, Maynard, Griffin, Stevenson, Sotirooupulouuoupuopoplous, or most of the better guys at 155, and I will just go ahead and say that Ken Flo would MURDER him. First death from octagon related injuries.

Here is the match we need, Matt Serra cuts to 155 and fights Aoki.
PERPATRAITOR- April 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm
Mir vs Big Country is a perfect matchup. Google their grappling match, Roy won. Roy's grappling and bjj is better than Mir's IMO. obviously Mir doesn't have a smart clinch game either. He forgets he has a face that needs protecting.

Gomi has had no cardio since Nick Diaz submitted him while he was high as fuck. (Nick Diaz is my favorite fighter BTW and could smoke anyone out there today, including giving GSP a run for his money)

Finally these fighters are good. i see they have martial arts trainging and also some great wrestlers as well. i think this season will produce a great couple of fighters.

AND finally Chuck Liddell had it all wrong. Tito is not a door knob, his ex girlfriend is. oooooooohhh dem's fightin words!!
nuclearblast- April 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Aoki doesn't stand a chance against any top 10 guy in the UFC.

He's like 20 pounds lighter than these guys, he has no chin, no stand up, no strength.

Having Aoki at #2 is just a way to hype Dream imo.

El Guapo- April 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Do they not have treadmills in Japan or is it just against Gomi's religion to work on his cardio? Either way, the Fireball Kid sure doesn't burn like he used to..

Mumbles is prob'ly working on his comeback diss video as we speak. "Whodahell a Big Country calln me out fo? Big belly ass can't faze me, nawmsayin?"

rlh61- April 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I agree on the Aoki/Florian comments. Granted I haven't seen nearly as much of him as I have of Florian, but they look to be a nice match-up. From my limited knowledge of Aoki, I don't think he can hang with BJ. I don't like Penn, but he's the best 155 anywhere.

'Awesomousity'...I like it.
NOTSOB- April 1, 2010 at 11:13 am
@ Tats
LOL howd you know i did that you clever dog you!
ReX13- April 1, 2010 at 11:04 am
Gonzaga-Nelson makes good sense. "Big Nose" vs "Big Country".

MoonBelly- April 1, 2010 at 10:54 am
blah, the Nelson/Mir matchup just doesn't excite me. I can see how JdS would maybe be too big of a stepup, but I don't think Kongo is the answer. Kongo got a nice win under his belt his last time out so let's allow him to get back into the picture before we feed him to a grappler again. Maybe Gonzaga is better matchup for Nelson.
knucklesamitch- April 1, 2010 at 10:53 am
I say put Mir against the loser of JDS/Cain...then once we loses it's walking papers...he's done. FUCK MIR.
killacam- April 1, 2010 at 10:50 am
Should be JDS vs Cain V for title shot at Lesnar/Carwin winner and Roy vs Mir
Tats- April 1, 2010 at 10:47 am
@notsob Just because you look at gomi's wiki record and don't recognize the names doesn't mean they're nobodies.

Was sad gomi lost but ken flo was impressive. Id love to see him rematch sanchez if he ever comes back to 155.
ReX13- April 1, 2010 at 10:38 am
Knucklesamitch>> Just my opinion. I'm less and less impressed with Aoki everytime i watch him. Aoki-Florian would be a good scrap, as would Florian-Alvarez. I'd take Ken Flo in both. Maybe the Aoki-Melendez matchup will help take some of the shine off of Aoki's aura of awesomousity.
knucklesamitch- April 1, 2010 at 10:33 am
Ok...I'll say it...what's all this #2 @ 155lb talk...Last I checked, it's Shinya Aoki.
ReX13- April 1, 2010 at 10:29 am
I'm warming to the idea of Toney-Nelson.

I'm just not sure where Big Country fits into the packed heavyweight scene. I didn't think he belonged with the Tier 2 guys like Nog and Mir, but it looks like i was wrong.

A fight to determine this is coming though, after a couple of knockout victories. I'd say he's past Kongo at this point.
cecils_pupils- April 1, 2010 at 10:12 am
You know, MoonBelly, last night I was thinkin' the same thing. But I think that is too big a step up and Roy prolly wouldn't agree to getting fed to a shark like JDS so soon.

I was thinking Kongo would be a great opponent for Nelson. Honestly I can't think of anyone else who isn't already matched-up in HW. Unless, dare I say it,... Frank Mir??
MoonBelly- April 1, 2010 at 9:58 am
I really cant see DW letting Nelson pick his fights. As cecils just pointed out we just saw him go against Slice. I think Nelson will start to get thrown to the sharks. Maybe JdS next?
imabigfan- April 1, 2010 at 9:57 am
because KF didn't have to have a fissure sown up on his forehead after his loss to BJ? I'd like to see a sanchez florian rematch though. Is Sanchez done in lightweight, or is his move up temporary?