Guess who's back again, Maniacs?
The mixed martial arts (MMA) fantasy website Kountermove is back with a complete website redesign and this time, it's offering an even bigger 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 right here:
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 161 like Roy Nelson ($5700), 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:
Alexis Davis ($5000): Davis is making her UFC debut, but don't underestimate her. She's coming off two straight stoppage victories over two of the best female grapplers at 135 pounds in Hitomi Akano and Shayna Baszler. She's fighting in her home country against Rosi Sexton, who's significantly smaller than her. Davis will be looking to bully Sexton and has a very good chance of not only winning, but winning impressively and scoring you some big points.
Tyron Woodley ($5200): Woodley is fighting Jake Shields, who won't be able to stand and trade with him. "T-Wood" has showcased a mean streak in recent fights and if he keeps up that same pace, he has a very good chance of continuing that success. Shields is a good wrestler, but in my opinion, he's just not on Woodley's level in that department and his submission advantage won't mean much if he can't get on top.
Underdog Pick of the Night
Shawn Jordan ($4500): Jordan is fighting Pat Barry, who's notorious for his lacking ground skills. As long as Jordan plays it smart and takes Barry down, he's got a very good chance of at least picking up a decision victory if not more. Considering he was able to outperform wrestler Mike Russow on the canvas in his last fight and even pick up a stoppage victory, the odds are high he could do the same to Barry. Jordan has a very good chance to give you the best bang for your buck considering his price.
Thanks for reading and good luck!
If you want to know more, here's my initial review of the fantasy MMA website from last yearl.