It only took a minute and forty four seconds to extend my streak to 12 and overall 20. Unfortunately I couldn’t add an extra point, as my upset pick couldn’t of been more wrong in Gilbert Melendez. He was thoroughly dominated by Edson Barboza and I didn’t expect him to just stand toe to toe the whole time, especially when you’ve gone 1-3 in the UFC. 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: 12 (Lock of the Day) + 8 (Upset of the Day) = 20
Lock of the Day: Nikita Krylov
Note: While I’m tempted to pick Wilson Reis, I’m going instead side with “Al Capone” here. He’s facing a tough and gritty veteran in Ed Herman, who is a great test for the rising Light Heavyweight talent. However, Krylov has vastly been improving each fight and he’s shown a well rounded arsenal, from slick submissions to dangerous striking. I expect Herman to fall at some point and Krylov to finish him via submissions, lock it in!
Upset of the Day: Francisco Rivera
Note: While Perez is the type of fighter that presents problems for Rivera, I don’t think this is a bad upset pick at all. Like I said in my prediction, if the technical and not brawler Rivera comes out, then he’s got this fight. If the same slugfest Rivera comes out, he opens himself up to be taken down and controlled. I’m banking on him being smart given that he’s on a two fight skid and a pink slip isn’t out of the realm.
Lock of the Day Picks (So Far): Dominick Cruz, Paul Felder, Demian Maia, Kyoji Horiguchi, Robert Whittaker, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Mairbek Taisumov, Antonio Carlos Jr., Conor McGregor, (Tom Breese, Rustam Khabilov), Joseph Benavidez, Olivier Aubin-Mercier, John Makdessi, Will Brooks, T.J. Dillashaw, Tony Ferguson, Francis Ngannou
Upset of the Day Pick (So Far): Dan Henderson, Jessica Eye, Mauricio Rua, Antonio Silva, Edson Barboza, Court McGee, Timothy Johnson, Johnny Case, Deigo Sanchez, Martin Svensson, K.J. Noons, Patrick Cote, Derrick Lewis, Josh Stansbury, Brock Lesnar, Keita Nakamura, Gilbert Melendez