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UFC 193 Kountermove Preview




The UFC returns to Australia this weekend with UFC 193 featuring title defenses for both women’s divisions with Ronda Rousey taking on Holly Holm and Joanna Jedrzejczyk facing off with Val Letourneau. The card is also home to a number of other fun and slightly (understatement) more competitive bouts with a rematch between Mark Hunt and Bigfoot Silva and Uriah Hall taking on Robert Whittaker. The card is packed with fun fights top to bottom and should end up being a great event. To get you ready for the fights, we’ve got your regular Kountermove breakdown including one big tip for the event and two fighters I like. Before we get down to business, 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


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 the event that will hopefully help you make some cash on Saturday:

1.   The first thing I thought from a KM perspective when this card was how much I’d have to sacrifice to get both Ronda Rousey ($6,000) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($6,100) on my team. They are without a doubt two of the top fantasy picks of all time and would normally be an anchor of any fantasy team. With Rousey coming in at $6,000 and Jedrzejczyk even more expensive at $6,100, fitting them both in to your team is not an easy task. Yes it’s possible, and they’re two locks for 100+ points (as much as anyone in MMA can ever be a lock) but putting them both on your team handcuffs you as far as who else you can have on your team. Because of this, I’m actually going to advise against picking both of them. Even if they both get 100+ points having them both on your team doesn’t do you any good at all if the fighters you were stuck using to fill out your team get 30 points apiece.

2.   Leading off from my first point, you’re now stuck with the problem of choosing between the two champs. Although I’ve gone with Rousey as my top pick for as long as I’ve been writing these articles, I’m actually going to go with JJ here. I think Rousey gets the finish, but I see the fight going one of two ways. In the first scenario, Rousey comes out and surprises Holm by rushing her, taking her down and submitting her. Boom. Done in less than 45 seconds, and Rousey gets just over 100 points, maybe 105. The second scenario is Holm succeeding in staying at range, and slowing the fight down until Rousey gets in, takes her down and then submits her. Still just over 100 points and if the fight makes it out of the first you could be looking at around 80-90. JJ on the other hand, is likely going to beat the life out of Letourneau before finishing her, not unlike she did with Penne and Esparza in her last two showings. Jedrzejczyk has the offensive output to put up 120+ points, especially in this bout against someone who is predominately a striker and will likely be looking to stand with the champ. She makes a great pick for the top spot on your team and is easy to afford if you aren’t looking at finding a spot for both champs.

3.   Assuming you’re going to have one of the two champs on your team, you’re absolutely going to need one of the cheaper fighters to make some space in your budget. Enter James Moontasri ($4,300). Moontasri has had mixed success in his UFC career so far going 1-2 in his three fights with the promotion but has still been facing a higher level of combination than his UFC 193 opponent Anton Zafir. ‘Moonwalker’ is a flashy striker who sometimes goes for an exciting gameplan over a practical one but I think that should be enough here against a weaker opponent. I see him getting a highlight finish or controlling a decision and although a finish would be best, either outcome would be fine for someone who costs $4,300.

Good luck this weekend!

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