Fantasy sports have become big business here in the United States and they continue to gain popularity year in and year out. The newest evolution in fantasy sports is the development of daily fantasy competitions where participants draft a new team every week to compete against fellow fantasy fanatics. DraftKings has become one of the premier destinations for fantasy players looking to participate in daily competitions for cash.

While fantasy football, baseball, and basketball are the most popular fantasy sports out there DraftKings has recently added fantasy MMA as one of their offerings. It makes sense, even though the UFC’s viewership was down in 2014, the sport of MMA continues to be one of the fastest growing sports in the world and its global appeal is very enticing for businesses.

Fantasy MMA is a great way to cash in on a sport that has a young and rabidly passionate fanbase.

The Rules

For each contest participants will be given a $50,000 salary cap to select a five fighter lineup. The fighter pool will consist of all fighters expected to be competing in the upcoming event. Fighter salaries are determined by their past performances and they have nothing to do with what fighters are actually making.

The Scoring

Fighter score points in two ways. First there is move scoring; +0.5 for significant strikes, +1 for advancing position, +2 for takedowns, +2 for reversals or sweeps and +3 for knockdowns. The there are fight conclusion bonuses; +100 for a first round win, +70 for a second round win, +50 for a third round win, +40 for a fourth round win, +40 for a fifth-round win and +25 for a decision win. Fight scoring will be based on FightMetric statistical data.

How to Win

Winning is simple; put together a team of five fighters and score more points than everyone else in the competition.

Ready to play? Check out DraftKings and set your lineup.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.