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/28624-ufc-175-mma-oddsbreaker-250-tourney-on-ufc-175-weidman-vs-machida-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 175 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: Uriah Hall ($5500): Years from now, bards will sing songs about the horrible things Uriah Hall is going to do to Thiago Santos tomorrow night. Hall is one of the most dangerous and scariest strikers to ever come out of The Ultimate Fighter and I feel he is going to have a massive size, strength and power advantage against the Brazilian. I still can’t believe Santos hasn’t dropped to welterweight yet, but if he enjoys punishment, he’s picked the perfect opponent. Look for Hall to repeat what Cezar Mutante was able to do to Santos in his UFC debut. This one should be over quickly if Hall is motivated. Underdog Pick of the Night Rob Font ($4500): Keep an eye on this kid. Font is powerful, well-rounded and looked great at the weigh-ins considering it was his first time cutting down to bantamweight. He was previously the CES featherweight champion, a title he defended multiple times in devestating fashion. Font’s opponent, George Roop, does not have a good chin and has a penchant for getting rocked/dropped in all of his fights. I don’t think Roop will be recovering should Font connect with his right hand and Font has the wrestling and submission skills to avoid most bad situations should Roop try to employ alternative tactics. If you want a cheap fighter to balance out a hefty favorite, Font is your man. Fighter to Avoid Bruno Santos ($4400): No, no, no, no, no, no, no! I wouldn’t put Bruno Santos on my Kountermove team if he were free. It’s just not worth it. The Brazilian might have the longest streak of decisions in MMA history. It’s now been over five years since one of his bouts didn’t go the distance. And it’s not the type of decision you’re excited about either. Santos stalls fights, looks for takedowns, presses his opponents into the clinch and tries to make the bout as ugly as possible in order to grind out a decision. It’s anti-fun and it’s definitely anti-Kountermove. I wouldn’t be surprised if he only managed to score like 40 points in a decision he won. He literally landed ZERO significant head strikes in his UFC debut, a bout where he lost a split decision. That’s unheard of. Don’t touch this guy with a 10-foot pole. Complete UFC 175 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 175 Preview
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