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/26905-fn-42-mma-oddsbreaker-250-tourney-on-ufc-fight-night-42-henderson-vs-khabilov-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 42 like Benson Henderson ($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: Erik Perez ($4800): Perez is still a fighter that the UFC believes in. The talented Mexican youngster can finish a fight from any position, and should hold a significant striking advantage over Bryan Caraway come fight time. Caraway is coming off a 14 month layoff, and could take some time to get back in a groove, time he might not have. As long as Perez can avoid getting put on his back and submitted, he should be in decent enough shape here. Underdog Pick of the Night Lance Benoist ($4300): Benoist should have an advantage over Bobby Voelker just about everywhere heading into his preliminary card bout. The 25-year old is 10 years younger than Voelker, and should have technical, physical and speed advantages in all departments. The only concern is his lengthy layoff (21 months) and whether or not he’ll be too rusty to perform up to his usual standards. Regardless, for a fight that’s practically pick ’em according to the betting lines, the fact that you can get him as one of the cheaper fighters on the card is a steal. Fighter to Avoid Danny Martinez ($4400): Martinez is actually a pretty solid fighter, but his style doesn’t exactly translate into big-time Kountermove points. He likes to wade forward with wild haymakers so he can close the distance and work for takedowns, but unless he’s able to not only repeatedly take Scott Jorgensen down (not likely), but also either land some heavy punches or score a submission, he’ll likely be in for a rough night against one of the UFC’s most experienced lighter-weight fighters. If he were facing someone further down the food chain, this would be a different story, but Jorgensen is still a bit too dangerous. Complete UFC Fight Night 42 Finale 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 fight card on The Premium Oddscast, which was posted earlier this week. Feel free to check out our latest episode. There’s plenty of combinations for great teams with 11 total bouts for this event: UFC Fight Night 42 Preview
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