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/28808-tuf-19-mma-oddsbreaker-250-tourney-on-tuf-19-finale-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 The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale like Frankie Edgar ($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: Robert Drysdale ($5500): The reasoning behind this one is simple. Drysdale is a stud on the ground, perhaps the best pure jiu-jitsu on the entire UFC roster, having won the Abu Dhabi open weight title previously. He’s transitioned well to MMA, winning all six of his fights via first round submission. He’ll be stepping into the Octagon opposite a middleweight who is moving up a division in order to make his UFC debut. I feel Drysdale will have a significant size advantage and that should help him wear Berek down and continue that first round submission streak for big Kountermove points. Underdog Pick of the Night Justin Scoggins ($4500): Keep an eye on this kid. Justin Scoggins has been fantastic in the UFC thus far, going 2-0 to quickly make an impact in the thin flyweight division. He’ll be looking to continue his momentum against solid fighter in Dustin Ortiz, but Scoggins is by far the significant betting favorite. That’s what makes his cheap price so puzzling. Everyone and their mother should be jumping on this one. Scoggins is very dynamic on the feet with a tremendous arsenal of diverse kicks and he possesses an improving ground game as well. He should be in pretty good shape against Ortiz as he continues his climb to the top of the division. Fighter to Avoid Jumabieke Tuerxun ($4400): Tuerxun entered the UFC on a wave of hype after going 17-0 on the local Chinese circuit, and he looked terrible in his debut against Mark Eddiva earlier this year. Tuerxun is dropping down to bantamweight due to being significantly smaller than his last opponent, but I don’t think it’ll help him much. Tuerxun just doesn’t have many tools and I feel he’s going to continue to get exposed against UFC competition. His opponent Issa is a very talented grappler and could take advantage of Tuerxun’s poor takedown defense and I just don’t have faith Tuerxun will get much done come fight time. Complete TUF 19 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: TUF 19 Finale Preview
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