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The Potato Index: The Week That Was


(‘Now we go for ice cream!’  Photo courtesy of NBC Sports.)

It was an MMA-tastic week what with the “Fight for the Troops” and the Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale both within a few days of one another, plus a little Adrenaline thrown in the mix.  And while the big boys mostly sat this one out and let the young up-and-comers vie for the spotlight, there were still plenty of gains and losses made.  Now it’s time to sort through the wreckage and see who’s up and who’s down with our arbitrary numerical rating system.

Josh Koscheck +87

Even after putting a hurting on Yoshida, the future is uncertain for Kos.  Is he the best welterweight no one really wants to see all that badly?  

Ryan Bader +102

Wrestler-turned-TUF winner proves he’s got more than just takedowns in his arsenal, going upside Vinny’s head with a big right hand.  Satisfying ending, but let’s see what he can do against a real UFC fighter before we get too excited.

Vinny Magalhaes -48

Trying to prove you can do something other than the thing you do really, really well is admirable, though not all that bright.

Phillipe Nover -19

For a guy who does so many things well, there sure is a huge hole in his game.  I’d get that fixed if I was you.

Efrain Escudero +65

Not the most thrilling bout (anytime Rogan and Goldberg spend time during the broadcast talking about how not boring the fight is, that’s a bad sign), but the underdog got the job done.  Now it’s time to round out the skill set.

Anthony Johnson +119

Note to self: do not poke “Rumble” in the eye.  Note to Kevin Burns: now that your hand is healed, why not keep them near the old face region.

Razak Al-Hassan -42

Okay, so you’re a tough guy.  You’re also a stupid guy.  At least your place in UFC lore is secure.

Steve Cantwell EVEN

Everything was going great until the post-fight interview.  Maybe expressing a hope that your opponent was not seriously injured would have been a better idea than gloating over the sickening slow-mo arm pop?

Jim Miller +60

From the honeymoon suite to the Octagon, and he still has enough gas in the tank to run Wiman’s ass ragged.  You gotta love these Miller boys.

Yoshiyuki Yoshida -32

Everybody wants to make a highlight reel, but not like that.  Feel better, bud.

Wilson Gouveia +20

Big win against a quality opponent.  Next time put down the fork a day earlier and make weight.

Jason MacDonald -18

It’s been a busy year for “The Athlete,” and one with very mixed results.  So much potential, but that will only carry you so far and for so long.  The clock is ticking.

TBI +340

The UFC raises awareness and over $4 million all in one night.  Good show.

Irony +421

The UFC holds a benefit show for injured soldiers and ends up injuring half the fighters on the card, some gut-wrenchingly so.  When’s the benefit for these guys?

Paul Blart: Mall Cop -735

You can figure out everything you need to know about this movie based on the title and the preview, either of which will lower your IQ a good ten points.  At least it makes you appreciate “Reno: 911.”

Mike Swick +56

“Quick” seems like an apt nickname all of a sudden.  But will he ever crack the top ten, or is gatekeeper status the best he can do?

Junie Browning +27

Beating Dave Kaplan isn’t the achievement of a lifetime, but he did look good doing it.  Maybe there’s a future here, after all.

Pat Miletich +46

A legend proves he’s still got it, even if it was just against Thomas Denny.  We’re not sure why he felt it necessary to climb back in the cage after so many years and so much success as a coach, but we’re glad to see him get his hand raised again.

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Bootylam!- December 18, 2008 at 9:18 pm
Yo Pac Man! Keep it old school! "Sure my leg bent like an overcooked spaghetti, but I'm drinking milk..." Takes me back. Thank you.
Anonymous- December 18, 2008 at 4:42 am
do you mean Ben Saunders?
poopers- December 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm
what about bob sounders. he must be at like +72134831274 for his vicious kicks and knees
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 4:48 am
let me get this straight when GSP takes downs BJ penn and lays and prays it's a good fight when anyone else with good technical wrestling does it it's boring??

Bader is a Badass he has a ton of power and a good skill set so does Efrian!

I get it everyone wants to see guys fight until their old like Ken Shamrock and look pathetic.
Pac-Man- December 15, 2008 at 9:47 pm
Cory Hill's Tibia -121
Cory Hill's Fibia -121

And if He did a retro "But I'm drinking milk" commercial... +1989

Naw, just playing. He's tough as shit, I can't take that from him.
Me- December 15, 2008 at 9:03 pm
Derly, the Bens have said multiple times that these numbers don't mean anything at all. It's just numbers that try to represent the current mood or feeling about fighters and what not. Just have fun with it.
boober- December 15, 2008 at 8:26 pm
+500 to joe rogan for thinking nobody noticed that burp
Derly- December 15, 2008 at 8:16 pm
@Farthammer
Subs are technical in the fact they take a lot of technique to execute properly. And a knockout coming from using a lot of technical striking is cooler than a knockout from a straight up brawler.
sirch6002- December 15, 2008 at 8:07 pm
so is it just me, or does vinny seem like a bigger version of jorge gurgel? sure, he's got a lot of talent, but if you don't want to use it, then its completely pointless to have, and you just wasted several years of your life learning it.
Farthammer- December 15, 2008 at 7:19 pm
I should clarify that comment was apropos of nothing. Just throwing it out there.
Farthammer- December 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm
I'm somewhat athletic and train BJJ and I can say with no shame: knockouts and Subs are wayyyyyy cooler than a "technical" fight.
Penn Lb4Lb- December 15, 2008 at 7:15 pm
No Damage? what about the multiple times he bounced his head off the floor with his fist? you might want to rewatch the fight

And when was the last time you were picked up a slammed by someone? probably never because you're the unathletic mma fan who has never competed in any sport, so you can't appreciate the skills and athleticism it takes to dominate someone like that in grappling

makes me hate YOU -1 billion!

DROP DEAD JACK- December 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm
boring ass wrestlers -1 billion

efrian out wrestling nover and causing NO damage to him makes me hate mma.
Derly- December 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm
I'm wearing cotton gloves typing this because my hands are so fucking cold. To be honest it feels good hitting keys with gloves on. Although it actually takes a bit more coordination, and my fingers tend to slip here and there.

Why not start keeping an actual scoreboard with the points listed for some of this stuff. Oh wait there is one... the power rankings, which makes all this stuff useless and arbitrary to anything.
FilmDrunk- December 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm
Also: How many times does Goldberg need to read something before he pronounces is right? Efrain is not "EFF-ree-on", unless you're a goddamned moron.
Wildcard- December 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm
where is LL Cool JJ in all of this
1 leg 2 bones- December 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm
Corey Hill +500 for tryin to stand on his mangled leg after it looked like a water ballon, and still tryin to pull guard.
MrFeexit- December 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm
Corey Hill +175 for the nastiest leg break since Joe Theisman.
Treebs- December 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm
If by break you mean completely and utterly destroy, and by rating system you mean his leg, then yes he did
B2thaRad- December 15, 2008 at 3:12 pm
Right on all of these.
drewdoodoo- December 15, 2008 at 3:12 pm
Where's Corey Hill? Did he break the rating system?
Anonymous- December 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm
i think junie can become a good mma fighter
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