Erick Silva has plenty of substance to go along with the hype.
The fast-rising Brazilian prospect rewarded the 78 percent of Sherdog.com MMA Pick’Em fantasy game players who predicted his victory over AMA Fight Club standout Charlie Brenneman at UFC on FX 3 on Friday at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. Silva blended together extraordinary athleticism and technique in submitting “The Spaniard” with a rear-naked choke 4:33 into round one.
The performance had many hailing Silva as a future welterweight champion. Time will tell whether or not the soon-to-be 28-year-old can meet those expectations.
A majority of participants were on the money with their picks for the rest of the 12 fight card: Mike Pyle-Josh Neer (65 percent chose Pyle), Mike Pierce-Carlos Eduardo Rocha (76 percent chose Pierce), Seth Baczynski-Lance Benoist (82 percent chose Baczynski), Dustin Pague-Jared Papazian (68 percent chose Pague), Tim Means-Justin Salas (86 percent chose Means), Henry Martinez-Bernardo Magalhaes (79 percent chose Martinez) and Sean Pierce-Jake Hecht (67 percent chose Pierson).
There were a few miscues from the masses, as Demetrious Johnson downed Ian McCall (76 percent), Eddie Wineland wiped out Scott Jorgensen (85 percent), Matt Grice outpointed Leonard Garcia (80 percent) and Buddy Roberts knocked Caio Magalhaes (69 percent) from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Within Sherdog MMA Pick’Em, players 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.
With 9,020 points, “captain monkeypants” currently leads the Sherdog MMA Pick’Em standings. He has picked 71 of his 111 bouts correctly, with 75 percent success rate on his boosts. The leader was successful eight of his 12 selections for UFC on FX 3.