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

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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 twelve are available below.

12.1 Sam Cupitt: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

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), and Joe Stevenson (round 11)

Analysis: Before his shock knockout loss to Sokoudjou nearly all MMA sites had him listed in their top 10 light-heavyweights. Since that time he has posted a solid victory over Todd Gouwenberg in the HCF. Although he hasn’t experiences the same level of success as his brother, he possesses the same fighting qualities. He has very good hands and jiu jitsu which makes him a very interesting style match-up with my round 2 pick, Tito Ortiz. With a win in my first event, some Tito hype and a few references to his well established brother, a fight between these two could draw some very good numbers.

12.2 Sam Caplan: Chris Horodecki

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) , and Robbie Lawler (round 11)

Analysis: I really don’t understand how anyone can question my early draft strategy. It’s essential to have strong heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions and there isn’t an abundance of depth in either division. You look at the lighter weight divisions, and there’s more fighters than you can possibly draft. It’s a lot easier to go with the heavier weights first and build a lightweight division than it is to go with lighter weights and try and take your heavier weights later.

I’m pretty happy with my divisions at heavyweight, light heavyweight, and middleweight. Going forward, I’d like to complement those weight classes with an exciting lightweight division. And there aren’t many 155 lbs. fighters in the world right now that are more exciting than Chris Horodecki. His stock has dropped a little in his two most recent fights, but give the kid a break, he’s only 20-years old!

Horodecki’s standup is exciting and his ground game will continue to develop over time. Who’s to say he won’t be the top lightweight fighter in the world 3-4 years from now?

12.3 Matt Cava: Tyson Griffin

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), and Yushin Okami (round 11)

Analysis: Excellent picks of Horodecki, Lawler and Joe Daddy just before me; all 3 fighters were on my “next to pick” list. So the next horse in my stable is Tyson Griffin, who’s legs resemble a thoroughbred. This 155er is jacked up, owns a record of 11-1, and trains out of Xtreme Couture. On his way to those 11 wins, he’s beat up a few guys named Tavares, Guida, and Faber. Griffin’s wrestling background allows him to control his opponent and his conditioning allows him to go the distance. His decision loss to Edgar and his 3rd round TKO over Faber were two of the most exciting back and forth fights I have ever seen. Hardcore MMA fans love this kid.

12.4 Ram Maramba: Joachim Hansen

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), and Nathan Marquardt (round 11)

Analysis: I really wanted Eddie Alvarez at this spot, so I’ll take the guy who’s going destroy him at DREAM.3: Joachim Hansen. Hellboy is a natural 145er who’ll fit right into my featherweight tournament. Hansen is currently a top lightweight but is easily overlooked in the US, but this is the guy who handed Takanori Gomi his first career loss. He has also notched wins over JZ Calvan, Caol Uno and Yves Edwards and his losses are almost a who’s who of lightweights from the East. The high-level grappler with devastating knees is taking on an ex-welterweight in Alvarez and I expect him to come out on top.

Records are one thing, but watching this animal fight is another. His momentum-redirecting knee to Imanari’s dome is Hellboy’s most popular moment, but his KO of Caol Uno is even more impressive. Hansen was done grappling with Uno; he simply walked up, threw a standing knee and knocked him out. Done.

12.5 Mike Huckaby: Renato “Babalu” Sobral

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), and Brian Stann (round 11)

Analysis: As long as I don’t match him up with Liddell he should be okay. He’s safe to hire because David Heath is nowhere near good enough to make my team. Babalu has alot of fans, he has a cool name (I wish my name was Renato), and he has crazy submission skills. I openly welcome him to my very deep LHW division.

12.6 Adam Morgan: Thiago Alves

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), and Ben Rothwell (round 11)

Analysis: And of course, like I said, with these other guys in the draft being afraid to take welterweights because I have all the top caliber competition at the weight class, I’ll continue to add excitement and talent to the class by picking Thiago Alves. He has some of the best Muay Thai in the game and arguably the most brutal leg kicks in all of MMA. He’s young, he’s exciting, he trains with a well known and respected team, and he just put himself on the map at 170 by knocking Karo Parisyan flat on his ass. While I wanted to round out my lightweight class with these last two picks, I couldn’t pass up on Parisyan and Alves at these spots. If these other cats in the draft are too scared to draft welterweights because of a lack of competition, then I’ll be glad to take them off their hands.

14 COMMENTS
  • L Grant says:

    Finally someone nabbed Horodecki. It looks like Caplan has a good game plan after all. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a more exciting fighter with more potential than Horodecki. Another bonus, is that he could probably make 145 if you have a FW division.

    Babalu is a great choice too. I know he got a lot of flack for holding that choke, but (and maybe I’m just a prick) that kind of stuff is what makes me a fan of his. I enjoy seeing people fight with emotion, especiallly when they don’t lose their head.

    Rich Clementi beating Guillard, Nate Diaz over Pellegrino, and Quarry over Starnes were some of my favourite endings to fights. (Although the Diaz and Clementi fights were good for the duration, rather than just the end like Quarry).

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  • Grape Knee High says:

    I am amazed, let me repeat AMAZED, that Hidehiko Yoshida has not been taken yet. He is easily the most marketable MMA fighter in Japan, even if he is rather mediocre in terms of skill. How anyone can pick any of the unmarketable scrubs in the IFL over Yoshida is mind-boggling.

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  • Bad Monkey says:

    Fantasy sports is undoubtedly the lamest creation in the history of mankind.

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  • croyalporter says:

    Still like Cava’s the best. I understand Caplan’s strategy, and similar strategies have been followed by Cupitt, Huckaby, and Morgan, but I find that they are relatively unrealistic. I mean, yes, the WEC focuses on the lighter weightclasses, but they only did that when they were under the Zuffa fold. I’m not sure a start-up organization could just ignore 3/5 of the fighters out there.

    Having said all that, I do like Mike Huckaby’s roster of HW’s and LHW’s more than anybody else’s lopsided roster, and Morgan’s roster of WW’s and LW’s is better than Cupitt’s collection of LW’s.

    Some intruiging picks still out there though; I really liked Huckaby’s pick of Brian Stann in the 11th — he’s all kinds of marketable, and seems like a solid fighter too.

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    My preference would be to have three strong, viable divisions as opposed to just six mediocre ones. To me, there isn’t a lot of depth at heavyweight and light heavyweight, so I wanted to create a niche and identity for my promotion. If you’re following things, there still are some good lightweight fighters out there but there isn’t much left at heavyweight and light heavyweight. Don’t count me out yet — my lighter weight divisions still have a good chance to be better than the heavier divisions of some of these teams.

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  • Ram Maramba says:

    Yoshida? Really? A guy with a mediocre record and no name recognition in the US is a better bet than a high-profile fighter in a US-based league with a TV deal? Huh. I wouldn’t be surprised and almost expect the aging fighter to go undrafted. Sure he’s huge in Japan, but so are other guys with tons more skill than Yoshida. He’s a spectacle fighter, not much more. Put it this way: I just drafted a guy he BEAT and didn’t think twice about it…

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  • Reaser says:

    Ram had the best pick of the round…but if there was a championship JUST for this round I’de have gave it to Cava for post #4, classic….

    anyways…

    Cava still drafting the best with Huck and Cupitt still behind him…

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  • Grape Knee High says:

    “US-based league”?

    Never heard that mentioned before.

    Besides, then does that mean that no one should have taken Kimbo either because he’s a “spectacle” fighter? Yoshida is much more respected and popular in Japan than Kimbo could ever hope to be in the US.

    But, whatever. You boys have fun.

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  • Ram Maramba says:

    GKH:

    That’s all it is, just good fun. No one’s taking this too serious; about as serious as fantasy baseball and the like.

    The IFL is a US-based league. Any IFL scrub who’s fought on TV is exponentially more identifiable than Yoshida in the US. I say the US because, other than Cupitt, that’s where we are and my assumption is that’s the primary market this fantasy stuff is supposed to be targeting.

    Kimbo’s without a doubt a spectacle fighter, but as referenced above, he’s also American. In the assumed market, he has tons more value.

    No foul, dude. I didn’t mean for you to take your ball and go home, I was just being argumentative for the sake of argument. Warriorbattle.

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