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/35653-tuf-20-and-fox-13-mma-oddsbreaker-200-tourney-on-ufc-on-fox-13-dos-santos-vs-miocic-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 the TUF 20 Finale like Charles Oliveira ($5500) or from UFC on Fox 13 like Junior dos Santos ($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: Bec Rawlings ($4900): I see a ton of value in Rawlings here. She’s facing someone in Heather Jo Clark who just isn’t a UFC caliber fighter in my opinion. Clark is a tough vet, but she’s not really amazing at anything and I don’t see her having enough wrestling to keep Rawlings on her back for extended periods of time. I expect this fight to take place primarily in the stand-up portion and that’s where Rawlings shines. She’s a terrific brawler and she has a very real possibility of lighting Clark up over the course of three rounds if not getting a stoppage. I see a large amount of Kountermove points in “Rowdy Bec’s” future. Underdog Pick of the Night Henry Cejudo ($4000): Cejudo must have punched a puppy or something in front of the Kountermove execs, because it’s unbelievable that he’s such a huge dog here for his UFC debut considering he’s an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler. He’s facing someone in Dustin Kimura who was just outwrestled badly by George Roop over the course of three rounds in his last fight. Worst case scenario, Cejudo should be able to score takedowns, stay on top and win a decision. Best case, he gets some space either on the feet or on the ground and drop some big bombs to score a TKO victory and really land a great first impression with the fans. Fighter to Avoid Emily Kagan ($4800): I just don’t see much potential when I watch Kagan fight. She’s a decently experienced veteran, but she has this sort of style that grinds fights to a halt and she just sucks the wind out of a fight. She’s 33 years old and I don’t see her diversifying her skill-set any time soon. In her upcoming bout against Angela Hill, she’ll need to slow the pace of the fight down and make it really ugly if she wants to win. That doesn’t translate to a lot of points. In my opinion, she’s either going to get knocked out at some point in this fight or she’s going to win a really boring decision. I just don’t see how she can help your team so the best option is to stay away. Complete TUF 20 Finale and UFC on Fox 13 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 both fight cards on a pair of The Premium Oddscast episodes, which were posted earlier this week. Feel free to check out our latest episodes. There’s plenty of combinations for great teams with 23 total bouts these events: TUF 20 Finale Preview
UFC on Fox 13 Preview
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