Are you ready? Those words are normally followed by 'We are live' or 'Iiiiiiiiiiittttttttt's TIME!' if you heard it in Bruce Buffer's voice, and when I've got a big whopper of a tourney for our readers, everything in my head is in Buffer's voice. UFC 168 is the last card of 2013, and presents the rematch of all rematches, Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva for the Middleweight strap. We'll finally know, once and for all, if Anderson's horsing around was the root of all discontent among his fans.
Ronda Rousey will also be rematching her arch nemesis, Miesha Tate in the other title fight on the card. The hatred between these two ladies can only be compared to the way I feel about peas. I positively hate those vile little vegetables, and would gladly see them ousted from Mother Earth permanently.
Enough about my small woes, let's get to the good stuff. My pal, Crazy Aaron at Kountermove has decided that we should have a fat, $1000 free tourney to wrap up 2013. There's no better way to ring in the new year than by winning some money, so make sure you jump on this opportunity. If $1000 games don't quite do it for you, I am also hosting a $25K mega tourney, as well, so feel free to check that out at your leisure. Before I link you guys, I wanted to give you some standard information about Kountermove.
Players use a $25,000 artificial salary cap to draft 5 fighters from the card before each event begins. Eachfighter has a salary designated by Kountermove -- salaries range from $3,000 to $8,000. The winners are determined based on how the fight plays out rather than simply a fight's outcome (pick'em format). Kountermove calculates a fighter's fantasy score based on the number of strikes, takedowns, submissions, dominant positions, and rounds won. Scoring data from the fights flows into the site in near real-time, so players can monitor their teams as the event happens. The data used in calculating a fighter's score is provided by UFC's official stats provider, FightMetric.
The site was started with the idea that MMA in general must market "up and coming" fighters to become a truly mainstream sport. "There are many great fighters out there that no one knows about because so much of marketing in MMA is geared toward the top fighters" said Aaron Ard, a co-founder of Kountermove.com, "we wanted to create a game that would create interest and engagement in preliminary fights as well as the headliners." Statistics are bearing this out; over 85% of Kountermove players' teams have at least one fighter competing on the preliminary card. No Kountermove player has won a major tournament without a preliminary card fighter on their team.
Here's the link to the $1000 tourney:
You can follow Kountermove via their Twitter account, @Kountermove
Disclaimer: Kountermove is not an advertiser on Bloody Elbow, nor are we being paid to advertise the contest. They offered to provide Bloody Elbow readers with the free tournament and are fully responsible for the contest and any associated prize payouts.