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UFC 110 FightPicker Recap: iPod Touch Winners Rejoice, Disgraced Losers Lament

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?

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Ninjanate- February 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm
I won one and tied for first in another, but ran out of chips to enter more pools. The stupid paypal option didn't work and I'm not signing up for stupid shit to get more chips. Now that I have some chips from winning, I don't know fuck all about the Strikeforce Challenger matchups.
Tai-Pan- February 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm
Entered two pools, won one with 230 pts and tied for first in the other! Stupid fucking tiebreaker. I can't wait for some events where I know the people on the card, until then i will collect my 7 chips a day.

Palooka Pool 10 #458 AND #500 Winner!
Steffmeister- February 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm
I'll be back...
Karma Elite- February 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm
I can't complain. I finally got around to playing and tied for first in the Journeyman Pool 10 #498 with 210 points.
Me- February 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm
Thing is, I didn't catch funny from the tone of your post. I read it as more elitist than anything. My bad.

You "win".
Nut Puncher 9000- February 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Do lazy people type 3 paragraph responses trying to "Win" or whatever it is you are trying to accomplish? And just because you are so obviously trying, it was pretty funny you ended your last statement like a fool: "What I'm trying to say is; you make now sense." Lol

Acknowledging the difference I did mention that the guessing was in an effort to expand my knowledge. I do rely on quality picks when I am running in one I am knowledgable about.

The entire 210 is enough bit was supposed to be funny...loosen the grip on your nuts and relax.
Me- February 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm
You don't believe I'm lazy?!? I type words onto an MMA sites comment section sometimes... doesn't that auto-qualify me as at least somewhat lazy?

Besides, saying that 210 was all that is needed to win implies that you had foreknowledge of the outcomes of the other members of your pool, which would make sense if your final claim in your OP is true.

There is also an obvious contradiction in your OP where you state you didn't know much and guessed your way through the picks, then comment about how you rely on quality picks (as opposed to the "greedy f***s" who rely on number of pools). This statement also implies that if you enter more than one pool, your picks are of less quality.

What I'm trying to say is; you make no sense.
Nut Puncher 9000- February 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I only worry about win %, and why get more than 210 when 210 will win the pool...and you say you are lazy. I do not believe.
tripmynd- February 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm
hell yes! I won two out of the three pools I was in and won a cool 60$ off a friend Saturday...$40 off the Silva and Velasquez victories and another $20 off whether Arnold Schwarzenegger was a Republican....I guess some people will be on anything.
Me- February 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm
If it makes you feel better Nut Puncher, I was 1 pick away from Perfectas. I also only entered one pool, but mostly because I'm lazy.

What I'm trying to say is that your 210 means nothing when only entered against one pool.

Enter more pools, get more respect.
Nut Puncher 9000- February 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm
I was curious about the events/fighters that I am not so knowledgable of and as I seek to expand my fighter knowledge, I jumped into a randon SFC pool. In this pool I chose my selections before anyone else figuring I would adjust based on what everyone else thinks after they made their selections and now only 2 of the questions turned up to be minority picks. (Again I totally guessed at them all). Now does that say that I was for the most part lucky as fuck or that everyone else eats grass and gets shaved every year. BAHHHHHH.

I would just like to point out that for those of us who arent greedy fucks and rely on quality picks and forget about quantity of pools, I went 1 for 1 with 210 pts and the win for UFC 110. I....AM....GOD!
johnsocr- February 22, 2010 at 11:24 am
I, Ryan Johnson's brother (I told him what picks to make), won the 25 man pool and they dissolved it on me! I want my IPod BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ryan_Johnson- February 22, 2010 at 11:12 am
Thanks for the recognition BF.
Ryan_Johnson- February 22, 2010 at 11:11 am
Ryan_Johnson- February 22, 2010 at 11:06 am
I'm comin for you Aaron
cecils_pupils- February 22, 2010 at 10:49 am
@tommyhammersticks I do not think you are a racist, but I am truly surprised to hear any shit talkin' when Cain completely ruined Big Nog. Somehow I knew there would be at least a couple numbskulls that will still talk shit about Cain even after KTFOing Big Nog. Oh well... I guess some people just can't give credit where credit is due.

Seriously, what's it gonna take for you to give respect where respect is due? Has Cain even lost a fight? Do you even know? Are you still gonna talk shit when he takes the belt?
aarondramp- February 22, 2010 at 10:31 am
By the way, I would prefer to be compared to a curler that throws the last rock and clears out the others while leaving 3 of mine in the circle...I look pretty terrible in spandex.
aarondramp- February 22, 2010 at 10:27 am
You wanna know what sucks? I entered the ipod one and if I had I stuck with my guns and picked Sotiropolous over Stevenson in that one (like I did my other pools), I would have the ipod and be in 1st.

Too bad I only win at things that mean nothing.
Don_Dada- February 22, 2010 at 10:22 am
Aaron Rampey is the man at this shit haha Amazingly consistent with his picks.
tommyhammersticks- February 22, 2010 at 10:21 am
Brown Turd ko's Nog and he's now the greatest heavyweight challenger, according to Rogan and others. He copies Mir's strategy and he's an evolving uber turd. Mir creates the strategy and executes what no one else had ever done and "Nog was beat up for that fight." - DW

Brown Turd needs a chin check. If Congo knew how to throw a combo, the Turd would've been flushed trhice. Plus, it's hard to root for a guy that has obvious problems with his home country. I mean the US. Please keep the power turd politics out of the cage.

And for all yous dat bout to call me racist - I think Evans would squish the turd in 1 round - KO. And I would love that.
cecils_pupils- February 22, 2010 at 10:09 am
yeah... kinda like playin the lottery.
Viva Hate- February 22, 2010 at 10:08 am
Anyway that we will soon see the prize of one of the new UFC edition fat heads? Finally I can mention Brock Lesnar and fat head in the same sentence without it being an insult, although most likely it will be one.
steampunk22- February 22, 2010 at 10:04 am
There are a lot of fighters on that list that I know very, very little about.