Cain Velasquez and Wanderlei Silva weren’t the only big winners over the weekend. Some of you managed to parlay the goings-on in Australia at UFC 110 into personal success with our MMA FightPicker, and unlike those poor suckers you were able to do it without ever leaving the comforting glow of your computer screen.
But before we get to shouting out some winners, we must answer the question, who was the superior Ben in this weekend’s FightPicker action? The answer is me (BF). I finished sixth in Journeyman Pool 30 #390 with 160 points, which doesn’t sound very impressive until you note that BG finished fifteenth with 130 points, coming in just ahead of Joe Bananas, who we can only assume is the owner of a discount electronics store known for its certifiably insane deals on everything from digital cameras to personal computers.
If I wanted to be a real jerk I could point out that I actually tied for first in another pool (Journeyman 10 #377, represent!), but to do so would only highlight how much I’m still trailing our new overall leader, Aaron Rampey. This dude now has seven overall pool wins, 760 Potato Chips, and he shot up from fifth place last week to first place this week.
To put that in a context you can understand, think of the short track speed skating events you suddenly became interested in after not giving a damn since the last Winter Olympics. Aaron Rampey is like one of those South Korean guys who hangs at the back until the last two laps, then flies out in front and leaves the rest of us losers with an enduring view of his spandex-clad ass crossing the finish line.
In other news, tripmynd and Ryan Johnson were our big winners in the iPod Touch prize pools, so congrats to them for bringing home something tangible for their efforts. Elsewhere on the leaderboard, brade1584 dropped from second to third while nismo17 shot into the number two spot, and last week’s leader, Steffmeister, dropped all the way to seventh place. Just goes to show that wearing the FightPicker crown is one thing, but holding it down is another problem altogether.
For those of you looking to salvage some honor, pools are already open for this weekend’s MMA action, which includes Strikeforce: Challengers and MFC fights. Once again, we have two open prize pools where you can win an iPod Touch. One of those pools features a 250 Chip buy-in and an unlimited number of possible entrants, while the other is kept to ten participants, making your chances of winning much better, though naturally the buy-in is much higher. We should mention here that if the ten-man pool doesn’t get at least six entrants by the deadline, the pool will be dissolved and your Potato Chips refunded. Anyway, take a look at this week’s questions below, then go make your picks:
- Trevor Prangley vs. Karl Amoussou: Who will win?
- Will Prangley vs. Ammoussou make it to round three?
- Sarah Kaufman vs. Takayo Hashi: Who will win?
- Will Kaufman vs. Hashi end by stoppage or decision?
- Luke Rockhold vs. Paul Bradley: Who will win?
- James Terry vs. Tarec Saffiedine: Who will win?
- Raul Castillo vs. Yancy Medeiros: Who will win?
- Of the Strikeforce Challengers bouts listed above, more TKO’s or more submissions?
- Yves Edwards vs. Derrick Noble at MFC 24: Who will win?
- David Heath vs. Dwayne Lewis: Who will win?
- Travis Galbraith vs. Tom Watson: Who will win?