Keith Jardine will make his 185-pound debut in Las Vegas. | Photo:Stephen Albanese/Tailstar.com
Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas represents the first chance for the public to compete in Sherdog MMA Pick’Em, the site’s new MMA fantasy game. Registration is available through Sherdog.com and Facebook. The site unveiled the game in late 2011, with a public preview of the beta version.
Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” features a five-round middleweight title bout between champion Luke Rockhold and UFC veteran Keith Jardine. Unbeaten in seven appearances under the Strikeforce banner, Rockhold, another American Kickboxing Academy standout, captured the 185-pound crown with a unanimous decision over Ronaldo Souza in September. It was the first time he had fought beyond one round. Jardine, meanwhile, will move to the middleweight division after compiling an impressive resume at 205 pounds. The 36-year-old Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative rose to prominence in the UFC, with wins over former light heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin.
Other main card matchups at the first Strikeforce show of 2012 pit Robbie Lawler against Adlan Amagov, Muhammed Lawal against Lorenz Larkin, Tyron Woodley against Jordan Mein and Tarec Saffiedine against Tyler Stinson.
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.