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/33019-fn-5354-mma-oddsbreaker-200-tourney-on-ufc-fight-night-54-macdonald-vs-saffiedine-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 53 or 54 like Gunnar Nelson ($5700) or Rory MacDonald ($5800), 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: Albert Tumenov ($5400): This might seem a little bit pricey, but believe me, Albert Tumenov is more than worth the extra Kountermove cash. “Einstein” is extremely heavy-handed with a long history of quick finishes and he’s facing an opponent in Matt Dwyer who I feel is perfectly suited for Tumenov’s immense talents. Dwyer is long and lanky but has atrocious striking defense and a suspect chin. I’m not joking when I say they might have to invent a word in the dictionary for the horrible things that are going to happen to Dwyer should Tumenov connect with his vintage left hook. I honestly feel Tumenov is one of your best chances at a quick 100 first-round finish points so you should have him on every one of your teams. Underdog Pick of the Night Patrick Holohan ($4600): Holohan was originally supposed to take on a much more competitive Louis Gaudinot, but Gaudinot pulled out with less than a week to go before the fight and instead, the talented Irish fighter will now battle Chris Kelades. Kelades isn’t a bad fighter, but he was 0-1 under the Bellator banner and he honestly is in store for quite a beatdown in my opinion. Holohan has a very unorthodox striking style and combines that with an extremely dangerous ground game. He could end this fight standing or on the canvas and he’s currently a -305 betting favorite. The odds are on your side if you stash him on your team. Fighter to Avoid Bruno Santos ($4800): Santos is hands down the most boring fighter currently on the UFC roster. He is extremely one-dimensional and seems only capable of grabbing his opponent, taking them down and holding them there. I think he’s in for a world of pain against TUF Nations winner Elias Theodoreau. The UFC brass wants to showcase these top young Canadian talents and Santos is likely going to be completely outclassed in all facets, even in his one dimension he’s half decent in. Look for Theodoreau to win this fight however he wants and avoid putting Santos on your team at all costs. Complete UFC Fight Night 53 and UFC Fight Night 54 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: UFC Fight Night 53 Preview
UFC Fight Night 54 Preview
Thanks for reading and good luck!