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/31237-fn-4849-mma-oddsbreaker-250-tourney-on-ufc-fight-night-49-henderson-vs-dos-anjos-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 48 or 49 like Michael Bisping ($5900), 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: Colby Covington ($5000): Covington was a 2x All-American wrestler in college, was a roommate of Jon Jones when he first started school and currently trains at American Top Team. If he doesn’t absolutely obliterate the seriously inexperienced Anying Wang tomorrow morning at UFC Fight Night 48, I’ll be incredibly disappointed. Most Chinese fighters are still way behind in the current fight game and this seems like a prime opportunity to pick up an easy win on the cheap. Underdog Pick of the Night Max Hollaway ($4700): This is more a situation where we’re taking advantage of a late replacement. Hollaway was originally slated to take on Mirsad Bektic, a very talented and well-rounded prospect on the rise. That fight would have been tough to call, and he was made a slight underdog by Kountermove. But then Bektic got hurt and was replaced by UFC newcomer Clay Collard on short notice, and Kountermove doesn’t change the price of a fighter after they set it initially so we get Hollaway for the price of the Bektic fight against a significantly less scary opponent. Collard is actually pretty decent, but fighting on short notice in the biggest match of his career against a very talented Hollaway is probably going to be too much for him. This is a prime scalping opportunity so you should definitely take it! Fighter to Avoid Francis Carmont ($5000): Carmont has officially entered Jake Shields territory. While he initially was an exciting prospect in the UFC middleweight division, he’s now gone to decision five fights in a row and hasn’t shown any signs of being a big-time Kountermove point-scorer. Carmont relies on his size, clinch and positional control to win fights now rather than his submissions or striking and it’s become not only tedious to watch, but incredibly dull and lackluster in the fantasy MMA department. He likely will need to be extra boring if he wants to neutralize the surging Thales Leites tomorrow night, so I say avoid this French fighter at all costs. Complete UFC Fight Night 48 and 49 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 pair of fight cards on The Premium Oddscast, which were posted earlier this week. Feel free to check out our latest episodes. There’s plenty of combinations for great teams with 21 combined total bouts for these events: UFC Fight Night 48 Preview
Complete UFC Fight Night 49 Preview
Thanks for reading and good luck!