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UFC 181 Kountermove Preview + Freeroll

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After a UFC break last weekend, the UFC returns this weekend with two highly anticipated title fights and a card packed full of fun bouts. In preparation for the fights on Saturday, we’ve got your regular KM breakdown including two picks I like and a fight I’m hesitant to pick at all. We’ve also got a freeroll from the good people over at KM. Before we get to that, here’s a reminder from the founders of the site on how KM works and how fights are scored for anyone who’s new to the game:

“About Kountermove.  Kountermove, Inc. is currently the world’s leading Fantasy MMA community. Kountermove is like fantasy football or baseball, but for MMA. Our founders, Aaron Ard and Brian Knapp, are Jiu-jitsu black belts and IBJJF competitors.

Pick your team of 5 fighters. You are given a “salary cap” of $25,000 in fantasy money to spend on drafting your team of fighters you expect to perform well/win.

Each fighter is assigned a price that is reflective of his or her respective odds. For example, in UFC 167: GSP cost $6,000, while Johny Hendricks cost $5,000. Since Hendricks is the underdog, he cost less than GSP.

Score Points and Win. Once the fight card begins, you accumulate points based on how well your picks performed.

Winners are determined by the most points earned – points are awarded: strikes landed, submission attempts, knockdowns, dominant positions, rounds won, and knockout or submission bonuses.

Fight statistics are provided by FightMetric LLC, the UFC’s official stats provider.”

Here are a few extra links to get you accustomed to how the site works and how performances are scored.

How it works

Scoring

Remember this is fantasy sports, so you’re not only trying to pick a winner but someone you think will finish the fight or rack up a ton of points on their way to a decision. Don’t have a Kountermove account? All it takes is about 30 seconds and an email address so don’t panic, you’ve still got time before the fights start.

Here are three quick tips for each event that will hopefully help you make some cash on Saturday:

1.   Pricy pick I’m confident in this weekend is going to be #3 ranked Heavyweight Travis Browne ($5,500) in his bout with Brendan Schaub. Both these guys are coming off of a loss, but it’s the quality of both the opponent and the fight that differs so greatly. Browne lost a five round to current Interim champ Werdum and while it was a decently one-sided fight in Werdum’s favor Browne still looked better in the fight than either fighter did in Schaub’s painstakingly slow fight with Arlovski. The possibility of Schaub grinding out a win here isn’t completely out of question, but more often than not I see him getting ripped apart by something nasty on his way in for a takedown. 12 first round finishes (10 KO’s),  an 88% pro finish rate, and an opponent with a questionable chin are well enough to convince me that Browne is the top KM pick this weekend.

 2.   Another must have fighter at UFC 181 is TUF 19 Light Heavyweight winner Corey Anderson ($4,800). This is another fight where it isn’t so much one element of the fight leading to the pick as it is a number of convincing factors. The obvious first thing to point out is that Anderson’s opponent Justin Jones found out about this fight on Nov. 24th giving him just under three weeks of prep time for this fight. Jones also normally fights at Middleweight, is on the wrong end of a four-inch height advantage, and made his professional debut less than a year ago. I think Anderson gets the win and the finish on Saturday, proving him to be a great contribution to your KM team costing less than the average $5,000.

 3.   A fight I’m hesitant about picking is the Bantamweight Fight Pass bout between Sergio Pettis ($5,100) and Matt Hobar ($4,500). Most people are firmly behind Pettis on this one, but I’m no completely sold. If the fight takes place in the center of the cage and plays out as 15 minutes of striking, it’s Pettis’ to lose. I think there’s a pretty good chance Hobar makes this an ugly, grinding decision and then it’s anyone’s guess as to who gets the W. There are proven finishers that cost around Pettis’ price tag and cheap underdogs that will get you more points than Hobar. My advice is to look for KM help elsewhere on the card and sit back and watch this one as a fan.

Joining the freeroll is as simple as following the link below!

Fightbooth’s UFC 181 Kountermove Freeroll

Good luck this weekend!

Questions? Suggestions? Give me a shout on twitter @BlackEyeBowtie

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