Despite being a closer than I anticipated fight, Felder got the nod and extended my streak to 8! My upset pick was more of throw away, as I stated “take it with a grain of salt”. I knew exactly what was going to happen, especially in a night of upsets, I definitely dropped the ball that pick. Anyways, if you don’t know what this post is all about, I’ll briefly fill you in. I can only select one fighter to be my lock of the week and that said fighter, can only be selected once this year (2016). I earn 1 point for a correct pick, however a wrong pick will reset me back to 0. I can add an additional 1 point to my total by picking an upset right, which does not reset my total if it’s wrong (That’s to make me look better). I will tweak this as we go!
Streak: 5 (Lock of the Day) + 3 (Upset of the Day) = 8
Lock of the Day: Dominick Cruz
Note: Let’s get bold! Maybe…as Cruz is the favorite in the eyes of the oddsmakers. I agree with them, as it takes a special person to come back from layoff like Cruz did – fight the divisions best and beat them. He’s truly a champion and I don’t see his reign ending immediately and especially in this fight. Faber is legend in his own right, he’s had a successful run in he WEC and the UFC, but has never got over the hump in UFC title fights. I can’t see him beating Cruz, who’s virtually a ghost in there. His ability to make an opponent whiff, is mentally and physically draining. His volume and pace are next level. Cruz is going to retain here, lock it in!
Upset of the Day: Dan Henderson
Note: Why the hell not? Someone’s going to sleep and in the very first round. In MMA I’ve seen crazier things in this sport than a 45 year old turning back the clock. So, Henderson – the legend – is going to walk into that octagon and knock Hector Lombard out. It’s going to be vintage Henderson and afterwards, he’s going to leave his gloves in the Octagon, as a gesture and to let the world know he is retired. Let’s Go Hendo!
Lock of the Day Picks (So Far) : Paul Felder, Demian Maia, Kyoji Horiguchi, Robert Whittaker, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Mairbek Taisumov, Antonio Carlos Jr., Conor McGregor, (Tom Breese, Rustam Khabilov), Joseph Benavidez
Upset of the Day Pick (So Far): Jessica Eye, Mauricio Rua, Antonio Silva, Edson Barboza, Court McGee, Timothy Johnson, Johnny Case, Deigo Sanchez, Martin Svensson, K.J. Noons