The mixed martial arts (MMA) fantasy website Kountermove is back with another freeroll for MMAOddsBreaker.com readers. If you’re not familiar with how the site works, here’s a brief snippet from the site owners, themselves.
Kountermove brings the traditional fantasy format to MMA. Accumulation of points and a salary cap make fantasy MMA more intriguing than your basic “pick ’em” contest. With other industry pros on the site it is the place to be if you know your MMA. The game is fairly simple on its face, games are played over a single night during one event. Prior to the event, players get a total of $25,000 fantasy dollars to pick five fighters for your team. Each fighter is given a specific salary by Kountermove. Kountermove assigns a value for each fighter based on how we believe the fight will go. Points are scored if a fighter scores a finish, wins a round, lands significant strikes, knocks an opponent down, scores takedowns, secures dominant positions or attempts submissions. The more dominant your fighters’performance, the more points you’re going to score. If you score more points than your opponents, then you win the money.
To enter the free $250 tournament for MMAOddsBreaker.com readers, just click the link below: https://www.kountermove.com/join/19659-ufc-168-mma-oddsbreaker-250-tourney-on-ufc-168-weidman-vs-silva-2-T-free/ If you don’t have an account, don’t worry, you can create one for free, but do it quickly, spacing is limited! If you’re interested in a few pointers on potential fighters to pick, I’ll be offering my analysis and potential picks to click. In case you have your doubts, I have a very nice track record of success with the website, having won plenty since it’s inception Before I get to my picks, remember that to get the best value out of your team, you have to try to get an average of $5000 per fighter with your team of five fighters and your $25,000 salary cap. That means if you want to pick a big favorite from UFC 168 like Ronda Rousey ($6000), you have to balance it out by picking some underdogs that you think will perform above and beyond. Sometimes it’s not worth it to pick the overwhelming favorite. Without further ado, here are some of the picks that stand out for me: Dennis Siver ($5200): Siver has been a money train for much of his UFC career, but especially since dropping down to featherweight, where he actually holds some size advantage for the first time. He was on a roll in the division before fading and getting stopped in his last fight against Cub Swanson, but don’t let that tough defeat sway you from being a believer in the German-Russian. Siver still has plenty left in the tank and you can get him at a decent price here. His opponent, Manny Gamburyan, is pretty overrated in my opinion and Siver should outclass him considerably should the fight stay standing as I expect. As long as Siver’s conditioning holds up, he should score plenty of points for you at a decent price considering he’s a decent betting favorite. Underdog Pick of the Night Uriah Hall ($4600): I know Hall has let us down in the past against a pair of welterweights in Kelvin Gastelum and John Howard, but his back is against the wall this time around and he has nowhere to go but up. His opponent, Chris Leben, has been a shell of his former self lately and is likely on his last legs as a UFC fighter. I fully expect Hall to take advantage of the fact that Leben has horrible striking defense and tends to plod forward. Hall is at his best when he can strike comfortably, and I just don’t think Leben has enough left in the tank to really push him in this fight. UFC is hoping that facing someone like Leben will light a fire under Hall and allow him to showcase the tremendous talent he displayed on The Ultimate Fighter season 17 before his recent flameouts. If Hall beats Leben, it could be highlight reel-worthy and you’ll want to take full advantage of his cheap price. Fighter to Avoid Gleison Tibau ($5300): You’d think Tibau would be a point machine considering his high price, but the big Brazilian lightweight has a very bad habit of slowing fights to a crawl with a low strike output and a hefty amount of clinchwork. Tibau’s made a career out of neutralizing opponents and grinding out decisions. That may be nice for a resume, but it’s atrocious for Kountermove. Even if he beats Michael Johnson, he’ll probably do it with superior cage control, occasional takedowns mixed with pitter-patter ground and pound. He’s not worth the risk or his high price. Don’t sabotage the rest of your team’s buying power just to pick him up. He would barely be worth it if he were $1000 cheaper. $25,000 Real Kountermove Game Last but not least, in case you didn’t know, Kountermove is having it’s biggest tournament ever for UFC 168. The stakes have been raised with Crooklyn’s $25,000 game. These freerolls can net you a few bucks, but that’s peanuts compared to the first place prize of $5,000 to the winner of the big “End of the Year” game. All it costs is a $10 entry fee and you have a chance to make a killing! Here’s a link to that game in case you’re interested: http://www.kountermove.com/join/18922-crooklyns-25000-ufc-168-new-year-tourney-on-ufc-168-weidman-vs-silva-2-T-10/ Thanks for reading and good luck!