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 Night 32 like Brandon Thatch ($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:
Ryan LaFlare ($4900): LaFlare trains out of a solid gym in New York and has a spectacular wrestling background. Having that ability to control where the fight takes place is vital and LaFlare has been dominant thus far in his MMA career. Worst case scenario, LaFlare will likely win three rounds with dominant wrestling mixed with ground strikes. In my opinion, he's the safest pick on the card, especially for the price. Finish or not, he'll get you some points. Wrestlers almost always deliver especially if they stick with what brought them here.
Underdog Pick of the Night
Rafael Cavalcante ($4000): "Feijao" was a tremendous disappointment in his UFC debut, throwing haymakers at Thiago Silva for three minutes before gassing out and getting finished at the end of the first round. He seems to have made some serious effort to make sure that doesn't happen again, showing up in tremendous shape at the weigh-ins and looking ready to go to war against Igor Pokrajac. Cavalcante has some serious power and he's still the guy who was able to win the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title. Sure, his chin isn't very good, but Pokrajac isn't a devastating finisher. At just $4000, he's more than worth a gamble so you can afford all the big favorites you like.
Fighter to Avoid
Dustin Ortiz ($4800): Ortiz may be training out of Roufusport now, but he certainly doesn't fight like it. The flyweight was ranked in the top 10 of the division long before UFC began promoting bouts in the weight class but his performances as of late have not been that impressive. He was defeated by Josh Robinson on his home turf in an ugly split decision and has done nothing but score decision wins since. He's not much of a finisher especially against the top competition. In fact, he was absolutely dominated by Ian McCall the only time he ever faced a UFC-level flyweight.
Thanks for reading and good luck!