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 $100 tournament for MMAOddsBreaker.com readers, just click the link below: https://www.kountermove.com/join/38693-fn-61-mma-oddsbreaker-100-tourney-on-ufc-fight-night-61-bigfoot-vs-mir-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 61 like Antonio Silva ($5600) 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: Iuri Alcantara ($5200): Alcantara has a knack for scoring quick finishes and he’s facing an overmatched opponent in Frankie Saenz who can be finished quickly should he eat a big strike. Alcantara should have the advantage in every single aspect of mixed martial arts heading into this bout…except conditioning. That being said, I don’t expect Saenz to survive long enough for cardio to become much of a factor in this bout. If Alcantara wins, he’ll be handing you a hefty KM bonus in the process. Underdog Pick of the Night Michael Johnson ($4600): There are a few intangibles going against Johnson in his fight against Edson Barboza. He doesn’t kick like Barboza, he’s coming off nearly a year-long layoff, and he’ll be fighting in hostile territory, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a shot. For as good of a striker as Barboza is, he still has flaws in his defense and his biggest weakness is definitely his poor chin. That’s something Johnson could capitalize on for sure. If Johnson connects with a solid punch to the jaw from either side, he could put Barboza on queer street and walk away with an upset victory. That would be a pretty good bang for your buck. Fighter to Avoid Matt Dwyer ($4100): I don’t care if Dwyer were free, just don’t put him on your team. At 6’4, he has a very long and lanky frame that you would think would be difficult to deal with,but instead he’s one of the most hittable guys in the entire welterweight division. Dwyer possesses a poor chin, awful defense and does not have the offensive skills to make up for his deficiencies. I’ll be surprised if he makes it to double digit points against William Macario before he’s flattened. Complete UFC Fight Night 61 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 Fight Night 61 Preview
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