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15.1 Adam Morgan: Cain Velasquez
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), Karo Parisyan (round 13), and Gina Carano (round 14)
Analysis: Adding another heavyweight prospect to my heavyweight division, I’ll take Cain Velasquez with my next pick. Velasquez was an All-American wrestler at Arizona State and has been training MMA with American Kickboxing Academy for the past two years. Those two things alone make him a fantastic heavyweight prospect and help me fill my ranks at heavyweight. We may not have the biggest heavyweight names in my organization but we are going to have some of the best young talent in the class. With Shane Carwin going in the last round, Velasquez was sure to go sooner than later so why not take him at this spot?
15.2 Mike Huckaby: Brett Rogers
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), Roger Gracie (round 13), and Shane Carwin (round 14)
Analysis: Yeah, you’re right Morgan. Velasquez probably wouldn’t have lasted much longer. In fact, for the third time since we started this, he was taken the pick before I would have taken him. I’ll be angry but I’ll move on. I’ll take EXC’s undefeated prospect Brett Rogers. I had a few choices here but I figure Rogers’ style fits in the best with most of my heavyweights. In fact Rogers fights Murphy on the EXC on CBS premiere and a big win there would only make this pick look that much better.
15.3 Ram Maramba: Jon Murphy
Previous Picks: Quinton Jackson (round 1), Randy Couture (round 2) , 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), Ronaldo Souza (round 13), and Mark Hunt (round 14)
Analysis: I’ll continue the string of green heavies and take my favorite of the bunch, Jon Murphy. My favorite for no other reason that he’s a heavyweight who doesn’t sport some high-brow wrestling pedigree, the heavy-handed Murphy is a true pitcher, not just a thrower. The former college linebacker has quick feet, a marketable personality and had an awesome ‘do up until a few months ago. His record isn’t as gaudy as the rest of the up-and-comers in his division, but he’ll get a chance to prove his mettle against the Huck’s most recent acquisition Brett Rogers on EliteXC’s CBS debut at the end of this month, settling who’s the legit prospect.
15.4 Matt Cava: Jeff Monson
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), Chris Leben (round 13), and Chael Sonnen (round 14)
Analysis: UFC 57 featured one of my all time favorite endings to an MMA bout: Monson’s North/South choke of Branden Lee Hinkle. One reason it’s my fav is that Hinkle’s eyes nearly popped out of his head, and the camera angle caught it so perfectly. The 2nd reason is that at BodogFIGHT in July ’07, I met BLH and can testify that he’s just about the biggest douche ever to strap on 4-6 Oz. gloves. Thinking about how Monson choked him out cold made me smile. The Snowman a good pick here b/c he knows how to win (24-7) and I’d love to put together a fight poster featuring Aleks vs Monson. We’d giveaway free tattoos to the first 2,000 through the gate.
15.5 Sam Caplan: Ricardo Arona
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), Frank Trigg (round 13), and Frankie Edgar (round 14)
Analysis: I’d really like to have another true light heavyweight on my roster, so I am going to go with the best 205 lbs. fighter still on the board, Ricardo Arona. The knock against Arona is that he doesn’t have the most entertaining fighting style in the world, but I really don’t care. I have plenty of exciting fighters. What I need right now is a credible 205 lbs. fighter to improve the depth in SAMMA’s light heavyweight division, and the former PRIDE standout clearly fits the bill.
15.6 Sam Cupitt: Tim Kennedy
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), Yves Edwards (round 13), and Stephan Bonnar (round 14)
Analysis: I am actually very surprised the rest of you haven’t taken Kennedy yet. Before his fight with Mayhem and just after his fight with Rivera you couldn’t go to Five Ounces without drowing in a sea of man love. Kennedy is a good addition to my middleweight division, as his military background lends itself to marketing and the fact that he’s an animal inside the ring/cage and he’s constantly improving. I’m sure that after a win or two in my organisation, Frank Shamrock could come out and disrespect the military and then we have ourselves a grudge match.