Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this Saturday (Nov., 7, 2015) for UFC Fight Night 77, which features a Middleweight rubber match pitting Dan Henderson against Vitor Belfort.
Why not spice up your UFC Fight Night 77 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 77 card to help give you an edge in Kountermove this weekend. Here is my main event breakdown, my star pick, and a handful of quick picks for the Saturday night event!
Main Event Breakdown: Vitor Belfort ($5,500) vs. Dan Henderson ($5,000)
Mixed martial arts (MMA) royalty take center stage in Brazil this weekend for a rubber match nobody asked for, but the show must go on.
Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson have each won one fight in their rivalry, with "The Phenom" earning a vicious 77-second knockout victory over "Hendo" in their rematch just about two years ago. Henderson's win came all the way back in 2006, when he defeated his Brazilian counterpart via unanimous decision at PRIDE 32.
Both men are long past their fighting primes, but will nonetheless throw down for our entertainment on Saturday evening.
The question is: Who is the correct pick in Kountermove? Belfort comes in at a pricey $5,500 price tag, while Henderson is a modest $5,000 for his services.
With both men posses ability to end a fight with a single punch or kick, it becomes tricky to make the logical pick in Kountermove.
The Brazilian's chances to win the fight fall off drastically after the first three minutes, as Belfort tends to blow his load early on in his fights looking for a spectacular knockout. "The Phenom" was able to catch Henderson early in their last affair, and the American was unable to recover quick enough before the referee called a stop to the bout.
If Henderson survives the initial onslaught on Saturday, he should have no problem taking Belfort down, and utilizing his wrestling en route to a decision victory.
Ultimately, Belfort is too risky at $5,500, so I recommend passing on the Brazilian this weekend. As for Henderson, there is likely better value at $5,000 on the UFC Fight Night 77 card, but he is definitely the choice in the main event.
Star Pick: Thomas Almeida ($5,400)
Thomas Almeida was one of the most promising prospects to step inside the Octagon when he made his UFC debut in Nov. 2014.
Since then, "Thominhas" has amazed fight fans with brilliant and savage striking technique, capped off by two straight vicious knockouts over Yves Jabouin and Brad Pickett.
In his career, the Brazilian has finished 18 of his 19 opponents, and has never once looked close to losing a fight.
Taking on fellow prospect in Anthony Birchak, Almeida will be tested against a fellow young lion looking to make his mark inside the Octagon, and I expect him to pass the test with flying colors.
While "El Toro" certainly has some talent, he is going to be befuddled by Almeida's lightning fast speed, agility, and shocking power at Bantamweight.
It may not be a first round knockout, but expect "Thominhas" to finish Birchak within 10 minutes.
Alex Oliveira ($5,300): Sure Alex Oliveira is pricey in Kountermove this weekend, but "Cowboy" has earned his price tag with three absolutely thrilling Octagon battles. The Brazilian was unable to finish his last opponent, and I expect him to come up large against Piotr Hallman in his backyard.
Abel Trujillo ($4,600): It has been a while since fight fans have witnessed Abel Trujillo grace the Octagon, but it is unlikely many have forgotten "Killa's" penchant for ultra-violent finishes. The 32-year old only fights in high-gear, which makes him a risky pick in Kountermove, but at $4,600, the potential for a first round knockout is too high not to cash in.
Good luck picking!
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