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/21564-fn-36-mma-oddsbreaker-250-tourney-on-ufc-fight-night-36-machida-vs-mousasi-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 its 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 Fight Night 36 like Erick Silva ($6200), 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: Albert Tumenov ($5000): You may not know who Albert Tumenov is right now, but you’ll know him after the event on Saturday. The 22-year old Russian is an absolute beast in regards to his striking and is a knockout machine. Tumenov possesses excellent counter striking ability and is currently riding an eight fight winning streak that includes seven knockouts. Against a slower, more plodding fighter like Ildemar Alcantara, Tumenov should have a field day standing despite Alcantara’s huge 78 inch reach. Look out for his uppercut, because I think he’s going to set up the finish to this fight with it. Underdog Pick of the Night Zubair Tuhugov ($4400): Tuhugov trains alongside recent Russian UFC debut Mairbek Taisumov at Tiger MMA in Thailand and he’s another top talent UFC has plucked from the growing Russian MMA pool. Here’s all you need to know about him. At 23 years old, UFC thought enough of him to have him make his UFC debut against longtime veteran Thiago Tavarez for Tavarez’s featherweight debut. Fortunately for Tuhugov (and for us), Tavarez got hurt and now he has to face a short notice opponent Douglas Silva de Andrade. While Andrade sits at 22-0 overall with one no contest, Tuhugov should be competitive with him and could potentially knock him out as Andrade does not have a very good chin and will likely be vulnerable taking the fight on such short notice. Fighter to Avoid Lyoto Machida ($5800): Machida is usually very hit and miss. Sometimes he puts on an incredible performance for Kountermove like his bouts against Ryan Bader or most recently Mark Munoz. Other times, he puts on complete duds like his last two light heavyweight contests against Dan Henderson and Phil Davis. While this bout is five rounds against Gegard Mousasi, I think it’s just not worth it to pay the extra $800 to have him on your team against perhaps the best striker he’s ever faced in his entire career. There are plenty of other solid options and favorites who have a better chance of really stealing the show for your team. Go with them instead. Complete UFC Fight Night 36 Preview If my fantasy preview isn’t enough for you, Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn, MMA Oddsmaker Nick Kalikas and myself did an extensive preview of the entire UFN 36 fight card in part one of the Premium Oddscast, which was posted yesterday. Feel free to check out our latest episode. There’s plenty of combinations for great teams with 12 total bouts for this event:
Thanks for reading and good luck!