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The Potato Index: Strikeforce – Carano vs. Cyborg Recap

Cyborg Santos vs. Gina Carano fight
(Whoa, whoa, Cyborg. Didn’t Strikeforce ask you very nicely to refrain from messing up Gina’s face if possible? The girl’s got to make a living after this.)

Where do this weekend’s Strikeforce participants stand after their crushing defeats and triumphant victories?  Let’s consult the Potato Index’s arbitrary numerical rankings system to see whose stock fell and whose is on the rise.

“Cyborg” Santos +236
She absolutely overwhelmed Carano with her power and aggression.  A little sloppiness and a couple of failed takedown attempts show she still has room for improvement, but she came up big in the most important fight in the history of women’s MMA.  Let’s see how many people tune in to see her next fight before we decide what kind of future there is for female main events.

Gina Carano -131
The face of women’s MMA took a beating on Saturday night, but what does it mean for her celebrity and the popularity of the women’s division?  That’s still unclear, but at least we found out what happens when Carano has to face a real striker.  Maybe fewer photo shoots and more time in the gym would have helped?

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The Potato Index: WEC/Strikeforce Double Feature

Brett Rogers KO's Andrei Arlovski
(How’s taste this career-shattering loss? Photo by Esther Lin for Showtime Sports.)

What a weekend of fights, and amazingly, all without the benefit of the initials “UFC.”  Instead we had Strikeforce and the WEC (okay, a Zuffa property, but still) teaming up to blow our minds without charging us fifty bucks for a pay-per-view.  Now we begin the difficult task of using the Potato Index’s completely arbitrary numerical rankings system to see who’s up and who’s down after the eventful weekend.

Mike Brown +209
He beat Faber fair and square, no flukes needed, and he also proved he can last through five tough rounds.  Instead of making broken hand-related excuses for Faber, let’s finally all give Brown the unqualified props he clearly deserves.

Urijah Faber -37
We can play the ‘what if?’ game with his broken hand all we want, but that’s the fight game.  That he still fought well and fought hard afterwards, even in a losing effort, deserves to be mentioned.  But he’s not the world’s best featherweight as long as Brownie is around, and that deserves mentioning too.

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