So how did everybody do with their UFC 99 picks? Did anyone beat our own Ben Fowlkes’s score of 23 points? BF’s picks were straight nasty, with five of the main card fights predicted perfectly. Lucky for you he’s ineligible for the DVDs. BG took in a far less impressive 15 points, and fully admits that picking Saunders over Swick was based on emotion, which is poison in the world of the pick-off. People, you must have ice-water in your balls if you hope to win this contest.
If you did well in round 1, let us know your score in the comments section below so we can keep an eye on the front-runners. Of course, even if you struck out with your UFC 99 predictions, there’s still a chance you can win the first "Machida-Do Karate for Mixed Martial Arts" set that we’re giving away — all you have to do is run the tables this Saturday with your TUF 9 finale picks. Speaking of which…
Since the second welterweight finalist in the TUF 9 finale won’t be revealed until Wednesday night, you’ll have to wait until Thursday morning to submit your official picks for the event; don’t worry, we’ll put up another post directing you to a new forum thread, and everything will be clearly marked. In the meantime, start crafting your picks for the rest of the lineup, which looks like this so far:
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida (LW)
DaMarques Johnson vs. TBA (TUF 9 welterweight finals)
Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner (TUF 9 lightweight finals)
Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz (LW)
Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns (WW)
Melvin Guillard vs. Gleison Tibau (LW)
Mike Ciesnolevicz vs. Tomasz Drwal (LHW)
Brad Blackburn vs. Edgar Garcia (WW)
Cameron Dollar vs. Jason Dent (LW, reported but not official)
TJ Grant vs. Rory Markham (WW, reported but not official)
Come back Thursday for further instructions, and thanks for playing!