Guess who's back again, Maniacs?
While I may be gone as a regular writer, I'm not going to take with me an opportunity for you to win free money. Expect a preview article and a tournament for every major show!
The mixed martial arts (MMA) fantasy website Kountermove is back with another freeroll for MMAmania.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 $250 tournament for MMAmania.com readers, just click the link below:
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 it's 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 167 like Georges St. Pierre ($6000), 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:
Timothy Elliott ($5000): Elliott is an extremely underrated flyweight right now. He's getting a huge opportunity tomorrow night to open up the main card of the pay-per-view and I fully expect him to deliver. He's a tenacious 125-pounder and he should have a relatively significant size and strength advantage over opponent Ali Bagautinov. Something important to consider is the fact that Bagautinov had some trouble in the grappling department in his UFC debut and that's where Elliot shines. Elliot is very scrappy on the feet and downright nasty on the ground. Look for a tremendous output of strikes via ground and pound if and when he puts the Russian on his back.
Underdog Pick of the Night
Tyron Woodley ($4200): Woodley has all the tools to be a top UFC welterweight but he's definitely hit and miss at times. He can be the guy that obliterated Andre Galvao and Jay Heiron in the first round and he can also be the guy that had absolute snoozers against Jake Shields and Jordan Mein. In my opinion, Woodley's upcoming opponent Josh Koscheck is on the decline so there's a serious chance Woodley can take advantage and potentially get a stoppage. All things considered, this fight is pretty much a pick 'em in the betting department so getting Woodley for such a cheap price is a steal in my opinion.
Fighter to Avoid
Donald Cerrone ($5000): Cerrone just has not been the same ever since receiving a beatdown at the hands of Anthony Pettis. He's been rocked or knocked out in three of his last four fights and has lost two of his last three. For some reason, "Cowboy" just doesn't show up in the big fights. Every time he's matched up against a top 10 fighter like Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos, he just doesn't show up. While Evan Dunham isn't a top 10 UFC lightweight, he's fringe top 15 and he's very talented. I think that's enough to give Cerrone serious problems when they throw down.
Thanks for reading and good luck!