HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: A detailed view of the UFC Championship belt prior to the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Thinking about giving Fantasy MMA a try, but you're not sure if fantasy MMA is as enjoyable a hobby as your other fantasy sports? Do you spend countless hours a week agonizing over your fantasy football lineup when you could be learning a new language? Why read the news when you can read NFL.com, Footballguys, or Fake Teams. Well you can do the same level of in-depth research to make your UFC fight picks and here are the resources to get you started.
Fantasy MMA Training Links
Dallas Winston’s Fight Dissection articles are clutch. The animated GIFs and technical analysis provides a rich context to understand the coming fights.
Sherdog’s Fight Finder is an amazing resource that lets you follow every fighter’s career, even The Gooch is listed on the fight finder.
Sherdog’s Main Card Previews, also the "Picking & Grinning" blog articles
Examples from the recent UFC on FOX 1
MMA Podcasts – listen to them at the gym, at the office, during your commute.
Bloody Elbow Radio.
Matt Bishop and crew break down the fights the Thursday before a UFC and then follow up with a Saturday night post-fight show. Make sure to post in their show thread posts on BloodyElbow.com
Sherdog Radio. Check out their pre-fight "Roundtable" podcasts the Friday before a UFC and their post-fight "Beatdown After the Bell" podcasts on Saturday night.
MMA Junkie Radio – especially of interest are the Thursday or Friday broadcasts when George and Goze have MMA oddsmaker Joey Odessa on to break down the coming fights.
Betting Lines / Odds –
Fighters that are –200 or bigger are usually good bets as high locks in your fantasy picks. Conversely if you are picking a big underdog, you may want to play it safe and make the ‘dog your 1 or 2 point lock.
Best Fight Odds aggregates the odds from multiple sites and lets you compare them side by side.