Fantasy sports are rapidly increasing in popularity, heck, I can’t walk around campus without overhearing at least one person say ‘man my team killed it in fantasy this weekend!’ or more commonly for me ‘Damn, I got freakin’ torched this weekend in fantasy, I don’t wanna talk about it.’ Fantasy is as much a part of football as are touchdowns and cheerleaders, and now they have fantasy games for MMA too. But, how do you pick an MMA fantasy game and how are they scored compared to the more common fantasy football? Well, here are some examples.
First there is Sherdog.com’s fantasy MMA Pick‘Em game, which isn’t really a fantasy game in the traditional sense. Normally, for fantasy games, points are awarded for individual players performance. Fantasy football players get yards for scoring touchdowns and gaining offensive yards. With Sherdog’s game, you simply pick the winner, the round they win (or if it goes to a decision) and the method of finish whether it’s a knockout, TKO or decision. You get 50 points for picking the correct winner, 30 points for the correct round, another 30 points for guessing the correct method of finish (if you guess a decision and you are correct then you are awarded 60 points combining the correct method and round). Additionally, Sherdog gives you Boosts you can add to a fight. If you add a boost to a fight and you get it right you get an additional 100 points but if you guess it wrong the boost will subtract 50 points from your score. Hey, no risk no reward right? Sherdog’s method is pretty simple which is good for beginning players and people who just want to pick the winners of fights but there are other options for more seasoned fantasy players.
Www.Kountermove.com’s fantasy game most closely resembles what you would see in the typical NFL-style fantasy football game. First, you pick your team of five fighters spending up to a maximum of $25,000 in fake money much like an auction style draft in fantasy football. Scores are based on performance with first round finishes garnering 100 points for the winning fighter, 75 points for a second round finish and 50 points for a third through fifth round stoppages. Fighters also win 10 points for every round won for fights that go to a decision as long as 2 of the 3 judges render decisions (no draws). Additionally, points are awarded for significant strikes landed, takedowns, knockdowns, submission attempts, and dominant positions. After an event, the point totals for every team’s fighters are tallied and the person with the most points in the end wins. This version is a little more in depth than Sherdog’s and gives fighters points even if they don’t win because of the extra points for strikes and takedowns and such.
Many fantasy MMA sights give you the opportunity to win money as well. Kontermove along with, MMAplayground.com, myfantasymma.com and other sights have options available for those who want to maybe win a few bucks with their MMA knowledge.
There are plenty of options for people who want to play fantasy MMA an there are many different options as well. If you are a MMA novice or die-hard MMA fanatic, there is a fantasy game that suits you.