The massive undertaking known as Five Ounces of Pain’s MMA Fantasy Mock Draft is starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Our six promotions continue this marathon of MMA promotion building for your amusement and your amusement only. Okay, that’s not true. We’re actually having fun with this. Maybe a little too much fun. Especially when you start freaking out because someone drafted your late round sleeper out from under you like Mike Huckaby did to me with his pick at 16.5.
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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 sixteen are available below.
16.1 Sam Cupitt: Nate Quarry
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), Stephan Bonnar (round 14), and Tim Kennedy (round 15)
Analysis: Just like Joe Stevenson, Quarry earns himself a spot in my promotion for humiliating a douche bag. Public service acts aside, Quarry also gains a spot in my organization because he’s a tough, talented and exciting fighter who has fan support wherever he goes. He just has that quality that makes you want to see him do well. Quarry provides a tough test for any fighter in the middleweight division and even though it was hard to gauge much improvement in his fight with Starnes, his stand-up did look a lot crisper. All in all, “Rock” is a very solid inclusion into my 185 lbs. division.
16.2 Sam Caplan: Jake Rosholt
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), Frankie Edgar (round 14), and Ricardo Arona (round 15)
Analysis: The picks of Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez, Brett Rogers and Jon Murphy inspired me to start thinking about the future of MMA. And when I looking into the future at 185 lbs., all I can see right now is Jake Rosholt. What about Anderson Silva, you ask? Well, who is left for him to fight at middleweight? Perhaps it could be Rosholt, the top unsigned prospect in all of MMA. The former NCAA champion wrestler is a perfect 4-0 since debuting in MMA and has drawn attention from all the major promotions such as the UFC, EliteXC, and the IFL.
I don’t think Rosholt is ready to compete with the cream of the crop in SAMMA’s middleweight division (i.e. Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Robbie Lawler, Frank Trigg, and Mayhem Miller) right now, which is why I’ll continue to let him hone his all-around MMA skills on the regional level. While SAMMA doesn’t have a minor league system, I will ink Rosholt to a limited non-exclusive that prevents him from competing with my direct competitors, but still allows him to fight outside of his contract for smaller promotions until we call him up.
16.3 Matt Cava: Demian Maia
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), Chael Sonnen (round 14), and Jeff Monson (round 15)
Analysis: Thanks to the other managers for letting this submission master fall to me. Already 7-0 in his young MMA career, Maia has fought twice in the UFC and twice has been awarded UFC Submission of the Night honors (putting Ed Herman to sleep via triangle at UFC 83 & making Ryan Jensen tap to an RNC at UFC 77). He is well decorated in the world of BJJ and has a ton of potential in MMA. In my fight league, it would be badass to build up Maia as the heir to Spider Silva’s throne. Although he’s known as a BJJ powerhouse, Maia also studies judo, kung fu and karate and even is has a journalism degree.
16.4 Ram Maramba: Yoshihiro Akiyama
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), Mark Hunt (round 14), and Jon Murphy (round 15)
Analysis:I had three middleweights targeted, and two of them were just taken. So with Rosholt and Maia off the board, I’ll go with a less sexy but more proven pick, Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Akiyama has had a controversial career since his lotion fiasco against Sakuraba, you can’t argue with the man’s skills. Aside from his 10-1 record, boasting victories over Kin Taiei and Melvin Manhoef, his vicious uppercut knockout of the highly-regarded Denis Kang last October served notice. Unfairly stigmatized due to a couple of controversial NCs, there’s no arguing Akiyama is a well-rounded, uber-strong middleweight who finishes fights in exciting fashion. Unlike Rosholt and Maia, Akiyama doesn’t fit the “hot prospect” profile because he’s already come through on his potential.
16.5 Mike Huckaby: Melvin Manhoef
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), Shane Carwin (round 14), and Brett Rogers (round 15)
Analysis: Anyone that knows me is not surprised by this as I have a bit of a crush on watching Melvin fight. I have a little handful of guys I still want to pick but I really have no idea in what order they’ll go to these maniacs. Melvin might have some problems on the ground but let us not forget I have potential matchups with Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, and Brian Stann for some slugfests. I’m smart enough not to put him in there with someone like Babalu. Melvin is always there for a good show and an exciting standup fight, something the fans of my organization demand.
16.6 Adam Morgan: Tara LaRosa
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), Gina Carano (round 14), and Cain Velasquez (round 15)
Analysis: Everyone wants to see Tara and Gina go at it to see who really is the best woman fighter in the world, so I am more than happy to give her that opportunity. After these ladies build up some wins in my organization and are marketed correctly, a superfight between the two will likely steal the show on a future pay per view. All of the top women fighters want a shot at Carano because she’s been marketed as the face of women’s MMA but hasn’t done a whole lot to get there and LaRosa in particular has been very vocal about this. She is the best woman fighter in the world right now also, which helps, because I now have the most marketable woman and the most talented woman in my organization. Think a fight between these two won’t sell? Think again.