25 May 2009 10:48:42 AM
(Photo courtesy of SI.com)
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.