Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to free television this Saturday night (August 8, 2015), live on FOX Sports 1 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee with UFC Fight Night 73, headlined by the Light Heavyweight collision pitting Ovince St. Preux against Glover Teixeira.
What better way to enjoy an evening of fisticuffs than 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 73 card to help give you an edge in Kountermove this weekend. Here is your main event breakdown, the star pick, and a handful of quick picks for the Saturday night event!
Main Event Breakdown: Ovince St. Preux ($5,200) vs. Glover Teixeira ($5,300)
The UFC Fight Night 73 main event is a critical 205-pound showdown between two very heavy-handed strikers, and most pundits are split on who will take home the victory in Nashville.
Considering their price-points only differ by $100, either fighter is a viable option in Kountermove this weekend.
Looking at their records alone, many would assume St. Preux is the clear-cut pick this weekend following two straight knockout victories, while Teixeira has dropped two in a row to Jon Jones and Phil Davis via decision.
Although their recent performances have been drastically different, I expect an extremely close fight this Saturday evening.
Both men have brutal knockout power, but neither have been finished by strikes in the last five years, suggesting this fight may in fact go to a decision, which is not exactly what you are looking for in Kountermove.
Regardless, I believe Teixeira has more tools to win as he is the more complete and accomplished fighter. Not only does Teixeira have knockout power, but his underrated grappling acumen has helped him accrue six submission victories over the course of his career.
With that being said, I still believe "OSP's" hot streak continues in his home state.
The Brazilian bomber is going to hunt for the knockout in order to prove he is the stronger puncher, and that could leave him open in exchanges with St. Preux's much improved counter striking.
I don't know if either man gets the finish on Saturday night, but if someone is going to sleep, I expect it to be the 35-year old in Teixeira.
Star Pick: Ray Borg ($5,400)
Ray Borg may be expensive this weekend in Kountermove, but the 22-year old Flyweight is worth every penny.
At 8-1, "The Tazmexican Devil" could very well be a future UFC title challenger, and Geane Herrera will be his next victim as he continues to ascend the 125-pound ladder.
Borg has looked exceptional inside the Octagon thus far, losing a hotly contested split decision against rising Flyweight Dustin Ortiz in his UFC debut before earning submission wins in back-to-back affairs.
After earning bonus checks in his last two fights, you can bet Borg will be looking to finish the job early in Nashville this weekend against the UFC debutant in Herrera.
Although Herrera in undefeated at 8-0, the Florida native has yet to fight any top-level competition on the regional circuit, and he could be in for a very rude awakening on fight night.
While Herrera certainly has some interesting tricks in his tool bag, I expect Borg to be far too much for the 25-year old to handle in his Octagon debut.
Michael Johnson ($5,000): Although Michael Johnson hasn't been all that active lately, "The Menace" has vastly improved over his last four fights. Training with the Blackzilians has made Johnson a potential title contender, and a victory over the crafty Beneil Dariush this Saturday could earn him a No. 1 contender shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov down the line.
Timothy Johnson ($4,200): There are a lot of high price tags in Kountermove this weekend, so here is my upset special for you all. When he isn't grooming the best mustache in the sport, Tim Johnson is knocking or choking people out. Jared Rosholt is no easy task, but Johnson is going to put him to sleep this weekend.
Scott Holtzman ($5,300): At 31-years old, "Hot Sauce" will finally get his crack inside the UFC's Octagon. Holtzman is undefeated as both a pro and an amateur, and I fully expect him to dominate Anthony Christodoulou on Saturday night. In fact, I expect Holtzman to garner his fifth career finish.
Good luck picking!
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