What doesn't kill you makes us stronger. After a chaotic off-season in which the majority of us were questioning whether there would be a money pool at all thanks to well documented issues that you are all aware of we were thankfully able to resurrect this season this week. Thank you jay for making this happen and putting up with all of the garbage that you have in the last month to be the commissioner and to go to the extra length and to put your trust in us in order to avoid the first ever Money Pool lockout. That being said it's time to have some fun at your expense after the derailment of the Pain Train. So jay, P-Dub and Puck Head if you want to save yourselves some pain just skip past the jump. For everyone else, read on.
I honestly never expected this fight to happen in the first place because I didn't believe that Brock Lesnar had any intentions in stepping into the Octagon again following his defeat to Cain Velasquez and withdrawl from the interim title fight with Junior Dos Santos due to his well publicised health problems. The fact that he signed on to the WWE 12 video game and got into a post-fight confrontation with Mark "The Undertaker" Callaway seemed to indicate that Brock's mind was on anything but MMA. However despite his opponent Alistair Overeem's legal issues with former management team Golden Glory, his failure to attend a random pre-fight drugs test and his mother's illness the fight both men set foot in the cage. 2 minutes later it was all over, Alistair was declared the victor and is now set to challenge Dos Santos for the Heavyweight Championship whilst Brock announced his retirement from the sport. Whilst Alistair's body kicks and knees were brutal and he looked great tonight I have to question whether Brock was in the right frame of mind to compete, he looked disinterested and quickly found a way out covering up following a body kick before Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight. I fully expected Overeem to win by TKO in the 1st and for this to be the final fight of Brock's career (hence the sig) but it hardly lived up to the hype and I bet that those fans who only bought the PPV to see this fight were disappointed.
What was anything but a letdown was the co-main event which pitted Nate Diaz against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Whilst this fight didn't receive anywhere near the hype of Lesnar-Overeem it was always going to be an exciting fight for the hardcore fanbase. Ulf Murphy did an outstanding job previewing the skillsets of both Lightweights before the fight and if you haven't read those fanposts already I suggest you do so right away. After heated exchanges at the warm-ups and the pre-fight press conference this fight started to gain the notoriety that it deserved. What wasn't in any doubt was how good this fight was going to be. However what did come as a shock to the majority of Maniacs (only 2 pool players picked Nate Diaz) was how good Nate performed as right from the start he found his range, battering Cerrone with combinations to the head and body and breaking the will of his opponent. Whilst Donald found more success with his kicks in the latter 2 rounds he never had any answers for the pressure that Nate put on him and by the end of the fight there was no doubt who the better man was. This is the sort of big win that Nate has been lacking ever since winning TUF 5 and put a halt to the win streak of the surging Cowboy. As a Diaz fan I hope that these last 2 fights are the turning point in his young career towards a run at the championship.
And CharacterAnalysis aside I don't think anyone actually believed that Johny Hendricks would KO Jon Fitch with the first punch. In a fight that the majority of us had written off as being another predictable unanimous decision win for Fitch ended fast and brutally, as Hendricks caught Dana White's favourite fighter with an overhand right in similar fashion to how he KO'd Amir Sadollah in his UFC debut. In 12s Fitch went from the #2 Welterweight to an also-ran. Only Brock Lesnar and the Pain Train had a worse night (and maybe Overeem's bank manager).
Now we move on to the new and improved results portion of the thread so follow me after the jump.
In news that won't come as a surprise to many a lurker has once again taken the top spot, however for once I'm not talking about Agar. Tonight's event winner was TBranson who scored a superb 88, helping himself to an early lead in the money pool and the honour of placing in the overall Playground leaderboard making him the first Maniac to do so since Ulf Murphy (sorry Stinky, fake money standings don't count). He picked 9 out of 10 fights correctly, only missing out on Nate Diaz, and this included 5 perfect scores after picking Diego Nunes, Dong Hyun-Kim, Ross Pearson and Jacob Volkmann by unanimous decision as well as Alistair Overeem by 1st round TKO. He also picked Danny Castillo by unanimous decision for the hot bout, earning 14 points, and the underdog pick Johny Hendricks to gain 7 points. Great job mate, this is how you start a season. Honourary mentions to yan (more on him later) and the Italian Stallion who scored 76 and 75 respectively. Perfect picks on Overeem, Volkmann, Pearson and Kim as well as only incorrectly picking Cerrone and Fitch sees Mr Balboa join the pool in fine style.
After pondering a drop down to the free pool Tap or Snap Bons decided to give the money pool 1 more try. I applaud you for your effort but this was not the way to begin the season. Bons only correctly picked 4 fights, which were Nunes, Kim and Pearson to win and Volkmann to take a split decision which saw him score a measly 22. Better luck next time mate. PHISH_NATION's 23 from 3 fights put you to shame.
There were 2 big upsets on this card with only 2 people correctly picking Nate Diaz to beat Donald Cerrone and 5 people picking Johny Hendricks over Jon Fitch. I'm amazed that more people picked Hendricks than Diaz but all of you deserve credit for making such brave and wise picks. Congratulations go to Stinky Fingers (5) and TuffGong (5) for picking Diaz.
The Champ is Here
After winning 2 consecutive money pools we all have to give the Devil his due. Agar is for real and is here to take a 3rd consecutive victory. However he got off to a slow start tonight as he only managed an average score of 48. After dominating in the prelims by picking unanimous decision wins for Nunes, Volkmann and Kim as well as victories for Castillo and Pearson he failed to correctly pick a single main card fight. He is human afterall.
I am sure that everyone is aware of DetroitDrew's evil scheme to unite the villainous members of the pool together to steal Agar's crown. Now we all know that Drew's misfits are going to choke worse than he does at an FFB SuperBowl so this section is my tribute to their collective failures to win money. The best of a bad bunch was Jido7 who scored 69 including perfect scores on the unanimous decision victories by Nunes, Volkmann, Kim, Pearson and Hettes although the Njokuani pick on the hot bout kept him from placing in the top 5. The Darth Maul of the Sith was certainly Phasebook who really should have stuck to running the free pool again. Whilst he picked perfectly on Volkmann, Nunes, Kim and Pearson (who didn't?) he only managed a 49. Epic fail so far boys...and no beating 48 isn't a reason to celebrate.
Yan vs. Mania
After a catastrophic season Yan promised to come back this time bigger and better than ever. He bravely bet that he'd finish above several Maniacs including myself. So far so good as Yan came in 2nd place this event with a score of 76 after picking perfectly on Nunes, Volkmann, Kim, Pearson and Overeem as well as correctly picking a Gustaffson TKO and a Castillo decision. It's early days but right now yan is on course to be a very rich Canadian, has he hustled us all?
Only Girl in the World
Once again the only female member of the pool is the lovely sarah. Last season she was in contention for a money spot throughout before falling at the final hurdle. Can she go one step further this year? Not on this showing unfortunately. Sarah was only able to perfectly pick a Pearson unanimous decision as well as a TKO win for Alexander and victories for Nunes, Hettes and Overeem to score 33.
WTF is this about Brock Retiring?
The man recently signed a Multi-year deal with EVERLAST.
That does not sound like someone who is retiring anytime soon.
Sorry to disappoint you, dumbass.
Brock’s going to be around for awhile.And so is Alistair Overrated…..awhile lying on the mat in the cage.
Calmest Reaction to an Incorrect Pick
vhw_ on Diaz-Cerrone
Most Loyal Fan
That was a joke
I was a Brock supporter from the beginning but that was a disgrace. He belongs in wwe. Unban Striker Dave so I can apologize and tell him he was right all along. Fuck you Brock Lesnar you are a disgrace to MMA
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