Fantasy boxing, Glory, UFC available at Kountermove
June 02, 2015 3:05 AM
by Alan Berg
If you enjoy people getting punched or kicked in the face, this weekend is for you.
The weekend gets started Friday afternoon with the best kickboxing in the world, Glory 22: France, live on Spike TV. On Saturday UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1 and HBO Boxing has Miguel Cotto defending the middleweight title against Daniel Geale.
Let’s start by talking about boxing, which has some marquee fights the following weekend as well.
If you are looking for a fantasy game take a look at Kountermove.com, one of the few websites out there that offers fantasy boxing. At press time a game is not available but they have confirmed they will have one starting with Cotto-Geale. Here is a list of some of the fights they could use:
Saturday, June 6
NBC Premier Boxing Champions: Robert Guerrero vs. Aron Martinez
Friday, June 12
SPIKE Premier Boxing Champions: Erislandy Lara vs. Delvin Rodriguez
Saturday, June 13
HBO Boxing After Dark: Nicholas Walters vs. Miguel Marriaga
Showtime Championship Boxing: Deontay Wilder vs. Eric Molina
Saturday, June 20
NBC Premier Boxing Champions: Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter
BET Roc Nation Boxing: Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith
Golden Boy: David Lemieux vs. Hassan N’Dam (rumored to be on Fox Sports 1)
From this list here would be my suggestions (remember salaries unavailable at press time).
Miguel Cotto – This fight is a stepping stone meant to get Cotto to one of three fights: rematch with Floyd Mayweather, Canelo Alverez or Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Geale, you might remember, was a third round victim of GGG. This fight is way too important for Cotto to lose. He should be at his best. Projection: KO8. Other options: Deontay Wilder (KO2); Andre Ward (KO11); David Lemieux (KO8).
Diamonds in Rough
Shawn Porter – With his only loss to undefeated Kell Brook, Porter has enough game to give Adrien Broner fits. Broner looked terrible in his last fight against an outclassed John Molina, I don’t think he has truly recovered from his two knockdown loss to Marcos Maidana. Projection: UD12. Other options: Aron Martinez (UD12); Delvin Rodriguez (MD12).
UFC Fight Night takes place from New Orleans with the headliner No.13 ranked middleweight Tim Boetsch vs. future Hall of Famer Dan Henderson. Not the greatest card in my eyes, but for those who want to play a fantasy game, for this card Kountermove.com has games available.
Matt Mitrione ($5,200) – Mitrione has the strikes to end fights quickly. Three straight first round knockouts and I think Ben Rothwell will make it four in a row. Projection: KO1.
Diamonds in Rough
Francisco Rivera ($4,800) – In a pick’em fight against one of the best nicknames in MMA, Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres, Rivera in my eyes has just been the more impressive fighter, both guys are coming off two straight losses, but I look for Rivera to make a statement using his strikes to get to a submission victory. Projection: SUB3.
Derrick Lewis ($4,600) – How I can go against a guy nicknamed “The Savage” Shawn Jordan is beyond me. However Lewis was on a roll before getting caught against this week’s captain Mitrione. Jordan was also ko’d by Mitrione in one round. “The Black Beast” wins the standup battle and stops “The Savage.” Projection: KO2.
For those who haven’t watched yet, Glory is quickly becoming my favorite combat sport. Check out Spike this Friday afternoon to see what I mean. The card is stacked with a Lightweight Contender Tournament (4 fighters, winners fight each other, 1 left standing) that earns the winner a title shot.
Also on the card is heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi. That should be a firework display. Kountermove also offers a game for Glory but it also was not available at press time.
Zack Mwekassa – One of the biggest reasons I am such a Glory fan. Here is a quote from the KO artist: “I’ve been bitten by a deadly snake, I’ve been shot. I did not die. I was poisoned, but I did not die. Do you think I would fear human beings in the ring wearing gloves? I don’t think so.” Sorry, Carlos Brooks, could be a short night for you. Projection: KO1.
Rather than going with Diamonds in Rough this time, let me briefly tell you the key to Glory fantasy. You need to pick the right two fighters to make the Lightweight Final because they get two fights. Hopefully the fighter that loses the final can earn you enough points from the semifinal victory. I am going with Josh Jauncey and former Glory Lightweight Champ Davit Kiria. If you only choose one, go with Jauncey.
Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter: @vegasberserker Contact him at ABerg@GamingToday.com.