Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) platform this Saturday night (November 15, 2015) with the UFC 193: "Rousey vs Holm" event from the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia and that means it is time to play Fantasy MMA with Kountermove.
For the Maniacs not looking to spend any money, Kountermove is offering a handful of free games for the PPV event.
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 193 PPV card to help give you an edge in Kountermove this weekend. Here is my Rousey vs. Jędrzejczyk breakdown, my value pick, and a handful of quick picks for the Saturday night event!
Ronda Rousey ($6,000) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($6,100)
Two UFC Women's champions are set to throw down on the UFC 193 PPV this weekend, and while Ronda Rousey and Joanna Jedrzejczyk won't be squaring off inside the cage, they will definitely be going toe-to-toe on the Fantasy gridiron.
When "Rowdy" headlines a UFC event, it is very rare for her not to be the priciest fighter in Kountermove that weekend. In her last three outings, Rousey has cost a whopping $6,000 twice, and $5,700 once.
While the UFC Women's Bantamweight champ may be pricey, she is about as sure a lock as there is in Fantasy MMA. With 10 first round finishes, including five inside the Octagon, Rousey is almost a sure-fire bet to score 100+ points come fight night.
UFC 193 will mark a special moment in Fantasy MMA, as UFC Women's Strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk actually costs $100 more than her championship counterpart.
So who do you pick this weekend?
Considering Rousey has notched over 100 points in four straight outings, there is absolutely no reason why you should pick Jedrzejczyk over the sport's biggest star. While I expect a sensational performance from the Strawweight champion, it is unlikely she will outscore Rousey come fight night.
Value Pick: Uriah Hall ($4,800)
When choosing a fighter that costs $6,000 in Fantasy MMA, you need to find value elsewhere on the card in order to put together a strong team that could vie for cash prizes by night's end.
The best value at UFC 193 is undoubtedly Uriah Hall.
"Primetime" is coming off a jaw-dropping knockout over Gegard Mousasi in late September, and has stepped in on short notice for an injured Michael Bisping to take on Robert Whittaker.
Hall has finally found his groove inside the Octagon, and will be competing this Saturday for the third time in four months. While a busy schedule could sometimes come as a detriment, Hall seems to be a fighter that thrives on short notice, where his physical abilities outweigh any emotional or psychological baggage.
With his confidence at an all-time high, I expect Hall to put on another exemplary performance in Australia, finishing the upstart Kiwi within 10 minutes.
Jake Matthews ($5,400): "The Celtic Kid" returns to action following his first career loss, and you can expect an explosive performance from Jake Matthews at UFC 193. At 21 years old, Matthews has already carved out eight professional victories, seven of which came via stoppage. Expect Matthews to put on a show in his backyard.
Gian Villante ($5,200): Chris Weidman's No. 1 training partner has never exactly been a consistent fighter, but when he is on, the New York native is as dangerous as they come in the 205-pound division. Coming off a shocking knockout loss to Tom Lawlor, expect Villante to punish Anthony Perosh as he attempts to earn his spot in the UFC rankings.
Good luck picking!
For more information on UFC 193, including the full fight card, results, news and more click here.