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/25922-fn-40-mma-oddsbreaker-250-tourney-on-ufc-fight-night-40-brown-vs-silva-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 40 like Lorenz Larkin ($5700), 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 ($4800): Tumenov is an absolute wrecking ball. The powerful young Russian has a penchant for first round finishes and was insanely close to continuing that trend in his UFC debut when he badly hurt Ildemar Alcentara in the first frame but was unable to put him away, eventually losing a decision. This time around, he’s facing someone 12 years older than him in Anthony Lapsley and Tumenov has a great chance of getting back on track and showing the world why he was so hyped up for his UFC debut. If Tumenov wins, it’ll likely be in the first round and that 100 point bonus would be extremely helpful for your team. Underdog Pick of the Night Matt Brown ($4300): Brown is an underdog according to the betting odds against Erick Silva, but I think everyone has it wrong. “The Immortal”n has been on one hell of a run in the welterweight division, knocking off top prospects like Stephen Thompson and Jordan Mein along the way. Who’s to say he can’t knock off Erick Silva? Silva is incredibly hyped, but he still hasn’t scored that signature win against a top opponent, failing twice to both Dong Hyun Kim and Jon Fitch when he’s stepped up in competition level. Brown has massive power and the fact that Silva got one-punch KO’d by Kim and the fact that Silva gassed in the second round of that fight considering this is a five-rounder scares the bejeezus out of me. I think this is Brown’s fight to lose, underdog or not and this is a great price to pick up the hometown here. Fighter to Avoid Rafael Natal ($5300): Natal might have a bit more skill than opponent Ed Herman, but as I mentioned on the Premium Oddscast, there’s just something off about his game. The Brazilian has talent, but he doesn’t have much of a gas tank and he has a terrible chin. Both of those are very poor indicators against someone as tough and gritty as Herman, who can go hard for the full 15 minutes no problem. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Natal win the first round against Herman and then get knocked out as the fight wears on and he slows down. There are plenty of safer options if you want to pick a current betting favorite for your team. Complete UFC Fight Night 40 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 UFC 172 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 13 total bouts for this event:
Thanks for reading and good luck!