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The Ultimate Fighting Championship heads Down Under for the first time in more than a year, as former welterweight title contender Thiago Alves locks horns with the world-ranked Martin Kampmann in the UFC on FX 2 main event on Friday at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The promotion’s second appearance on the FX network -- which also features the first round of the UFC flyweight tournament -- will serve up the latest opportunity for Sherdog MMA Pick’Em players to put their knowledge and expertise to the test in the site’s groundbreaking fantasy game.
Alves (19-8) will be seeking back-to-back wins for the first time since 2008. The 28-year-old American Top Team representative last appeared at UFC 138 in November, when he submitted the previously unbeaten Papy Abedi with a first-round rear-naked choke at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. Long viewed as one of the welterweight division’s premier standup fighters, Alves has secured more than half (11) of his 19 professional victories by knockout or technical knockout. Wins over former title contender Josh Koscheck and UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes anchor his resume.
Kampmann (18-5) has not fought since UFC 139 in November, when he took a bite out of Rick Story and captured a unanimous decision from the fast-rising welterweight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. An Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts export, the 29-year-old Dane wields a diverse and potent offensive game, as evidenced by his seven wins by knockout or technical knockout and six more by submission. Kampmann owns a 2009 victory over Carlos Condit, the man who holds the interim UFC welterweight crown.
Within Sherdog MMA Pick’Em, players will earn points based on correct match-by-match predictions for a given event. A maximum of 210 points can be picked up in a single match.
Players are awarded 50 points for each correct pick, along with 30 additional points if they choose the correct method: decision, knockout/technical knockout or submission. If the method involves a finish, 30 additional points will be awarded to players who choose the correct round in which the finish occurs. Players are also allowed five boosts per event through which they can notch an additional 100 points for outcomes about which they feel particularly certain. However, any incorrect selections involving boosts will cost the player 50 points.