Round 12 of 5 Oz. of Pain’s first-ever MMA Fantasy Mock Draft is now available by clicking at the bottom.
In case you’re new to the site , you can re-live the glory of the previous rounds.
- Click here for rounds 1 & 2
- click here for round 3
- click here for round 4
- click here for rounds 5 & 6
- click here for round 7
- click here for round 8
- click here for round 9
- click here for round 10
- click here for round 11
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.