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/30362-fox-12-mma-oddsbreaker-250-tourney-on-ufc-on-fox-12-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 on Fox 12 like Robbie Lawler ($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: Tiago dos Santos e Silva ($4800): This talented Brazilian has some serious power in his hands and is insanely aggressive. He’s the reigning Jungle Fights lightweight champion, and his skills should translate pretty well here. His opponent, Akbarh Arreola, is a tough Mexican fighter with decent experience, but I feel he’s too old (31) to make a big splash in the UFC and he’s had trouble against powerful strikers before, getting TKO’d four times. I expect dos Santos to avoid the ground and really lay into Arreola in the clinch with his aggressive combinations, eventually forcing the Mexican debuter to wilt under the pressure. Underdog Pick of the Night Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($4500): If you don’t know who Jedrzejczyk is yet, you will by the time she competes tomorrow. This talented Polish prospect is an absolutely vicious striker with perhaps the most powerful right hand in the women’s strawweight division. She’s coming off a performance overseas where she didn’t just beat the bigger UFC veteran Rosi Sexton, she destroyed her. Jedrzejczyk dropped Sexton four times, eventually finishing her via knockout in the second round. This girl has lightning in her fists and she’s going to be even scarier now that she’s competing at her more natural 115 pounds. I expect big things from her on Saturday. Fighter to Avoid Kyle Kingsbury ($4800): Kingsbury was never a big Kountermove point-scorer in the first place due to his skill set that relied on clinch work, occasional takedowns and striking that was often unable to put away opponents. I expect those issues to be exacerbated on Saturday when he returns from semi-retirement after a significant time away from the Octagon against Patrick Cummins. While Cummins is still very raw, he should have a significant wrestling advantage and I can see Kingsbury at worst getting lay-and-prayed just like in his loss to Stephan Bonnar a few years ago. Complete UFC on Fox 12 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 12 total bouts for this event: UFC on Fox 12 Preview
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