Want another reason to care about tomorrow night's pay-per-view?
The fantasy mixed martial arts (MMA) website Kountermove has selected MMAmania.com for an opportunity to win free money. All you've got to do is create a free account on Kountermove's website and you'll be able to enter the exclusive free tournament with $100 in total prize money.
There are 100 openings available at the moment (actually 99 because I'm already signed up) for the next big event, which will be based off of the upcoming UFC 159 show this weekend.
Once you've created an account, just click this link below and create your team (this is the only place you will find this link to the tournament):
There's actually two tournaments for UFC 159, so try your luck in one or both!
Here's a synopsis of what Kountermove is all about taken from the website.
Players use a $25,000 artificial salary cap to draft 5 fighters from the card before each event begins. Eachfighter has a salary designated by Kountermove -- salaries range from $3,000 to $8,000. The winners are determined based on how the fight plays out rather than simply a fight's outcome (pick'em format). Kountermove calculates a fighter's fantasy score based on the number of strikes, takedowns, submissions, dominant positions, and rounds won. Scoring data from the fights flows into the site in near real-time, so players can monitor their teams as the event happens. The data used in calculating a fighter's score is provided by UFC's official stats provider, FightMetric.
The site was started with the idea that MMA in general must market "up and coming" fighters to become a truly mainstream sport. "There are many great fighters out there that no one knows about because so much of marketing in MMA is geared toward the top fighters" said Aaron Ard, a co-founder of Kountermove.com, "we wanted to create a game that would create interest and engagement in preliminary fights as well as the headliners." Statistics are bearing this out; over 85% of Kountermove players' teams have at least one fighter competing on the preliminary card. No Kountermove player has won a major tournament without a preliminary card fighter on their team.
Want to know more? Here's my initial review of the fantasy MMA website from a year ago.