We’ve got a full few days of fights ahead of us with WSOF 18, Bellator 133, and the UFC’s Fight Night 60 over the next three nights. Say what you want about the big name value of each card but there are a ton of fun fights happening over these events. Although we won’t be doing a Kountermove breakdown for the WSOF and Bellator events, we’ve got your regular preview for Fight Night 60 headlined by Brandon Thatch and Benson Henderson at welterweight. This week’s breakdown consists of two fighters I like and an entire fight I’m going to be staying away from. We’ve also got a 25% bonus from the great folks over at KM for anyone making a deposit! 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.
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. My top pick for the night is going to be Brandon Thatch ($5,400). I’ve been pretty high on Brandon Thatch for a while now and see him as a guy who’s going to (hopefully) be fighting for a title in the next few years. He’s got the combination of a truly great striking arsenal and the ability to stay dangerous wherever the fight takes place. If Benson had time to move up to welterweight comfortably rather than as a late replacement I’d think this fight would be closer but the way it sits now I think Thatch is the safer pick. He’s got an extremely KM friendly style and has a killer instinct of when to go for the finish. If the fight makes it out of the first few rounds it will be closer, but I don’t think it makes it that long with Thatch unleashing something violent early to ruin the former lightweight champ’s night.
2. There were a few pretty good cheaper picks for this event if you want to save some payroll but the standout pick for me is James Moontasri ($4,800). His opponent Cody Pfister is taking this fight as a late replacement for Jake Lindsey who pulled out due to injury. Although he lost his UFC debut, Moontasri looked great in his last fight dropping Joe Ellenberger in the first round before going on to lose a split decision. Moontasri’s some pretty vicious striking skills and I think he’ll use them to get an impressive finish or at the least rack up some nice KM points on his way to a decision.
3. An entire fight I’m going to be staying away from is going to be the bout between Efrain Escudero ($4,800) and Rodrigo de Lima ($4,800). Escudero should be able to come away with the win but I think it’s going to be one of the closer fights on the card. I see it going to a decision more often than not and although both fighters are pretty cheap there are at least three other guys I’m confident will score higher than either one of them. I also would be shocked to see either guy get finished early, which could ruin your night if you’re unfortunate to be on the wrong side of the stop. There’s value elsewhere on the card, so I’d advise staying away.
In the place of our usual freeroll, we’ve got a 25% deposit bonus for anyone looking to get some extra cash this weekend. When you get to the deposit screen, just enter the promo code ‘fightbooth’ and enjoy an extra 25% on your deposit. Kachow
Good luck this weekend!
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