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/35245-ufc-181-mma-oddsbreaker-200-tourney-on-ufc-181-hendricks-vs-lawler-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 181 like Anthony Pettis ($5700) 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: Todd Duffee ($5200): A bit of a risk here for a chance at a massive reward. Todd Duffee was all the rage when he made his UFC debut way back in the day, but he’s back and just as dangerous as ever heading into this upcoming bout against the significantly slower and less explosive Anthony Hamilton. When Duffee wins, it’s usually in highlight reel fashion and it happens early in the first round. Hopefully we get the Todd Duffee that slaughtered Tim Hague in seven seconds and not the Duffee that got knocked out by Mike Russow in the third round of his second UFC bout. Underdog Pick of the Night Corey Anderson ($4800): I think this is a case of a fighter gaining significant value due to an opponent change. Anderson was set to have a very solid test against Gian Villante before Villante pulled out due to injury. After another fighter dropped out, Justin Jones stepped in to face Anderson. Jones is a natural middleweight taking this fight on short notice against a significantly bigger, stronger and more experienced opponent in Anderson. Look for Anderson to utilize his size in the clinch and his wrestling against Jones to neutralize his opponents’ speed and power. You can take Anderson to the bank for this fight. Fighter to Avoid Eddie Gordon ($5000): Eddie Gordon looked terrific in his bout to win The Ultimate Fighter, but don’t forget how terrible he looked on the actual show against Mike King and Cathal Pendred in a pair of ugly split decision victories. Gordon won’t be facing an undersized welterweight this time around. He’ll be stepping into the cage opposite an incredibly motivated Josh Samman. If Gordon can’t get his wrestling going, this is going to be a very difficult fight for him, so I just don’t see a lot of value in The Ultimate Fighter season 19 winner. Complete UFC 181 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 11 total bouts this event: UFC 181 Preview
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