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ELEVENTH ROUND of Five Ounces of Pain’s Fantasy MMA Mock Draft

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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.”

19 COMMENTS
  • Dan says:

    Adam Morgan, how about adding the Irish Hand Grenade to your stacked WW division?

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  • mmaguy says:

    mark hunt anyone?

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  • Patrick says:

    Surprised Lawler didn’t get picked up a round ago to be honest.

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  • jason hughes says:

    #2 i suggested hunt a week ago, i guess nobody wants a strong as hell heavywieht who was also a great k1 fighter and has a chin of iron, great hands and kicks and is hard to submit,maybe nobody wants a fighter from down under?

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  • L Grant says:

    I liked this round. Rothwell, Marquardt, Stevenson, Okami, and Lawler are all great picks. Especially this late. I’m VERY surprised Marquardt didn’t go earlier. I would love to see a rematch with Anderson Silva. He was winning the fight until the ref intervened with that bullshit stand up, which then led to Silva dominating on the feet.

    I’ve never seen Brian Stann. I haven’t even heard of him. So, I can’t judge this pick at all. But, if he’s a great fighter, and the promotion markets him properly, good for you.

    Personally, I would hold off on Hunt until the last possible moment. Which, from a HW perspective, could be right about now. Ha! There aren’t many marketable HW prospects left out there. But, Hunt would go just a bit above Kongo, Hardonk, or Assuerio Silva on my list.

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  • Reaser says:

    Stann and Stevenson are the picks of the round.

    Love the Stann pick, first time in a few rounds I’ve actually said nice pick when reading through…

    and Cupitt and Huck move even closer to the man at the top, Matty C, who had a pretty solid pick himself, but it wasn’t Stann or Stevenson…

    Someone please take Jacare and Maia, or at least watch one of their fights…

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  • Caleb Newby says:

    Wait. Stann is a Marine?

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Reaser-

    Because no one has picked Maia or Jacare you just assume that we haven’t seen their fights? Get real.

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  • Reaser says:

    #8, did I say that???

    I guess re-reading it could seem I implied that, but I was saying watch a fight of theirs, to refresh your memories or impressions of the two….

    and #7, thats classic…

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  • keenan says:

    hong man choi? people love to watch giant guys fight. anyone vs “the hong” is very easily marketed

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    Cupitt has won this walking away.

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Now now Jason. I am from “down under” and the only reason I haven’t chosen Mark Hunt is because I don’t need a 300 pound heavyweight. The reason I think others havent chosen him is because he is a superheavyweight right now and there’s no guarantee he can drop down to 265… or they just don’t want him.

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  • Matt C. says:

    I’ll admit I thought about taking Hunt… but there a few few other Heavy’s that I’d grab before him…though its getting close.

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  • Fight Fan says:

    Where is Mark Hunt from. NZ, Aust. or Samoa?.

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  • HexRei says:

    Fight Fan, Hunt is from New Zealand. Ethnically he is Samoan. He is not Australian at all, that rumor is probably a result of the similarity of Australian and NZ accents.

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    No the similarity is that any successful person from New Zealand becomes Australian by default. It’s how we do things down here…

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  • HexRei says:

    Well, polls have confirmed that I am one of only four Americans who can tell the difference between the way you talk anyway. So to the majority of us, it don’t even matter!

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  • jason hughes says:

    i am sorry , i new he was a kiwi, i just assumed that they too were from down under sorry.

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