Jose Aldo has 10 first-round finishes on his resume. | Photo: Sherdog.com
UFC 142 “Aldo vs. Mendes” on Saturday at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, provides the heartiest of fans with another opportunity to show off their expertise in Sherdog MMA Pick’Em, the site’s new MMA fantasy game. Registration is available through Sherdog.com and Facebook. The game made its official debut on Jan. 7, with Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine.”
UFC 142 features a five-round title tilt between featherweight king Jose Aldo and unbeaten challenger Chad Mendes. On a 13-fight winning streak that has established him as one of the sport’s pound-for-pound best, Aldo has secured more than half (12) of his 20 professional victories by knockout or technical knockout. The 25-year-old Brazilian has gone five rounds in three of his last four appearances. Meanwhile, Mendes, a decorated amateur wrestler, made a seamless transition to MMA. Based out of the famed Team Alpha Male camp, he has won all 11 of his fights.
Other main card matchups at the first UFC show of 2012 pit Vitor Belfort against Anthony Johnson, Rousimar Palhares against Mike Massenzio, Erick Silva against Carlo Prater and Edson Barboza against Terry Etim.
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.