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/29828-fn-46-mma-oddsbreaker-250-tourney-on-ufc-fight-night-46-mcgregor-vs-brandao-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 46 like Conor McGregor ($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: Ilir Latifi ($5300): Latifi is significantly better than initially expected when he first signed with UFC to compete against Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 9. He showcased some pretty nasty ground skills in his last bout against Cyrille Diabate and I feel he’ll be able to do more of the same this time around against late replacement Chris Dempsey, who’s stepping up on short notice for his UFC debut in a foreign country and moving up a weight class. From the weigh-ins yesterday, it’s obvious that Dempsey doesn’t belong at 205 pounds and I believe Latifi is going to have his way with the untested Dempsey and potentially put up some big points. Underdog Pick of the Night Gunnar Nelson ($4200): I thought this was a mistake when I first saw the price for Nelson, but no, he’s really just $4200. Nelson’s opponent Zak Cummings is a pretty competent fighter, but Kountermove got it way wrong by listing Cummings as the significant favorite heading into this bout, and the betting public agrees. Nelson is currently a -540 betting favorite, and should likely be the most expensive fighter on the card for Kountermove points, but you’re getting him at a MASSIVE discount. Nelson has the better stand-up, is quicker and is world class should the fight hit the canvas. He has an advantage wherever this fight goes. Plain and simple, you’re a fool if you don’t have Nelson on your team. It’ll easily allow you to load up on other huge favorites like Latifi, McGregor and more if you believe they’ll pull out a victory. Fighter to Avoid Phil Harris ($4800): Harris has simply not been a UFC caliber fighter since getting signed to the flyweight division two years ago. He doesn’t present many threats in terms of finishing ability whether via strikes or submission and combined with the fact that he’s been finished inside the first round in his last two bouts, he should be sending off red alerts if you even consider him for your Kountermove team. While he’s had a decent performance against opponent Neil Seery in the past, he’s a completely different fighter heading into this bout and I have a feeling he’s going to be staring at the ceiling at some point against the powerful Irishman. Complete UFC Fight Night 46 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 10 total bouts for this event: UFC Fight Night 46 Preview
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