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 $500 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 162 like Anderson Silva ($6000), you have to balance it out by picking some underdogs that you think will perform above and beyond. Sometimes it's just not worth it to pick the overwhelming favorite.
Without further ado, here are some of the picks that stand out for me:
Edson Barboza ($5500) - Yes, you'll have to balance this out with an underdog later but Barboza is facing Rafaello Oliveira, who stepped up on relatively short notice with John Makdessi got injured. Barboza is downright scary on the feet with some devastating kickboxing ability as evidenced by his extremely violent knockouts of Terry Etim, Mike Lullo and Lucas Martins and he's entering this bout as an over -500 favorite. You definitely have a great shot at getting money's worth with this pick.
Tim Boetsch ($4800) - Boetsch is extremely durable and up until his last fight where he tore his meniscus, was poked in the eye and suffered a bad cut from a head butt, he was making serious waves in the UFC middleweight division. He's fighting Mark Munoz, who's a talented guy himself, but based on pure chin strength, if either man gets in a situation where they both land a big shot at the same time, it's going to be Munoz who goes down first. This fight is a relative toss-up on paper, but I'm definitely leaning Boetsch based on his toughness as well as his fighting ability.
Gabriel Gonzaga ($4600) - Yes, he got beat up pretty bad in his last fight, but he's a 2-1 favorite over Dave Herman, who's been finished in three straight fights and is also coming off a lengthy suspension due to marijuana use. As long as Gonzaga can close the distance without getting clipped by Herman's power, he's got a very good chance of dominating him on the ground with his elite Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills. "Napao" has done a much better job of going back to his BJJ roots in his UFC return and at 4600, that's a fantastic value which will help you pick up a big favorite if you want one.
Underdog Pick of the Night
Dennis Siver ($4000) - To be completely honest, I think Cub Swanson is going to win this fight, but there are too many heavy favorites on this card and it's likely you'll need to take a flier on an underdog. Siver is experienced, talented on the feet and can hold his own everywhere. He's an underdog against Swanson, but only about +180, which means there's tremendous value here if you want to take a shot on the German dynamo and then try to add a big favorite like Frankie Edgar ($5800) or Seth Baczynski ($5700) to your team.
Thanks for reading and good luck!