Guess who's back again, Maniacs?
The mixed martial arts (MMA) fantasy website Kountermove is back with another freeroll for MMAmania.comreaders. 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 Fight Night 28 like Glover Teixeira ($5900), 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:
Rafael Natal ($5100): The biggest advantage Natal has going for him here is he's going up against someone in Tor Troeng who is solid all-around but not an elite grappler. If Natal can get his hands on him, especially in front of his home country, there's a very good chance he can physically dominate him either to a unanimous decision or potentially a submission like when Troeng fought Thales Leites. Troeng has had issues against top grapplers and there's no telling how he'll handle the hostile Brazilian crowd. Natal could be in for a big night.
Underdog Pick of the Night
Ali Bagautinov ($4400): Bagautinov has long been considered one of the best flyweight prospects available and UFC finally pulled the trigger, signing him earlier this year. He'll be making his promotional debut in hostile territory, but due to being a Russian fighter, I see that as being less of a problem as it would be for most. Bagautinov possesses immense power for a 125-pounder and his upcoming opponent Marcos Vinicius happens to be very hittable, most recently getting knocked out brutally by Johnny Bedford late last year. Considering Bagautinov's last two fights have gone 52 seconds combined, this one could be over very quickly.
Thanks for reading and good luck!