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 Fight for the Troops 3 like Liz Carmouche ($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:
Yoel Romero ($4700): A former Olympic silver medalist in wrestling for the Cuban national team, Romero is incredibly athletic and lethal from just about anywhere. He can take you down if need be, but he's really fallen in love with his striking since making the transition to MMA. His UFC debut was amazing, destroying Clifford Starks with an insane first round flying knee. His opponent Ronny Markes loves to bully opponents in the clinch, but with Romero's elite grappling background, it's highly unlikely he'll be able to pull off a similar gameplan. Markes is a bit lost on the feet so if Romero can keep him at distance, we could see another highlight reel finish.
Underdog Pick of the Night
Yancy Medeiros ($4200): This pick is less about how good Medeiros is (he's actually pretty talented) and more about his opponent. Yves Edwards may only be 37 years old, but he's about 75 in terms of fight years. The "Thugjitsu Master" has been around the block too many times and it's begun to show in his recent fights where he had little to no activity en route to split decision losses. Medeiros hits hard, is aggressive on the feet and will put some pressure on Edwards. At worst, I see him pulling off a decision but he might even blast Edwards into retirement if he connects solidly.
Fighter to Avoid
Derek Brunson ($5600): I honestly feel Brunson is one of the most overvalued fighters on the entire card. Beating Chris Leben at this point in his career does not make you a can't-miss talent anymore. Just ask Andrew Craig, who was finished in his last fight. Brunson has decent wrestling and he's a pretty good athlete, but he gasses, doesn't have much in terms of finishing ability against top opponents and he has a pretty bad chin. That's a recipe for disaster against a top prospect in the UFC-debuting Brian Houston. Stay away from Brunson like the plague.
Thanks for reading and good luck!