NICKMERCS and Scump to co-host $100,000 MFAM Gauntlet

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Streamer and professional gamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff will host the ‘MFAM Gauntlet’, which has a $100,000 (~78,000) prize pool, at UFC X in Las Vegas — alongside Call of Duty esports legend Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

Kolcheff and Abner will create teams that will battle alongside ‘one lucky fan for $100,000 in cash’, according to a release.

The MFAM Gauntlet will be a two-day event (July 7th-8th) between Team NICKMERCS and Team Scump. Day one will be an open tournament series, where fans compete alongside Kolcheff and Abner for a spot on Abner’s team on day two, as well as VIP tickets to UFC 290 that night.

Team NICKMERCS and Team Scump will then face off for the $100,000 prize pool. The competition format, game titles and team assignments will be announced at start time. The game titles will supposedly be kept confidential until the event, which will be streamed on the UFC’s official Twitch channel.

Other popular creators and players that will be at the event include JoeWo, DiazBiffle, Repullze, Faze ZooMaa and Alexia Rey.

Notably, most of the creators in attendance — including NICKMERCS himself — have largely streamed Call of Duty in recent years. However, after a recent controversy surrounding one of Kolcheff’s tweets about an LGBTQ+ topic, Activision Blizzard, the publisher of Call of Duty, removed Kolcheff’s exclusive skin from the game.

If Call of Duty is played at the MFAM Gauntlet, it will certainly be interesting as Kolcheff has not streamed the game since its release.

UFC X, which will take place during International Fight Week on July 7th-8th, is a ticketed event where fans gain access to mixed-martial-arts (MMA) fighters that compete in the UFC. There are interactive exhibits, photo opportunities and other attractions.

Kolcheff has taken part in events with the UFC before; last year he defeated Tim ‘TimtheTatman’ Betar for the UFC Gaming Belt — an event that comically mimicked a traditional MMA bout, complete with a ‘fighter’ weigh-in and face-off.

“I wish I had opportunities like this when I was coming up,” commented Nicholas ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff. “We’re bringing nothing but positivity, healthy competition, and a big bag to Vegas for The MFAM Gauntlet. I can’t wait to get back in front of the crowd, play, and give one skilled fan a shot at $100,000. The Gauntlet at UFC X is going to be crazy!”

Billy Studholme
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