Guess who's back again, Maniacs?
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 right here:
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 163 like Jose Aldo ($6300), 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:
Amanda Nunes ($4800): When Nunes is on, she's on. "The Lioness" is capable of being one of the most ferocious female fighters in the UFC. look no further than her track record of scoring impressive stoppages over veterans like Julia Budd, Ediane Gomes and Vanessa Porto. Her kryptonite has been powerful grapplers, but her opponent Sheila Gaff is far from it. Gaff is a striker who's a natural flyweight. Nunes is easy money as long as she doesn't walk into something.
Cezar Ferreira ($4800): This is an absolute steal. "Mutante" was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil and he's one of the more seasoned prospects to come out of the show. His opponent, Thiago Santos? He was on the much-rebuked second season as a welterweight and he didn't even advance past the quarterfinals. Santos is taking this fight as an injury replacement and he's basically being fed to the wolves. Pick up Ferreira so you can afford a big favorite.
Underdog Pick of the Night
Tom Watson ($4600): I know he's going into hostile territory, but Watson has a proven track record against some pretty tough veterans throughout his career. His opponent, Thales Leites, is making his UFC return after four years outside the promotion. Leites has a better ground game than Watson but he does not have very good means of getting the fight to the canvas. If Watson plays his cards right, he can batter Leites either on the outside with superior use of range or on the inside with his clinch attack, which is some of the most vicious in the entire promotion right now. Watson was a Kountermove hero for his "Fight of the Night"-winning performance against Stanislav Nedkov. He could be your savior tomorrow.
Thanks for reading and good luck!