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/37831-ufc-183-mma-oddsbreaker-200-tourney-on-ufc-183-silva-vs-diaz-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 183 like Anderson Silva ($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: Derek Brunson ($5000): This is simply a value pick. Brunson is one of the biggest favorites on the entire UFC 183 betting card, so getting him at the average price of $5000 feels like a complete steal. Brunson has a big wrestling edge against Herman, and he’s also the younger, more powerful and more versatile striker when the bout is standing. The only concern is his chin, as he’s been knocked out twice (granted against two of the best middleweights on the planet). Ed Herman is extremely hittable and Brunson could take full advantage and score some big points for your team if he becomes the first man to crack “Short Fuse’s” chin. Underdog Pick of the Night Tyron Woodley ($4600): I was going to have Woodley as my underdog of the night anyways, and that was before Woodley’s opponent Kelvin Gastelum weighed in a whopping 10 pounds over the 170 lb welterweight limit yesterday at the UFC 183 weigh-ins. Something is clearly wrong with Gastelum and this caused the betting lines to flip, making Woodley the favorite heading into this contest, which will now be held at a catchweight after Gastelum was forced to surrender 30% of his fight purse to “T-Wood.” I expect Woodley to have a nice power and overall striking edge on the feet, plus he should be able to hold a slight grappling edge as well. Woodley has scored a plethora of first round knockouts in his UFC career thus far and he could very well continue that trend tonight. Fighter to Avoid Sara McMann ($4800): I’m actually picking McMann to win her fight against Miesha Tate, but let’s be honest, the former Olympic silver medalist is not much of a finisher. McMann has only scored one stoppage in the past three years and that was against a flyweight. I don’t think she has the ability to finish high level women’s bantamweights and this fight could get very ugly if she decides to utilize the lay-and-pray style which won her a split decision in her last fight against Lauren Murphy. I’d be shocked if McMann scored more than 50 points tonight due to her lack of output. There are plenty of better options out there. Complete UFC 183 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 183 Preview
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