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/34790-fn-57-mma-oddsbreaker-200-tourney-on-ufc-fight-night-57-edgar-vs-swanson-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 57 like Frankie Edgar ($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: Doo Ho Choi ($5100): Choi is the best prospect to come out of South Korea in years, potentially ever. The 23-year old is an absolutely vicious striker with incredibly potent hooks, knees and kicks. He’ll be stepping into the cage opposite Juan Manuel Puig, a decent Mexican prospect who’s better on the ground than the feet and has some serious holes in his striking defense. Puig was knocked out cold in the first round by Adriano Martins in his UFC debut after choosing to stand and bang with a superior striker rather than pursue the takedown, and we could be seeing an eerily similar result should Puig choose to trade on the feet for extended periods of time with Choi. Choi isn’t as good of a counterstriker, but he’s aggressive enough that he could force an engagement on the feet, something I think he should win convincingly. Underdog Pick of the Night Josh Copeland ($4300): “The Cuddly Bear” has an extremely Kountermove-friendly style. Copeland loves to push forward extremely aggressively and pursue the early finish due to strikes. He’ll be looking to pressure Ruslan Magomedov early and often, trying to connect with his heavy hands in his UFC debut and end this fight quickly. If Copeland can hurt Magomedov, he’ll swarm him and put him away. If he can’t finish the Russian quickly, he could definitely be outpointed over the course of three rounds and lose a decision. It’s a big risk/big reward option, but if he comes through, Copeland will be the MVP of several top Kountermove teams this weekend. Magomedov got dropped by Viktor Pesta in his UFC debut, a fighter with a much less polished striking arsenal than Copeland, so it’s a very real possibility that we see an early finish here. Fighter to Avoid Yves Edwards ($5100): I actually think Yves Edwards is a much better fighter than his opponent Akbarh Arreola, a guy who I don’t believe even belongs in the UFC. The problem right now is you just can’t trust Edwards at this point. “The Thugjitsu Master” has 21 losses in his career for a reason, even if he’s doubled that with 42 total wins. In his last fight, he just completely melted down against Piotr Hallmann after a strong first round and at this point in his career, you just can’t trust the veteran’s chin, conditioning or anything, really. Edwards could definitely win this fight but the risk isn’t worth the reward in my opinion. Complete UFC Fight Night 57 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 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 this event: UFC Fight Night 57 Preview
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