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ROUNDS 5 & 6 of Five Ounces of Pain’s Fantasy MMA Mock Draft

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And the rounds keep coming! 5 Oz. of Pain’s first-ever Fantasy MMA Mock Draft is rolling on and rounds 5 and 6 are now in the books. You can check it out by clicking the link at the bottom.

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To make a long story short, this is not a pound-for-pound top fighter list. What we’re doing is essentially pretending that every fighter in the world is suddenly declared a free agent with six new organizations selecting talent through a draft format.

The idea is to see how six different fans would construct their organization and which fighters they would select to help them execute their vision. Much like real world MMA, every promoter has their different philosophy with each organization establishing its own identity.

To see who the staff drafted in the fifth and sixth round, just click below.

ROUND 5 -

5.1 Adam Morgan: Diego Sanchez

Previous Picks: Georges St. Pierre (round 1), Kimbo Slice (round 2) and Jake Shields (round 3), and Carlos Condit (round 4)

Analysis: Sanchez dropped decision losses to both Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch last year but has since rebounded and looked like an absolute animal against David Bielkheden. Even if Sanchez will never be at the top of the welterweight heap because of his size disadvantage, he is a name that a lot of fans known and love and he has the talent to give top level competition a run for their money. Every great division needs a great gatekeeper and for me, that fighter is Diego Sanchez. With built in popularity, an aggressive style people love, and legitimate skills, Sanchez is a steal for me in the fifth.

5.2 Mike Huckaby: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

Previous Picks: Chuck Liddell (round 1), Forrest Griffin (round 2) and Wanderlei Silva (round 3), and Andrei Arlovski (round 4)

Analysis: Mirko Cro Cop. Arlovski vs Cro Cop. Mmmhmm. You can judge him based on his sad UFC fights or you can remember the times he was clobbering Wanderlei, Josh Barnett, Aleks, and Herring into the hospital. Cro Cop puts on a show and wants a standup fight, plus he matches up well with alot of the other guys I’ve taken. Maybe I’ll have to bribe him to drop to 205 or maybe, just maybe, my LHW class is 210lbs. It’s my league, I’ll do what I want.

5.3 Ram Maramba: Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto

Previous Picks: Quinton Jackson (round 1), Randy Couture (round 2) and Urijah Faber (round 3), and Keith Jardine (round 4)

Analysis: This is more like it, some snap to these picks.

While Huckaby is mining through Eastern Europe for washed up fighters to reform, I’ll go waaay little in the far east: Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. The dynamo was last seen fighting at bantam but has bulked up as high as the 150’s on a regular basis. Featherweight should be no problem for him, setting up a fight Faber has been vocal about in the past. A bout between the two would pit arguably two of the top-10 P-4-P fighters in the world. Kid may not be a household name in the US, but he’s got skills and the highlight reel to change that in a heartbeat. The nice thing about 145 is the ability for guys at lightweight or bantamweight to move down or up with ease. This flexibility opens up a lot of nice matchups once these fighters are actually consolidated under one banner.

By the way, big props to Morgan for nabbing Condit. I was hoping he’d fall to the 7th or 8th round, but he still represents a nice value in the 5th. Already having TV exposure in the U.S. is a huge plus.

5.4 Matt Cava: Matt Lindland

Previous Picks: B.J. Penn (round 1), Anderson Silva (round 2) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (round 3), and Jon Fitch (round 4)

Analysis: The Law is another veteran on my roster that won’t back down from a challenge. This pick allows me to build towards a huge middleweight title fight against Spider Silva. And since Lindland is such a gamer, he might even move up in weight to beat up fighters at 205. It’s true that he may have only 3-4 fights left at age 38, but I thats OK. This pick of Lindland serves a dual purpose: a name the hardcore fans can respect and utilizing Team Quest as a “farm system” for my league. His leadership of Team Quest means that the National Chainlink Warrior Alliance will have a strong crop of young talent to build upon. Plus Lindland is prob the ugliest guy anyone could pick, I could spin that a killer marketing campaign.

5.5 Sam Caplan: Brandon Vera

Previous Picks: Brock Lesnar (round 1), Fedor Emelianenko (round 2) and Josh Barnett (round 3), and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (round 4)

Analysis: Man, do I continue to build up my heavyweight division or start to build on top of Shogun and start to establish my light heabyweight division? I know, I’ll help myself in both divisions and draft Brandon Vera.

Much like Shogun, a lot of people have soured on Vera based solely on one performance. How soon we forget about the guy who made headlines after calling out Chuck Liddell following his first UFC win. And how soon we forget about the guy who invited an entire arena to his wedding in Vegas following his second-ever UFC win? What I can’t get over is how many people forget about the guy who ran his record to 8-0 after demolishing former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir in just 1:09 of round 1 at UFC 65.

Vera had so much momentum behind him before his contract dispute and lackluster showing vs. Tim Sylvia at UFC 77. After the win over Mir, he was positioned to become the kind of breakout star that the UFC has had trouble developing. With an impressive win over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 85 in June, he can regain a lot of the steam that he lost.
To me, Vera is the total package; he’s versatile (can compete at heavyweight and light heavyweight); he’s charismatic (c’mon, who calls out Liddell after one fight!?); he’s strong on the ground even though we haven’t had a chance to see it (he has a wrestling background and is a brown belt under Lloyd Irvin); and his Muay Thai is very crowd pleasing.

Wow, did a I just land one of the biggest steals in the draft? Hey guys, thanks for the gift!

5.6 Sam Cupitt: Roger Huerta

Previous Picks: Frank Shamrock (round 1), Tito Ortiz (round 2), and Gesias “JZ Calvan” Calvancante (round 3), and Takanori Gomi (round 4)

Analysis: Kudos for nabbing Vera Caplan but yeah I didn’t need him. I am going to continue to populate my lightweight tournament.

I choose you… Roger Huerta!

I just lost a lot of man points with that Pokemon reference but anyway, I’m taking Huerta because he’s a recognisable face (the only fighter to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine) and he’s siimply a bad ass exciting fighter. He was victorious in two “fight of the year” candidates last year and he’s not too hard on the eyes if you’re one of the women folk. I’m kinda surprised none of my other writers picked up on Huerta. He has the backing of the UFC’s mighty marketing department and is soon to appear in the Tekken movie meaning he is quickly becoming a superstar in MMA. With the right draw in my lightweight tournament, Huerta could quickly become the face of my organisation.

ROUND 6 -

6.1 Sam Cupitt: Kenny Florian

Previous Picks: Frank Shamrock (round 1), Tito Ortiz (round 2), and Gesias “JZ Calvan” Calvancante (round 3), Takanori Gomi (round 4) , and Roger Huerta (round 5)

Analysis: Florian has the “Ultimate Fighter” notoriety as well as the exciting fighting style. He is also a fan favourite and provides a very good interview, meaning he can help to put my promotion in a good light in outside interviews as well as selling his fights to the public. For the most part though he’s simply a top 10-15 lightweight that provides an exciting fight each and every time he steps in the cage.

Florian is the fourth inclusion into my lightweight tournament. Even in its current state I doubt any MMA fan would pass up on my organization’s first event.

6.2 Sam Caplan: Dan Henderson

Previous Picks: Brock Lesnar (round 1), Fedor Emelianenko (round 2) and Josh Barnett (round 3), Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (round 4) , and Brandon Vera (round 5)

Analysis: What’s the old, annoying NFL Draft cliche’ where a team says, “We wanted this guy in round X so we couldn’t believe when he was there for us in round Y!” It’s such a played out phrase but it really does apply here because I have been considering Henderson for several rounds now. He doesn’t really fit into my heavyweight strategy, but he’s just too good to pass up this late.

I don’t have much of a middleweight division, but that’s quite alright because he’ll fit right in at light heavyweight with Shogun and possibly even Vera. Needless to say, I’m pretty happy with this pick and I have some interesting plans for rounds seven and eight.

6.3 Matt Cava: Sean Sherk

Previous Picks: B.J. Penn (round 1), Anderson Silva (round 2) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (round 3), Jon Fitch (round 4) , and Matt Lindland (round 5)

Analysis: Steroid allegations or not, there is no reason Sherk should have slipped this far down the draft board. Caplan made a good snag of Vera, and with Cupitt and Morgan loading up on 155ers, they would have surely grabbed Sherk if I passed on him here. Obviously adding Sean Sherk to my roster gives me a built in rivalry with B.J. Penn and another hard-nosed workhorse star in my stable.

6.4 Ram Maramba: Lyoto Machida

Previous Picks: Quinton Jackson (round 1), Randy Couture (round 2) and Urijah Faber (round 3), Keith Jardine (round 4), and Kid Yamamoto (round 5)

Analysis: I’m really kicking myself for overlooking Vera. Leave it to Caplan to find a versatile fighter who can fight in two classes that are quickly thinning out. The obvious focus on the big boys is making me wonder if I could’ve waited on Faber until the later rounds. The lightweights are really moving now, including my sleeper pick Huerta, but there’s a much deeper pool to pick from in the lighter classes.Like pass-rushers in football and true post players in basketball, LHW and HW seem to be getting higher marks because of the position they play. It hurt to pick Jardine in the 4th round, but if he had been taken I wouldn’t have been left with much.

Why is why I’m glad Lyoto Machida made it through to the 6th. I’m taking the uber-skilled LHW who’s unfairly been labeled a boring fighter. Regardless of how he gets there, he’s good at the foundation of any success: he wins, a lot. The fans at Deluxe Fight Fiesta events are of a higher brow, appreciating “The Dragon’s” unpredictable striking and top-notch ground game. Having two quality LHW opponents on the roster is a must with Rampage at the top of the food chain.

6.5 Mike Huckaby: Rashad Evans

Previous Picks: Chuck Liddell (round 1), Forrest Griffin (round 2) and Wanderlei Silva (round 3), Andrei Arlovski (round 4), and Mirko Cro Cop (round 5)

Analysis: REALLY RAM!? REALLY!? Sure this has nothing to do with like eight straight commenters saying they were shocked no one had taken Machida yet? Then you just magically take Machida with the next pick? What am I saying? I think you’re a publicity hound PUPPET. A PUPPET I say. You’re trying to gain personal favor and frankly it disgusts me. Anyway, I’m taking Rashad Evans. Someone with a better name than Machida, a better record than Machida, a better draw than Machida, and a fight with Tito Ortiz on his record. He’s an awesome addition to my LHW division and will be for years to come.

6.6 Adam Morgan: Matt Hughes

Previous Picks: Georges St. Pierre (round 1), Kimbo Slice (round 2) and Jake Shields (round 3), Carlos Condit (round 4), and Diego Sanchez (round 5)

Analysis: Hughes falls to me in round six? You’re kidding, right? I’ll take him at this spot for sure. What a value. Hughes adds even more depth to my already strong welterweight division and provides me with a fighter with an already established name and fanbase. Hughes has dominated the welterweight division in MMA for a long, long time and is arguably the best welterweight to ever step into the cage. The fact that he’s fallen all the way to round six is surprising to me, but I’ll take it. He’s a great fighter, a great name, and love him or hate him, he sells pay-per-views.

28 COMMENTS
  • saerbarnet says:

    Aren’t you overrating Hughes a bit? He’s said himself he only has a few fights left in him so there should be better picks to get (atleast for the long run)

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  • jay kay says:

    Are you kidding me? nobody has drafted paulo filho yet and drafting Matt lindland before him, how weak is that?

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  • HighFreq says:

    Where’s Rich Franklin? Is everyone abandoning the middle weight division. The only one really grabbing up middle weights is Cava, and I understand not taking Rich when you have Anderson Silva, but Rich is marketable, he wins, and can be the cornerstone of any middleweight division that doesn’t have Anderson Silva.

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  • L Grant says:

    Wow, Cava has an amazing roster. With a HW addition in the next round, maybe Gonzaga or Mir, or Werdum if he hasn’t been chosen, for a fight with Nog, he’ll have an incredible fight card lined up.

    BJ Penn can fight at LW or WW. So a Fitch vs Penn match could be made. He’s got Silva vs Lindland for the undisputed number 1 at MW, then Nog vs Whomever at HW, and it’ll be a sweet card.

    Caplan is making some waves too. Vera really put it over for me. I don’t know why he wasn’t snatched up in the 1st or 2nd rounds.
    IMO Vera is going to be the next great fighter. There’s no shame in a loss to Sylvia (who should have been chosen by now too, even though he’s boring and ugly).

    Cupitt with the No Name Mixed Martial Arts Academy or NNMMAA is making one of the best fight cards of all time right now. A kick ass LW tourney with a Shamrock vs Ortiz super fight as a headliner.

    (BTW what did you decide on for the name Cupitt?)

    Ram, and Morgan….less than impressive. I had high hopes with the Rampage and Couture picks, but then came Jardine…ouch. Same with the Diego and Hughes choices.

    Huckaby has card of dream fights…3 years ago. Wanderlei and Chuck…that should have happened so long ago, and although it was cool when it finally did happen, it had lost a lot of luster. Cro-Cop and Arlovski should have happened when AA was the champ and looking like a monster with the one punch KOs. I have no idea what’s going on with choosing Griffin and Rashad.

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    As of now I haven’t decided on a name. I liked the Extreme Grappling Organisation for a name but I need a name like the Bee Sharps… one that’s funny when you first hear it but gets less and less funny the more times you do.

    What about the TBD.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Do people not understand that I am building a legitimate welterweight division here?

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  • Ram Maramba says:

    Welterweight yes, legitimate no…ooooh…
    *snaps three times, does sassy neck move*

    Looks like you drafted guys that fit two descriptions: GSP has beat, GSP will beat…daaaaamn…
    *points to Jesus, does worm without cardboard*

    You so ugly, when you threw a boomerang it refused to come back…
    *bows to applause from crowd, clearly recognizing Morgan got served*

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  • SteveXtreme says:

    I think Mr. Caplan has the most exciting HW division if not the best division period. Brock Lesnar vs. any of his potential HW’s are dream matchup’s for me. And Brandon Vera c’mon, how much better can it get?… Oh, throw Henderson in the bunch well there you go.

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  • Could someone explain all of the Brandon Vera love? Because all I’ve seen him do in 18 months is get held against a cage.

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  • Ram Maramba says:

    It’s easy to forget what a dynamic, well-rounded fighter Vera is after getting pinned by Big Ugly for 15 minutes. He’s similar to Arlovski in that he’s got that excitement in him, we’re jsut waiting for both of them to show it again. Vera’s got the excuse of being small for HW, Arlovski looks like someone’s shining a flashlight in his eyes…

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  • Huckaby says:

    He beat like Justin Eilers, Assuerio Silva, and an out of shape and career wrecked Frank Mir. I’m not saying anything negative, just that he’s truly yet to prove anything at all. I think that year of contract negotiations really inflated him somehow.

    I’m not saying he can’t be fantastic, just that he hasn’t done anything yet to be top 10 in either of the weight classes he says he’ll be champion in.

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  • Ram Maramba says:

    I think he’s definitely top 10 at HW and would be a LHW, but that may be saying more about the rest of the field than him. The layoff more than anything made the “hot prospect” label a bit stale, but realistically that’s what he is. He’s show glimpses of being an awesome fighter, now he’s got to prove he’s not a flash in the pan. The other HWs out there haven’t even shown that glimpse, giving him a leg up…

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  • Ram Maramba says:

    In full disclosure, he’s also a Filipino brother so I may be a bit biased…mabuhay!

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  • L Grant says:

    I’m thinking everyone who doubts Vera will be eating crow pretty soon.

    His loss to Sylvia sucked, but, Vera came off a crazy long absense, what was it, a year? More? I think I read somewhere he broke his hand in the first round too. Sylvia is a tough fight for anyone. I think he’d have managed to get the decision on Nog if he had fought a little more conservatively.

    Either way, I’d take Vera over Lesnar, Kimbo, or Arlovski. I still think the number 1 HW pick would be Couture, he’s a freak of nature and has name recognition. After that Nog based on skill, then Fedor or Vera.

    I still think Cava has the most talent on his roster. BJ Penn, Anderson Silva, Nog, Fitch, and Lindland. That’s just a list of pure skill. Sherk is the wild card, but with his record he looks like a solid pick.

    Cupitt, you’re gonna have to figure something out pretty quick. How many rounds can this draft go?

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  • recently.reaped says:

    To Me Cava has the best picks thus far, he’s been picking solid fighters and if he can get 1-2 more solid picks in each division he’ll have some great matchups, fill the undercard with hungry up and comers and he’s set for several fight cards. Once one or two competing orgs fall due to a lack of draw (Ram and Morgan come to mind) he can fill out his org very nicely.
    He’s got 2 of the top 5 LW’s thus kinda diminishing Cuppitt’s LW tourney, the top 185 and a top 4 with Lihnland, a top 3 HW and a top 4 WW in Fitch.
    Cava has the every division save LHW taken care off. maybe he should have a LHW tourney with young fighters as most of the LHW’s are gone.. save for a rusty arona who isn’t a huge draw anyways. (oh and a few sleepers I won’t mention to spoil anyones picks)

    Caplan’s picks beyond overreaching for Brock Lesnar in the 1st looks very solid too IMO. Looks like he’s concentrating on the big boys.. that could work or it may backfire. He’s definitely got the name recognition to draw in a crowd, but the HW division is so hard to stock, can this org keeps it’s inital momentum?

    Even without BJ and Sherk, I’m liking Cupitt’s idea of a LW tourny. He’s got 4 stars, fill it out with 4 solid unknown’s and he’s got himself a tourney. Now it’s time for him to concentrate on the other weight classes.

    Question for Huckaby.. who’s your start performer in 2-3 years? Jardine? Evans? YAWN. Cro-Cop may have totally lost it, AA is gunshy since getting KTFO’d by Tim Sylvia twice and Wand and Chuck are about done. I like your picks for now, but not down the road. (harsh I know)

    forgot to add, I’m loving the whole process, keep it up guys!

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  • Derek B. says:

    Is this mostly UFC and WEC picks?

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  • Buddha says:

    Diego is a solid pick, not a steal though.

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  • Huckaby says:

    For the record I think we decided to do this for a full fight card (16? 18?). Initially I think it was 6-8 and that kind of screwed me as I was trying to get all one division and be cute and now I have to adapt.

    And yes, some of my guys are aging. In fact I wanted Liddell/Couture as my first two and missed by one pick. I plan to make a shit ton of money off the bat and then pick up peoples from the other teams when they fail to generate revenue. Hmm, I think I’m thinking too much.

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  • Ram Maramba says:

    In defense of the Deluxe Tribute Fight Fiesta MMA franchise, I know Jardine and Machida are not glitzy picks but they are indisputably top-10 LHWs and perfect mice for the big snake I have as a top attraction: Rampage. What good is he if he doesn’t have any decent competition? To sell fights all I need are one marquee name and an opponent who isn’t a can. Hence Rampage vs. either one, Couture vs. Mir and Faber vs. Kid. If either one actually beats Rampage, which isn’t far-flung by any stretch, it’s a win-win for me.

    With Liddell, Silva and Shogun already off the board, the pickings after Jardine and Machida were slim to none. With them in the fold, I can now pursue more glam fighters who can fill the arena…

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  • jason hughes says:

    #14 how can you take nog over fedor based on skill, have you not seen fedor smash nog for 2 fights and basically a third fight before the ref called a nc, where have you been the last five years?

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  • Reaser says:

    Cava’s dominating this draft….still….

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  • L Grant says:

    #20 – Where’s Fedor been the last 2 years? I’m just saying I’d take Nog, based purely on his skill. I would take Fedor after Nog, not because he hasn’t beat him, and not because he probably wouldn’t beat him again, but simply because it’d be harder to deal with his management, I don’t think Americans would identify with him as well as they would with Nog, and I’m not sure how Fedor would do in a cage, and we’ve seen Nog be successful in the cage.
    Again, I’m just stating who I’d pick and why. It may not be the way you’d do it, or anyone else.

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