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/34481-ufc-180-mma-oddsbreaker-200-tourney-on-ufc-180-hunt-vs-werdum-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 180 like Fabricio Werdum ($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: Gabriel Benitez ($4800): This isn’t exactly me picking Benitez as it is me picking against Humberto Brown. Brown is a fighter out of Panama who simply lacks an overall MMA skillset. He has a wrestling base…and that’s about it. I don’t think he’s that physical, he can’t punch very well and he doesn’t have much of a submission game either. UFC seems high on Benitez and they likely want to give him an impressive victory in front of his native Mexican crowd. Benitez is pretty well-rounded and he’s tough as hell, so I think he can handle whatever Brown puts in front of him and eventually pull out the win. Underdog Pick of the Night Jose Quinones ($4700): Quinones is somehow the underdog here despite the fact that he’s already defeated his opponent once officially, and once again in an unsanctioned bout. Quinones is the superior overall mixed martial artist and he trains at a better gym than Alejandro Perez so I have a pretty good feeling that he can win this fight both standing or on the ground. Fighter to Avoid Marco Beltran ($4500): I just don’t think Marco Beltran is a good fighter at all. On my rankings for the fighters who competed on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, I felt he was one of the least talented overall out of everyone on the show. Beltran simply doesn’t have very good striking, wrestling or submission ability. All he has going for him is he’s durable and that’s not a good quality if you’re trying to score Kountermove points. I don’t think his fight ends well. Complete UFC 180 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 both fight cards on two separate editions of 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 22 total bouts between both events: UFC 1805 Preview
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