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MMA Meets Fantasy Football-Style Gameplay in New MMA Salary Cap Challenge

Posted 11:30 AM
Washington, DC – For the first time in fantasy sports history, fans can play a game that brings the excitement of fantasy football to the fastest-growing sport in the world. FightMetric®, the official statistics provider of the UFC®, announced today the launch of the first-ever statistics-based MMA fantasy sports game, called MMA Salary Cap Challenge. The game is available at www.mmasalarycap.com where fans can now make their picks for UFC 136 taking place this Saturday, October 8th.

“As MMA continues its maturation as a sport, FightMetric is proud to bring to it the same features that fans are used to enjoying in sports like football and baseball,” said company founder, Rami Genauer. “FightMetric was the first to bring comprehensive statistics and analysis to the sport and we are now the first to bring true fantasy gaming to mixed martial arts. Unlike existing MMA games that only use results, like winner and method of victory, MMA Salary Cap Challenge is a full, statistics-based game similar to fantasy football and baseball.”

The game works just like other salary cap style fantasy games. Players are given a budget for each MMA event to spend on the fighters competing on the televised portion. To make fantasy gaming work properly with the unique nature of MMA, the game contains two innovative features:
  • Players can purchase multiple “units” of fighters to fill their roster. This adds a layer of strategy while ensuring that every player’s picks are different, despite choosing from only 10 available fighters.
  • The scoring categories in the game are all rate statistics, like Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM). This is necessary to reward and avoid penalizing fighters who finish their fights quickly in favor of fighters who rack up high volume numbers simply by fighting longer.
“This game is the product of more than two years of research and user testing,” Genauer said. “As the official statistics provider of the UFC, FightMetric was uniquely positioned to analyze its vast database of statistics in search of fantasy game models that really work for MMA. And like all the best games, MMA Salary Cap Challenge takes only a minute to learn, but has enough strategy and depth to keep players coming back event after event. “

MMA Salary Cap Challenge is free to play at www.mmasalarycap.com and is currently in open beta.

For more information about FightMetric please visit www.fightmetric.com or email info@fightmetric.com.

About FightMetric, LLC
Started in 2007, FightMetric® is the world’s only comprehensive mixed martial arts statistics and analysis provider, and is the official statistics provider of the UFC®. FightMetric counts among its clients some of the largest media companies in the world, including ESPN, Aol, and Rogers Sportsnet. The company provides data and fantasy services, along with cutting edge research aimed at advancing the sport of MMA. FightMetric is based in Washington, DC.

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