The Rousimar Palhares leg lock the masses envisioned never came to fruition at UFC on Fox 3 “Diaz vs. Miller” on Saturday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Alan Belcher made sure of it.
Palhares expectedly snatched a leg and secured a takedown from the start, fishing for kneebars and his trademark heel hook. Belcher weathered the engagement and turned the tables, threatening the Brazilian Top Team member with a twister before moving into top position and settling in guard. From there, he let his hands and elbows fly. Before long, Palhares was shying away from contact, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to intervene.
Nearly eight out of 10 (77 percent) players in the Sherdog.com MMA Pick’Em fantasy game expected Palhares to walk away with a victory.
Palhares was not the only favorite to fall short at the event. The majority of Pick’Em players misfired on Tony Ferguson-Michael Johnson (89 percent picked Ferguson), Pat Barry-Lavar Johnson (70 percent picked Barry), Louis Gaudinot-John Lineker (69 percent picked Lineker), Pablo Garza-Dennis Bermudez (67 percent picked Garza), Nick Denis-Roland Delorme (60 percent picked Denis) and Mike Massenzio-Karlos Vemola (53 percent picked Massenzio).
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.
For UFC on Fox 3, “grethedren” was the top performer with 1430 points, having picked 10 of the 12 bouts correctly, with an 83.3 percent success rate on boosts.