ROUND FOURTEEN 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 fourteen are available below.

14.1 Sam Cupitt: Stephan Bonnar

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), Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (round 12), and Yves Edwards (round 13)

Analysis: I’ll begin the 14th round by taking Stephan Bonnar. I’m aware I don’t have the most awesome roster of light heavyweights but it is interesting. I don’t mean interesting as in what your girlfriend calls your garage bands “art”, I mean interesting as in filled with fighters who are kind of “unknowns” talent-wise who have not reached their full potential. Stephan Bonnar falls into that category. Besides just being a likeable fan-friendly guy he’s also, in my opinion, just starting to come into his own as a fighter. Going into his fight on the Ultimate Fighter finale, he and Forrest Griffin were basically the same fighter. However since then Forrest moved on and got better training partners while Bonnar stayed in the same camp. This led to Griffin growing more as a fighter, which was evident in their clash at UFC 62. Bonnar has now moved to Vegas and trains in Xtreme Couture with Griffin which should lend itself to him improving his skills all round. I’m actually kind of surprised Bonnar fell to the 14th round considering how talented and how much of a fan favourite he is.

14.2 Sam Caplan: Frankie Edgar

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), Chris Horodecki (round 12), and Frank Trigg (round 13)

Analysis: I’m going to continue to build my lightweight division up with this pick, and as such, I am taking Frankie Edgar. Before his loss to Gray Maynard, a lot of people considered him a top ten lightweight. In spite of the loss to Maynard, he’s still top-ten caliber and will be a nice complement to Chris Horodecki. Edgar’s wrestling is excellent and his boxing skills are very underrated. Most of his fights have been very entertaining and I think the best is still yet to come from Frankie Edgar.

14.3 Matt Cava: Chael Sonnen

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), Tyson Griffin (round 12), and Chris Leben (round 13)

Analysis: I’ve liked this guy for a while, ever since he gave Babalu a hell of a fight a couple years ago in the UFC. Sonnen doesn’t get much main stream MMA coverage b/c he went the Bodog & WEC route instead of UFC, EXC. He can fight at 205 and 185, and is a solid performer out of Team Quest.

14.4 Ram Maramba: Mark Hunt

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), Joachim Hansen (round 12), and Ronaldo Souza (round 13)

Analysis: I was hoping everyone had forgotten about Mark Hunt, but all this talk on the comments about the big boy has me worried. I’m taking Hunt here to fill out my ironically slim heavyweight division. The K-1 GP champ has had an up and down MMA career but has earned wins against Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva, both admittedly much smaller fighters than the super heavyweight. Though imposing, the iron-chinned Hunt is physically unimpressive and sports a mediocre MMA record, but this is a guy who escaped an early Fedor armbar attempt into side control and controlled him for the majority of the 1st round of their PRIDE bout. I’ll even go one step further and claim that if Hunt had any idea how to sink in a tight keylock, the New Zealand kickboxer would have a submission win over the Sambo champ. Let that sink in.

Couture has had no problems fighting ogre-ish fighters before, he won’t think twice about accepting a fight with Hunt. The mantra is that styles make fights, and a bout between a world-class grappler and a world-class kickboxer is exactly what MMA is all about.

14.5 Mike Huckaby: Shane Carwin

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), Renato Sobral (round 12), and Roger Gracie (round 13)

Analysis: Carwin is often compared to top pick Brock Lesnar, even mentioned a couple of times by our own Sam Caplan. The undefeated former college wrestler and All-American football player is an undefeated 8-0 and unlike Lesnar he doesn’t have the years of failed moonsaults and Matt Hardy chairshots on his body. He also took to the sport more slowly and after some impressive wins gained the UFC’s notice as they signed him to a big contract. Shane Carwin might just be the top HW prospect in the world and I’m happy to take him this late.

14.6 Adam Morgan: Gina Carano

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), Thiago Alves (round 12),  and Karo Parisyan (round  13)

Analysis: While all these other characters in the draft are focused on drafting the big, bad men, somehow the world’s most marketable woman fighter has fallen all the way to the 15th round. With TV exposure from being on American Gladiators, an exciting fighting style, and most of all being extremely hot, Carano is the figurehead of women’s MMA. Whether or not she’s the best fighter in all of women’s MMA is still yet to be determined but she’s been marketed better than any other fighter in the division. Nobody has gone to the women yet, so I will. They’re always fun to watch and whether or not she is the best fighter, she’s the only woman fighter who matters in MMA right now. And I’ve got her.

16 COMMENTS
  • Clint Notestine says:

    WAR Mark Hunt. Your right if he knew anything about BJJ he would have beaten Fedor.

    Stephan Bonnar was always my favorite fighter out ofTUF 1 besides Nate Quarry.

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  • croyalporter says:

    …and Cava comes back ahead with a solid pick in Chael Sonnen, although I don’t know enough about Carwin to know how solid a pick that would be. However, I’m now starting to dig some on Ram’s bunch as he continues make solid pick after solid pick. Man, this is interesting!

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  • matt says:

    Why did Morgan waste his pick on Gina? Is he building up a stable of ring girls? That pick baffles me even with the explanation. Huck and Cava are on the right track methinks.

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  • Jeff L says:

    I still like Caplan’s all the way (minus what I think was a early take in Horodecki, but Trigg was a excellent choice and he has two VERY viable PPV divisions now). Morgans group is the definition of one dimensional and I still think you have to be kidding me with Slice/Rothwell as a HW marquee match. A one off, maybe, but then you have Big Ben with no one to fight (after he wins), and a discredited shell in Kimbo (who you took SECOND).

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  • Derek B. says:

    Adam you kidding us? Gina Carano?

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  • L Grant says:

    I don’t think female MMA will go very far. It’s kind of like the WNBA and the LPGA. No one cares! Ha!
    Seriously, Gina Carano is the wrong choice anyway, she doesn’t seem nearly as focused as a lot of the other girls out there.

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  • Caleb Newby says:

    If you are starting a new promotion from scratch and are looking for publicity and names so people care, I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone as well known as Gina at this point. In fact, if those were your criteria, she could have gone several rounds earlier. For the exposure you get with her I say getting her in round 14 is a steal.

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  • “comes back ahead with a solid pick in Chael Sonnen”

    That’s a sentence I never thought I’d read.

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  • 3D says:

    what about josh “the punk” thomson for the lw’s?

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  • Ram Maramba says:

    Funny that you guys are giving Morgan the business when he essentially has a better version of the second most successful North American promotion’s roster. He has three of EliteXC’s biggest names — Slice, Shields and Carano — but instead of Drew Fickett and Giant F’ing Silva to throw at them, he’s got GSP and Ben Rothwell. Honestly, as immature the watching public can be when it comes to female MMA, as long she looks good in a sports bra it really doesn’t matter who you put in front of Carano.

    If “realistic” is a word that can be used for this fantasy draft without the universe imploding, a case could be made that Morgan has the most viable roster because, you know, it already works in real life.

    In closing, my promotion would still totally teabag Morgan’s lame-o roster.

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  • Caleb Newby says:

    ^ What he said.

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  • SteveXtreme says:

    Huckaby, just to clear everything up it was a failed Shooting Star Press that Lesnar botched not a moonsault, but right on with the chair shots. Great pick though in Carwin. I think he will give other HW’s a run for there money and maybe even be champ in a year or two.

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  • mo says:

    it is hilarious how much people are all over the Gina Carano pick like it is that terrible, it may be a potential steal of the draft. Along with everything already said, the pick also pretty much guarantees Adam an entire division. Yes it may not be the most popular at this time, but I have to think no one else will draft a female MMA star because I think you would have trouble establishing a strong female division without a marketable star to fortify it. Thus Adam doesn’t have to draft anymore females and can pick up free agent females here and there without the other 6 organizations goingafter them. People bring up WNBA, but somebody still watches the league and buys it’s product. Adam basically owns an entire division now and that fan base (no matter how small it is) of female MMA fans, without sacrificing much. Very smart pick

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    I was thinking about taking Carano but then you know… I didn’t.

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  • Schlegel says:

    Great Pick Morgan with Carano, I hope to see you pick Julie kedzie up in the alst round so that we can see a rematch of a great bout with Carano. And of course there are several other great female fighters that you can throw in there to bring in viewers. I dont care what these other guys say, men like seeing two girls go at it, and when they are skilled as Gina and the other top female fighters it is well worth my dollar to watch.

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