Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to the O3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland this Saturday (Oct., 24, 2015) for the laughably thin UFC Fight Night 76 event, featuring a Flyweight battle pitting Patrick Holohan vs. Louis Smolka.
Why not spice up your UFC Fight Night 76 viewing experience by playing Fantasy MMA with Kountermove?
If you are not familiar with how Kountermove works, here is what you need to know:
In Kountermove you build a team of five fighters utilizing a "salary cap" of $25,000 in fantasy money to spend on drafting the team you expect to perform the best on fight night. If your team performs well enough, you will likely have a share of cash prizes in any number of Kountermove's games.
Points* are scored with finishes, significant strikes, knockdowns, takedowns, dominant positions, and submission attempts. The more dominant your fighters' performance is, the more points you're going to score. For a detailed breakdown of how the scoring works, click here.
*Fighter statistics are provided by FightMetric LLC, the UFC's official stats provider.
Below I break down the UFC Fight Night 76 card to help give you an edge in Kountermove this weekend. Here are my knockout artists to look out for, the upset special, and a handful of quick picks for the Saturday night event!
Knockout Artists: Darren Till ($4,600), Steven Ray ($5,200), & Scott Askham ($4,800)
In Kountermove, it is integral to choose fighters who are notorious finishers and have a high likelihood of finishing their opponent on fight night. A finish bonus could mean the difference between walking away empty-handed, or your team earning you a handsome cash reward.
At UFC Fight Night 76, there are several knockout artists to choose from as Darren Till, Steven Ray, and Scott Askham have a combined 23 knockouts to their credit.
Till is a highly touted undefeated prospect from England, and is coming off a exceptional UFC debut that saw him obliterate Wendell Oliveira in the second round of their Welterweight battle this past May.
In 13 career victories, the Englishman has knocked out nine of his opponents, and also submitted two others.
While I am very high on Till moving forward, the 22-year old is taking on another highly touted undefeated prospect in Nicolas Dalby, and I doubt the fight will end via finish.
Steven Ray on the other hand, has a fantastic opportunity to earn his 15th career finish and third straight knockout when he takes on Mickael Lebout in Dublin. While Lebout is talented, he just won't be up to par against Ray, and I expect a violent finish for "Braveheart" come fight night.
My final knockout artist to look out for is Scott Askham. Yet another up and coming Englishman with power, Askham boasts 10 finishes -- including 8 knockouts -- on his record.
The 27-year old faces a stiff test in Krzysztof Jotko this Saturday, but I do believe he will pick up the victory. At $4,800, Askham could be in for a huge Fantasy MMA performance, and catapult your team to the top of the leaderboard.
The Upset Special: Tom Breese ($4,600)
Tom Breese was initially my "Star Pick" for UFC Fight Night 76, but after realizing the Tristar gym product is actually the underdog against Cathal Pendred, the undefeated Englishman became the "Upset Special."
If you have never seen Breese fight, do yourself a favor and watch his complete annihilation of Luiz Dutra in his Octagon debut. Then go back and watch some of his incredible fights and finishes on YouTube during his run in BAMMA.
At 24-years old, Breese is 8-0, without a single fight going to the judges. The upstart Welterweight is also a grappling wizard, earning six submissions in his professional career, and five more in his amateur career.
Taking on Cathal Pendred, Breese has another opportunity to earn a finish in only his second UFC fight. While Pendred has proved to be tough in his Octagon career, he has also shown horrendous striking offense and defense in five bouts.
"The Punisher" has only been finished twice in his career, but I expect him to fade early after a few shots from Breese en route to a second round TKO finish.
Aisling Daly ($4,900): Aisling Daly is certainly not the most impressive Women's Strawweight on UFC's roster, but "Ais The Bash" is undoubtedly one of the toughest. Daly has come up short against stout competition many times, but Ericka Almeida has not proven to be a force in her lone Octagon performance. Fighting in front of her home crowd, I believe Daly will pick up a massive victory, and potentially finish her Brazilian opposition.
Neil Seery ($5,300): The Irishmen seemingly always find a way to win in Dublin, and Neil Seery will keep that trend going this Saturday night. Taking on a limited Jon Delos-Reyes, expect Seery to bring the pressure early on. While I don't expect "2 Tap" to finish his opponent, I do expect a strong performance from the fan-favorite.
Good luck picking!
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