Ten rounds down and 10-12 more to go! That’s right, round 10 of Five Ounces of Pain’s first-ever Fantasy MMA Mock Draft is in the books.
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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.
The results to round ten are available below.
10.1 Sam Cupitt: Clay Guida
Previous Picks: Frank Shamrock (round 1), Tito Ortiz (round 2), and Gesias “JZ Calvan” Calvancante (round 3), Takanori Gomi (round 4), Roger Huerta (round 5), Kenny Florian (round 6), Cung Le (round 7), Michael Bisping (round 8 ), and Nate Diaz (round 9)
Analysis: My next pick is a bit iffy because I could probably pick him up in a few rounds time but what the hell. I’m going to take Clay Guida. The reason I am choosing him now is firstly, his relentless style always lends itself to exciting fights and secondly, he could probably fight at featherweight, but as a lightweight he provides good padding for the first round of my tournament and I was worried that if I didn’t pick him this round, Ram would wake up and realise he could utilize a number of smaller UFC lightweights as filler for his strange looking featherweight division.
10.2 Sam Caplan: Antonio Silva
Previous Picks: Brock Lesnar (round 1), Fedor Emelianenko (round 2) and Josh Barnett (round 3), Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (round 4), Brandon Vera (round 5), Dan Henderson (round 6), Rich Franklin (round 7), Jason “Mayhem” Miller (round 8 ), and Gabriel Gonzaga (round 9)
Analysis: This was not an easy pick because there’s another guy I really liked with this pick who I know won’t be around by the time I pick again in the eleventh round. The thing is, I think Silva still made have been available but based on his status as a young heavyweight, I didn’t want to take even the slightest risk.
Silva didn’t look all that great vs. Ricco Rodriguez during Street Certified this past February but his knees weren’t right and Rodriguez is a bad matchup for a lot of fighters. Junior will be back and will continue his ascension towards being a top ten heavyweight.
I really like Silva as a guy with an enormous amount of upside who could develop into great matchups for Brock Lesnar, Fedor Emelianenko, and Josh Barnett. In a strange twist of fate, last summer I wrote an article for FIGHT! magazine entitled “Five who could beat Fedor.” I not only have Fedor, but I have four of the five heavyweights I wrote about (Lesnar, Barnett, Silva and Gabriel Gonzaga).
10.3 Matt Cava: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Previous Picks: B.J. Penn (round 1), Anderson Silva (round 2) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (round 3), Jon Fitch (round 4), Matt Lindland (round 5), Sean Sherk (round 6), Paulo Filho (round 7), Aleksander Emelianenko (round 8 ), and Nick Diaz (round 9)
Analysis: The “African Assassin” isn’t getting much love from the UFC, but he will from my promotion. Incredible power and mad judo skills at 23 yrs old, I can build him up properly into a dominating force. A top 15 LHW on many rankings, he fits my roster nicely.
10.4 Ram Maramba: Vladimir Matyushenko
Previous Picks: Quinton Jackson (round 1), Randy Couture (round 2) and Urijah Faber (round 3), Keith Jardine (round 4), Kid Yamamoto (round 5), Lyoto Machida (round 6), Frank Mir (round 7), Gilbert Melendez (round 8 ), and Miguel Torres (round 9)
Analysis: I don’t need him but I’ll nab the most underrated LHW in the world right now, Vladimir Matyushenko. He won’t last much longer in the later rounds. Ranked number 8 by our own Sam Caplan, the former UFC fighter has dominated the IFL. Jamal Patterson gave him a 1st round battle in his last fight, but the 2nd round was all Matyushenko. The wrestling wizard would make for a hell of a matchup with Rampage in a Fight Fiesta title bout, granted he’s able to get past Machida. I think he’s better than Jardine and about on par with Machida, both of whom were drafted much higher, but I banked on my compadres missing the boat on the non-UFC LHW and I was right.
10.5 Mike Huckaby: Seregi Kharitonov
Previous Picks: Chuck Liddell (round 1), Forrest Griffin (round 2) and Wanderlei Silva (round 3), Andrei Arlovski (round 4), Mirko Cro Cop (round 5), Rashad Evans (round 6), Tim Sylvia (round 7), Fabricio Werdum (round 8 ), and Thiago Silva (round 9)
Analysis: Easy pick for me as Sergei is handily one of my favorite fighters of all-time. Sure he didn’t have a brilliant 06 but he still hasn’t hit the MMA prime years of about 29-33 so the future is looking good. You want to talk about a man? When he destroyed his shoulder against Alistair not only did he keep fighting for five minutes, not only did he eat punishment, but to get the fight to be stopped he actually turned his face into Overeem’s knees. That’s the manliest way to quit in the history of man. No Gabe Gonzaga turtling, no Bo Cantrell tap as you fall down. Nope, turn your face into the punishment. Sergei Kharitonov…. man.
10.6 Adam Morgan: Eddie Alvarez
Previous Picks: Georges St. Pierre (round 1), Kimbo Slice (round 2) and Jake Shields (round 3), Carlos Condit (round 4), Diego Sanchez (round 5), Matt Hughes (round 6), Josh Koscheck (round 7) , Shinya Aoki (round 8 ), and Matt Sera (round 9)
Analysis: I’ll take Eddie Alvarez, one of Philly’s finest MMA fighters. Alvarez is on the come up in the world of MMA and he is about as marketable as they come. He’s got the look, he’s got the skills, and with a recent victory in Japan over one of the world’s best lightweights in Andre Dida, he is completely legitimate. While Alvarez was severely outsized fighting at welterweight, lightweight seems to be the perfect class for him and he has looked very good in his last two outings. I may be overvaluing Alvarez at this spot, but with two East Coasters in the draft (Caplan and Cava) who have man-crushes on Alvarez, I figure I might as well reach out and grab him before they could. He’s a solid addition to my lightweight division.