Kountermove Fantasy MMA Preview for UFC 195

As the New Year’s Day fog lifts, you’ll come to realize that some amazing stuff went down in MMA during 2015. And then you’ll realize that prelims are about to start for UFC 195, thus kicking off 2016. So let’s get back in the game. Fantasy players should always be on the lookout for value in their MMA roster, and that means reliable favorites, and bargain players with big upside. And you should avoid paying too much for anyone likely to post paltry numbers in victory, or worse, in defeat. So here are some recommendations for favorites to start, and some potential bargains with...

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Snapstats: Offensive Striking Metrics for UFC on FOX 17

We saw several high performing strikers come through with big wins at UFC 194, and now we’ve arrived at the final fight card of the year. It’s a FOX card too, so we know it will be stacked with fan-friendly strikers hoping to draw new mainstream fans to the sport, as well as sending out with a bang. But not all strikers are created equal, and even among good strikers, some excel in different ways. So let’s review the FOX 17 fighters on their offensive metrics to see who stands out, and specifically how. As we’ll see, there are some freakishly high performers in several categories, and...

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Just How Good is Conor McGregor at Striking?

  As 2015 comes to a close, the MMA world is anticipating what could be the most watched UFC event in history at UFC 194 in Las Vegas. Coming off the heels of the recent, stunning upset of Holm Holm over Ronda Rousey, an even more highly anticipated title fight between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo will finally take place. The matchup fell through once due to a short notice injury to Aldo, and McGregor’s subsequent knockout of Chad Mendes for an interim title skyrocketed his already-elevated popularity. The original matchup already had massive hype behind it, but McGregor’s...

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Kountermove Fantasy MMA Preview for UFC’s Triple Fight Week

With over 60 fighters competing in the UFC this week on three separate nights of fights in Las Vegas, MMA fans have a lot to take in! We could imagine that it’s the longest undercard ever for the ultimate marquee matchup between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo in the final fight of UFC 194. But remember that it’s really three separate events with different objectives, and the first two fight cards are scheduled for a small venue at The Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan, requiring the use of the small UFC cage. Fantasy players have tons of fighters to choose from this weekend, so let’s consider...

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Ronda Rousey the Destroyer – and Why We Should Watch Her at UFC 193

  Ronda Rousey has become a really big deal, and there are a lot of reasons why. But for serious Mixed Martial Arts fans who have watched the sport grow from its sloppy, circus-like infancy, they see that Rousey has delivered the type of combative dominance rarely seen in modern MMA. Not since Royce Gracie first shocked UFC fans by submitting one larger and more fearsome opponent after another has such an unsuspecting physical specimen belied such dangerous weapons. And over 20 years since UFC 1, this time around a much wider audience is prepared to see what a dominant fighter looks like...

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Snapstats: Offensive Striking Metrics for UFC 193

  Note, for our Fantasy preview of UFC 193, go here. For our ESPN Insider betting analysis, go here.     The final two fights at UFC 193 will feature two of the most decorated strikers in women’s MMA, one a former boxer, and one a form Muay Thai competitor. But one is a monstrous betting favorite, and the other is a massive underdog. One look at the graph below, and you’ll see why. But how does the rest of the card stack up in terms of striking skills? Let’s see them on all on page.   How the Graph Works This balloon (or bubble) chart includes the fighters competing...

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