Got post Christmas depression? Need a pick me up that will help you get over the fact that the holidays have once again thinned out your wallet? Look no further. I have a fresh, new freebie for our readers, straight from the koo-koo brain of Crazy Aaron. Hot on the heels of Kountermove getting some love from Forbes Magazine, and directly ahead of UFC 182, we figured a free cash tourney would be most appropriate to celebrate the new year.
Exactly one week from today, the much anticipated fight between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones will finally go down. Rooted in a rivalry that has literally been years in the making, this bout is guaranteed to be gangbusters. The rest of the card ain't too shabby, either. Now is the time to make your winning team so you can get your mitts on a piece of that cash prize pool. 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 $500 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.