31 Aug 2009 09:19:59 AM
(What do you get when you have a big left hand and not much else? One highlight in a losing effort. Photo courtesy of SI.com)
This week the Potato Index confronts one of mankind’s oldest problems as we sort through the UFC 102 aftermath, and it goes a little something like this: How much does a fighter’s stock drop if he loses after getting his testicles kicked up into his throat? On one hand, a TKO loss never results in a rise on the Potato Index’s arbirtrary numerical rankings scale, but on the other, simply not quitting and going off to sob in a dark corner is an accomplishment. The answer to this age-old question, and others, awaits you.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira +213
So you thought Big Nog was done just because he looks like he’s a senior citizen and fought like one against Frank Mir? Anybody can have a bad night. He showed on Saturday that he’s still got some bullets in the old gun, at least as long as he’s fighting representatives from the UFC’s AARP wing. Unless someone wants to see him killed, though, please keep him far away from Brock Lesnar.
Randy Couture -56
It’s hard to be too critical of a gutsy performance like that one. He didn’t look old or haggard, and didn’t lose because he was too slow or too weak. He just wasn’t the better fighter that night. Now we wait to find out what’s next, and whether the UFC really plans to give him two more years worth of fights, or if it’s just a way of keeping him off the Strikeforce roster.