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 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 World Series of Fighting 4 like Jorge Santiago ($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:
Tyrone Spong ($4700): This event almost seems built around Spong's continued development as a mixed martial artist as he continues to dabble in MMA from the world of kickboxing where he's beginning to reign supreme. He nearly knocked Travis Bartlett's head off in his MMA debut and he's being matched up against a tough, but primarily stand-up fighter in Angel DeAnda tomorrow night, who is significantly smaller than him physically. If Spong keeps this standing, he could rack up a lot of points.
Nick Newell ($4800): Newell is the infamous "one-armed fighter," and a former XFC lightweight champion. Undefeated as a professional despite being a congenital amputee, he has a very potent ground game especially once he's in control of his opponents on the canvas from top position. If he can drag Keon Caldwell to the canvas, Caldwell likely will not have the ground defense to avoid either Newell's strong rear naked choke or his heel hook. Newell is definitely worth a shot on your team. The "Notorious" one is a finisher.
Fighters to avoid? How about Lew Polley or his opponent Hans Stringer. Their bout was pulled from the event earlier today when Polley reportedly came in 32 POUNDS OVERWHEIGHT. Yikes.