Disclosure: Steph Daniels is a paid brand ambassador for Kountermove.
UFC 161 may have gone from stud to dud in no time flat, but we do still have a couple things to look forward to. The first being the return of the ladies to the octagon. I don't know about you, but I get excited when the gals get in there and throw dukes. The other thing you have to look forward to is another great tourney brought to you by my friends at Kountermove. $250 smackers are on the line for this one, so get out your pen and paper and start figuring out who's gonna make you money! 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.
By the way, I'll be bringing a $1000 tourney next week, with fewer entries, so the prizes will be much bigger. Why? Because I love Bloody Elbow, and that's how I roll (okay, so maybe Crazy Aaron at Kountermove is a super cool dude). Be on the lookout for it at the beginning of next week and good luck on this tourney!
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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.
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