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 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 164 like Josh Barnett ($5400), 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:
Chad Mendes ($5300): Mendes is the clear-cut number two fighter in the featherweight division at the moment and he has been putting on some serious displays lately, finishing all three of his most recent opponents inside the first round, which would have netted you some massive points if you had him on your Kountermove team. Mendes has all the tools right now in striking, wrestling and athleticism and he should be better than opponent Clay Guida in all areas, even in Guida's biggest grappling strength. Mendes is more than worth going over the $5000 average here.
Nikita Krylov ($4900): Krylov is one of the top heavyweight prospects to come out of Europe in a while, having never left the first round in any of his 16 professional fights. He's adept in both the striking and submission arts, with five knockouts and 10 submissions on his record. What makes him even more intriguing is the fact that he's just 21 years old, a full 14 years younger than his opponent Soa Palelei. As long as Krylov can be aggressive and fight to his strengths, he shouldn't have too much trouble with his Australian opponent.
Underdog Pick of the Night
Al Iaquinta ($4400): Iaquinta may not look like much, but The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 15 finalist is a very talented all-around fighter out of the Serra-Longo fight team. It's been over a year since he last competed, losing to Michael Chiesa on the show's finale last June, but he's had plenty of time to work on a few of his weaknesses and fine tune his skills. His opponent Ryan Couture is all heart, showcasing some serious guts against K.J. Noons, but he shouldn't be able to threaten Iaquinta with his overall skill-set. If Iaquinta plays his cards right, he should at least win a decision and could potentially score you some big points with a finish.
Thanks for reading and good luck!