Junior-middleweight Vanes Martirosyan will enter the ring as a heavy favorite when he takes on Richard Gutierrez this Saturday night. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Everyone is back on level terms as another 10 week season of pick'em action begins this weekend.
*** All players are limited over the course of the 10 week season to 10 doubles and 5 triples. If you're unsure of any other rules - please check the link in the box below.***
For those that haven't played before, welcome to the best pick'em game going. Please join right in and start playing (just make sure to check out the rules - we promise they are very simple).
An explanation of how to fill out your selections appears at the bottom of this post - please follow these instructions as it makes it easier for us to tabulate the results quickly each week.
Topping the bill in a weekend that features several highly ranked little fighters is a rematch of top ten flyweights, with Hernan Marquez and Luis Concepcion renewing hostilities in Mexico. The fighters met back in April, with Marquez winning via 11th round TKO in an early contender for 2011's FOTY. Moruti Mthalane, ranked a little ahead of both Marquez and Concepcion in the Bad Left Hook ratings, is also fighting this weekend, with the South African traveling to Italy to take on European champion Andrea Sarritzu.
Plus we've got the world's top ranked 105lb fighter in action, as Nkosinathi Joyi takes on top ten ranked challenger Katsunari Takayama in South Africa. The strawweights met back in January, with the bout ending in a 3rd round no-contest after the Japanese fighter suffered a bad cut due to an accidental clash of heads.
Also on the game-sheet is a super-bantamweight match-up from Mexico between Takalani Ndlovu and Giovanni Caro, and a 154lb clash from Oklahoma between Vanes Martirosyan and Richard Gutierrez.
You can check out last season's final standings here.
Let’s get to the week 1 line-up…**** Remember you do not need to make a selection on every fight. If you are unfamiliar with any of the fighters, and don't want to risk points, you are free to PASS on any pick. You must make at least one selection to receive the 10 point participation bonus****
A. Pick the winner - Hernan Marquez vs Luis Concepcion (Saturday, October 29)
1. Marquez to win – risk 8 points to win 5.
2. Concepcion to win – risk 5 points to win 8.
B. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Nkosinathi Joyi vs Katsunari Takayama (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, October 29)
1. Joyi to win (any method) – risk 9 to win 2.
2. Joyi by stoppage – risk 3.5 to win 7.5.
3. Joyi by decision – risk 5.5 to win 5.5.
4. Takayama (any method) – risk 2 to win 9.
C. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Moruti Mthalane vs Andrea Sarritzu (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Friday, October 28)
1. Mthalane to win (any method) – risk 8.5 to win 1.5.
2. Mthalane by stoppage – risk 4 to win 6.
3. Mthalane by decision – risk 4.5 to win 5.5.
4. Sarritzu (any method) – risk 1.5 to win 8.5.
D. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Takalani Ndlovu vs Giovanni Caro (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, October 29)
1. Ndlovu to win (any method) – risk 8 to win 2.
2. Ndlovu by stoppage – risk 2.5 to win 7.5.
3. Ndlovu by decision – risk 5.5 to win 4.5.
4. Caro (any method) – risk 2 to win 8.
E. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Vanes Martirosyan vs Richard Gutierrez (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, October 29)
1. Martirosyan to win (any method) – risk 8 to win 1.
2. Martirosyan by stoppage – risk 3 to win 6.
3. Martirosyan by decision – risk 5 to win 4.
4. Gutierrez (any method) – risk 1 to win 8.
Please fill out your selections as follows:
Enter the LETTER of the fight first, then whether it’s a single (1), double (2) or triple (3) followed by the NUMBER of your pick and the NAME of the FIGHTER and METHOD of victory (where applicable).
**** You have 10 doubles and 5 triples to use over the 10 week season ****
For Selection A, if you want to use one of your doubles on Marquez to win...
A. (2) – 1 – Marquez
For Selection B, if you wish to pick Joyi by decision without using a double or triple...
B. (1) – 3 - Joyi by decision
For Selection C, if you wanted to use a triple on Mthalane to win by stoppage, you would enter...
C. (3) – 2 – Mthalane by stoppage
For Selection D, if you wish to pass...