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/33529-ufc-179-mma-oddsbreaker-200-tourney-on-ufc-179-aldo-vs-mendes-2-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 179 like Jose Aldo ($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: Yan Cabral ($5300): Cabral comes at an above average price but he’s more than worth it. The talented Brazilian submission specialist is taking on veteran Naoyuki Kotani, a fighter who simply isn’t on his level when it comes to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Cabral should be the bigger, stronger and more skilled fighter and while Kotani has a very solid grappling background in his own right, he was dominated by Norman Parke’s wrestling in his UFC return and he will likely be dominated again. Underdog Pick of the Night Darren Elkins ($4500): In my opinion, Elkins’ wrestling should be a significant factor in his bout against Lucas Martins. Elkins is bigger and stronger than just about everyone in the featherweight division and it usually plays a significant factor in his victories. While Elkins will likely be at a striking disadvantage against the Brazilian, I don’t expect him to keep this fight standing for very long. Look for Elkins to score big with a large amount of takedowns and while he’s primarily a decision-based fighter, he could land some decent ground and pound and maybe even finish Martins if he pours it on. Fighter to Avoid Scott Jorgensen ($4700): Jorgensen is a great fighter, but he’s not the sa.me man that went on a tear and earned a title shot in the WEC. He’s getting older and his chin isn’t what it used to be either. I don’t think he’ll get knocked out by Wilson Reis, but I think the fight could be very ugly. Jorgensen will likely need to implement a clinch-based attack or keep his distance and work Reis over with jabs and straight punches. I don’t like the odds that he scores a finish and he could very easily be on the losing end of a decision if not worse. If you’re looking for a decent return on your investment, look elsewhere Complete UFC 179 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 179 Preview
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