We’re now into the middle rounds of the first-ever 5 Oz. of Pain Fantasy MMA Mock Draft. These are the rounds where the men will separate themselves from the girls.
Will Adam Morgan finally draft some decent competition for Kimbo Slice? Will Matt Cava continue to make crowd pleasing picks? There’s only one way to find out, which is to click below.
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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 eleven are available below.
11.1 Adam Morgan: Ben Rothwell
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 ), Matt Sera (round 9), and Eddie Alvarez (round 10)
Analysis: “Who’s Kimbo going to fight? Who’s Kimbo going to fight?” Ben Rothwell. He has done nothing but destroy all the competition that’s been put in front of him and poses a stiff test for Kimbo Slice down the line. He finishes fights, is an exciting fighter, gets spit on by Ricco Rodriguez and isn’t phased, and he trains with one of the best teams in the world at Miletich Fighting Systems. He’s ranked in the top ten heavyweights by several different sites and is possibly the best top tier heavyweight left in the draft. You wanted Kimbo’s competition? Now you got him.
11.2 Mike Huckaby: Brian Stann
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 ), Thiago Silva (round 9) , and Seregi Kharitonov (round 10)
Analysis: Again, I probably could have gotten him in another round or two but like with Thiago Silva I wanted to guarantee he’d still be around. Did you know he was a Marine? I know the purpose of this draft isn’t to break news but I feel everyone should know this. He’s a great story and will get me alot of press, not to mention how he’s kind of undefeated and a WEC champion at such a young age. These are the rounds in the draft where you need to grab nuggets like this if you want to be victorious. I want to be victorious. Oh, in case I didn’t mention it, he’s a Marine.
11.3 Ram Maramba: Nathan Marquardt
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 ), Miguel Torres (round 9), Vladimir Matyushenko (round 10)
Analysis: Time to start building up a complementary division; I’ll start it off with Nate Marquardt. I’ve got a weak spot for grapplers and this guy is pretty kickass. He’s had a storied career to this point, notching some wins against some huge names. Surprisingly, he just turned 29 on 4/20 (aka “Josh Howard Day”) and has tons of tread left on the tires. Most people remember Marquardt from his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 73, obscuring the fact the Greg Jackson product has a complete MMA game. After a harsh lesson against the all-world middleweight, he’s a more mature, aggressive fighter and it’s only a matter of time before he again challenges for the top spot.
11.4 Matt Cava: Yushin Okami
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 ), Nick Diaz (round 9), and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (round 10)
Analysis: In the UFC, Okami is likely the next to challenge Silva’s dominance. So it’s fitting that I pick him up here. Okami fits in well with the “just win, baby” mentality of my draft as he’s 24-4 overall, 6-1 in the UFC. He’s got 6+ years of fighting ahead of him (only 26 yrs old) and can be a a rock in the MW division of the NCWA.
11.5 Sam Caplan: Robbie Lawler
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 ), Gabriel Gonzaga (round 9), and Antonio Silva (round 10)
Analysis: Wow, remember that guy I talked about not being able to take in the tenth round and my fear he’d be gone by my next pick? Well, I just got the guy. Lawler may not be the most outspoken guy in the world, but his heavy hands do plenty of talking. He’s not going to do much self-promotion, but he has a crowd pleasing fighting style that will be easy to market in a SAMMA middleweight division that already includes Dan Henderson, Mayhem Miller and Rich Franklin.
I really can’t believe Lawler dropped this far. To me, a draft can only be lost in the early rounds — it cannot be won. However, you can win in the later rounds and with picks like Mayhem, Franklin, Henderson, Silva, Gonzaga, and now Lawler, I am really doing some damage.
11.6 Sam Cupitt: Joe Stevenson
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 ), Nate Diaz (round 9), and Clay Guida (round 10)
Analysis: Sure he just came off a pretty devastating loss to B.J. Penn but he’s still ranked by many as a top 10 lightweight and he’s also an Ultimate Fighter winner which means he has name value for my organization. Joe handles himself very well in interviews and is generally just a likeable human being. He also choked out Melvin Guillard so this is me saying “thanks.”