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 $200 tournament for MMAOddsBreaker.com readers, just click the link below: https://www.kountermove.com/join/32430-fn-52-mma-oddsbreaker-200-tourney-on-ufc-fight-night-52-hunt-vs-nelson-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 52 like Mark Hunt ($5500), 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: Hyun Gyu Lim ($5400): Plain and simple, I think Lim is going to do terrible, horrible things to Takenori Sato on Saturday morning. Lim is one of the largest, most powerful and most intimidating welterweights on the entire UFC roster and he’ll be stepping into the Octagon opposite an older, slower, significantly smaller opponent who has a history of getting knocked out. That’s an atrocious combination. Sato already was destroyed via first minute knockout in his UFC debut against Erick Silva and believe it or not, this fight could end even quicker in my opinion. I think 5400 is a steal considering how many points Lim is likely going to accrue. Underdog Pick of the Night Kyung Ho Kang ($4600): There aren’t a ton of underdogs on this card that I feel are worth taking a stab on, but Kang definitely has the tools to pull off the upset. “Mr. Perfect” might not live up to his moniker considering his seven career losses, but Kang is a massive bantamweight and he has a very good opportunity to use his size well against Michinori Tanaka. Tanaka is a fantastic Japanese prospect in his own right who possesses a terrific ground game and some great scrambles, but I feel the size of Kang could be the difference here and he might be able to bully Tanaka inside the Octagon. Fighter to Avoid Maximo Blanco ($5100): If Blanco could put it all together, he’s be a great fighter. Unfortunately, he continues to repeat the same mistakes over and over again, finding new ways to get points deducted in his fights and he might possess the worst fight IQ on the entire UFC roster. Blanco has all the tools, a solid wrestling game, explosive athleticism and some power on the feet, but he can’t seem to help himself from throwing illegal blows, grabbing the fence or more. I think he’s stepping into the cage against a very hungry fighter in Dan Hooker and one mistake is all he needs for Hooker to capitalize on. I don’t think Blanco is worth it here. Complete UFC Fight Night 52 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 Fight Night 52 Preview
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