For years, DraftKings and FanDuel was the only available MMA Daily Fantasy Sports experience. They used the same game mechanics for MMA as NFL, NBA, NHL, and other games. Those are team sports where winning is always based on a total score. In MMA, winning isn’t always based on a total score. It’s based on who wins by decision, knockout, or submission and that’s Verdict Tournaments.
Instead of trying to disguise MMA as a conventional sport, we built a Daily Fantasy Sports game that’s designed for MMA. Let’s compare Verdict Tournaments with DraftKings and FanDuel below.
What are Daily Fantasy Sports?
It’s first important to understand what Daily Fantasy Sports are. DFS is an accelerated variant of traditional fantasy sports that are conducted over short-term periods, such as a single day of competition, as opposed to those that are played across an entire season.
DraftKings’ MMA DFS Game is built for conventional sports
It’s common to hear someone saying that LeBron James dropped 25 points on the Pistons last night, but it’s not common to hear someone saying that Conor McGregor landed 25 significant strikes and had 3 reversals. The DFS game that DraftKings, FanDuel, Underdog Fantasy, and Prize Picks use for MMA is based entirely on player statistics. That’s fine for sports like basketball and football where those stats actually lead to the result of a winner and a loser, but that’s not the case in MMA. Statistics in MMA don’t lead to winners and losers and it doesn’t test your fight IQ.
Verdict Tournaments is built for MMA
Who’s going to win a fight and how? That’s what Verdict Tournaments is based on. MMA fans rarely discuss who they think is going to have more control time in a fight and who’s going to have more reversals. They talk about who they think is going to win a fight and the method of victory. On Verdict Tournaments, you pick the winner, the method, and the round if it’s knockout or submission, and then you boost each fight using the XP system. Those that have true fight IQ get rewarded in this game.
Your last chance to enter a DraftKings contest is before the first preliminary fight
The final cutoff time to enter a DraftKings contest is before the start of the first preliminary fight which is usually 3 hours before the start of the main card.
You have until the co-main event to enter Verdict Tournaments
There are Verdict Tournaments for the Co-Main Event / Main event only where you need to predict 2 fights along with Tournaments for main cards.