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

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Round 13 of 5 Oz. of Pain’s first-ever MMA Fantasy Mock Draft is now available by clicking 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.

The results to round thirteen are available below.

13.1 Adam Morgan: Karo Parisyan

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), Eddie Alvarez (round 10), Ben Rothwell (round 11), and Thiago Alves (round 12)

Analysis: Yeah, he just got beat by Thiago Alves but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still one of the most exciting welterweights in the world. While he does seem to have trouble finishing fights, that doesn’t mean that they’re boring in the least. And since I seem to have cornered the market on the welterweight division and have the strongest division of any promotion in this draft, I’ll continue to make it better with top caliber talent. Karo knows how to talk enough garbage to hype a fight, he has the best Judo for MMA, and he always brings it during his fights. One loss to another top caliber opponent doesn’t drop him down too far in my book and I am always looking to add talent to my outstanding division. The other guys in this draft may have the flashiest names, but you can’t deny that my welterweight division is the strongest division in this draft.

13.2 Mike Huckaby: Roger Gracie

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) , Seregi Kharitonov (round 10), Brian Stann (round 11), and Renato Sobral (round 12)

Analysis: I’ll take the first man in ADCC history to submit all eight of his opponents. He might only be 1-0 but when I force him to compete four times a year that record will go up very quickly. This move adds yet another prospect to my ranks and this pick will only look better year after year.

13.3 Ram Maramba: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

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), Nathan Marquardt (round 11), and Joachim Hansen (round 12)

Analysis: I’ll go with Ronaldo Jacare. Did I mention I like grapplers? Jacare’s made a smooth transition from BJJ player to MMA professional, albeit in smaller shows. Still, he’s already an underground sensation among the hardcore who’s won eight straight fights after struggling in his debut. The physical specimen is as impressive to watch as his record would suggest; all he needs is a quality middleweight to prove he’s ready to move up a step. Enter Marquardt, who’ll be a great test of who’s BJJ adaptation works better in the fight game. Not in the UFC because of supposed “crazy” money demands, even with his scant experience Jacare is considered to be one of the few valid threats in existence to Anderson Silva. Watch one of his fights on your video site of choice and become a believer.

13.4 Matt Cava: Chris Leben

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), Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (round 10), Yushin Okami (round 11), and Tyson Griffin (round 12)

Analysis: I’m playing it safe this round and picking up a 18-4 fighter that can get the crowd on its feet. The managers around me have done a real good job of sniping some quality names the last few picks. Instead of trying to get cute, by picking Leben I know I can secure my 185 lb division with a heavy handed fighter that won’t back down from anybody.

13.5 Sam Caplan: Frank Trigg

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), Antonio Silva (round 10) , Robbie Lawler (round 11), and Chris Horodecki (round 12)

Analysis: To me, Frank Trigg is a top ten middleweight and there have been a few middleweights that aren’t top ten fighters that have been drafted ahead of Trigg. But Trigg is more than just a good fighter who gained tremendous notoriety for his feud with Matt Hughes, as he is also very charismatic. I think he’ll fit in perfectly with a SAMMA middleweight division that includes Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and Robbie Lawler.

13.6 Sam Cupitt: Yves Edwards

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), Clay Guida (round 10), Joe Stevenson (round 11), and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (round 12)

Analysis: Edwards in my mind should have been the UFC lightweight champion. If the UFC had decided to make his fight with Josh Thomson a title match rather than removing the division from the face of the earth he would have been. Since that time he went through a bit of lean period, which included a three fight losing streak and losing via triangle/armbar to kickboxer, Mark Hominick, which is like losing to Pete Spratt via armbar (I’m looking at you Zach Light). However he has since snapped that and is now on a three fight winning streak. He will be fighting K.J. Noons for the EliteXC lightweight championship soon and I am picking him to pull out the victory. I am under no illusion that Edwards will win the tournament, but he will definitley excite some people while he is in it. The guy has one of the best highlight reels in MMA behind probably Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.

20 COMMENTS
  • Reaser says:

    Back to back rounds Ram pulls off the best pick…

    Finally someone takes Jacare…Here’s hoping Maia gets picked soon also…

    Huck, Cupitt and Cava with solid choices…

    Cava’s still leading but I have a feeling Ram could make a late round comeback and come out with the best roster, but there’s also Huck and Cupitt hanging around also…

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  • dedstrk says:

    I love the Jacare and Leben picks. I’m surprised it took this long for either to go off the board. Leben may not be the best fighter but like Cava stated he’s an exciting fighter and is very charismatic. Oh, and he loves to fight.

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    One thing that surprises me is that nobody has gone for a straight win-the-Japanese-market gameplan.

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  • Evan says:

    “One thing that surprises me is that nobody has gone for a straight win-the-Japanese-market gameplan.”

    can money be made there with anything besides a gate?

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    Can money be made in the US with anything besides a gate? None of these guys are gonna be the UFC.

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  • Reaser says:

    I believe this is draft is for a US based promotion…otherwise some of the picks wouldn’t make much sense at all….and they would have already drafted guys that are like “gods” in Japan…

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    Not the case, Reaser. And they’re taking plenty of fighters from the Japanese promotions, so they’ve been dissolved too. No, I think it just didn’t occur to anybody to try and take Japan.

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  • Reaser says:

    #7, these guys aren’t idiots…

    What do you mean not the case? Read back at some of their posts in the comment’s section on past rounds of this draft. They are US based, so most likely they are running US based organizations, they are drafting based for promoting their athletes in the US for the most part. Otherwise why would Kimbo go second round if they were running a promotion in Japan?

    If that were the case they might as well have picked Bob Sapp 1st round…If they were doing this for “taking” Japan they would have already picked Sakuraba, Hidehiko Yoshida, hell someone would have already taken Bobby Ologun for the new years show…

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    Japan is a declining market for MMA right now. Not to mention, the PPV system over there isn’t what it is over here. The revenue model in Japan is too dependent on deals with network TV. If I was going to attempt to conquer a market, it would be North America before anything else. But that’s just me. And as far as trying to conquer multiple markets at once, I’d rather have a foothold in one area of the globe before I expand into other areas. Again, that’s just me.

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  • Reaser says:

    Or at least 3 of the 4….

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  • Patrick says:

    Glad Yves Edwards got picked up, that bunny hop knee still cracks me up.

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  • croyalporter says:

    Huckaby may have just pulled ahead of Cava with the Gracie pick. Leben doesn’t seem to fit in with the other fighters he’s already selected. Most of his picks are highly skilled and versatile, while Leben, although I enjoy watching him, is a pretty straightforward brawler. I haven’t read the next round yet, so we’ll see if Cava can make up for a fairly mediocre pick for his org.

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    Umm, Reaser, they wouldn’t draft Kimbo second if they were gonna run their promotion in Japan. They’d draft a fighter with pull in Japan. Thats the whole point. There were no rules stating they had to run their shows in the US.

    Sam, I think even with the downturn in the Japanese market, it would be a better bet than competing against 5 other similar promotions in the US market. But your mileage may vary.

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    Knowing what I know about Japanese culture and its feeling about outside entities doing business in their country, as a U.S.-based company, I would never try to start an MMA company in Japan. I would also be very cautious about expanding operations into that market, unless it was a perfect situation and I knew there was the potential for my promotion to be embraced by the Japanese MMA community. If your promotion is labeled as being gaijin, then you’re dead on arrival in Japan.

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    Sam, is there any requirement it be a US-based company? I was thinking something like a Japanese company with a single gaijin as chair or ceo or some such thing. Obviously its a risk, but it strikes me as less a risk than having 6 promotions all in the US.

    Of course, now we’re getting into the nitty gritty. It just really surprises me that everybody thought that competing with one another for the US market was a better plan than attacking different markets.

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    There were no requirements. It was on everyone to develop their own strategy and figure out how they would attack the market. For me though, I’m American. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing business in Japan if they were more receptive to outside business interests, but they aren’t. If I was Japanese, perhaps I would have had a different strategy considering Japan would have them also been an option for me.

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  • Reaser says:

    #13, Please comprehend what I write before trying to “correct” me…

    No one here is trying to run an organization (fantasy) in Japan…That’s fairly obvious, so what are you even talking about???

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