The staff of 5 Oz. of Pain is continuing to build their respective mock MMA promotions from the ground up. Below you can now see the results of round 20, and with just two rounds to go, we’re well past the ground part.
Before checking out round 20, you can view the previous draft results here.
Continue reading below for the results to round 20.
20.1 Sam Cupitt: Glover Teixeira
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), Tim Kennedy (round 15), Nate Quarry (round 16), Mitsuhiro Ishida (round 17), Josh Thomson (round 18), and Vitor Belfort (round 19)
Analysis: Okay we are down to the last three picks of this draft and I have a packed lightweight division, and a middleweight and light-heavyweight division filled with marketable stars and intriguing match-ups. The cupboard is still a little bare in the 205lbers however so I’m going to add a mover and shaker in the form of Glover Texeira. Texeira has a first round knockout victory over Sokoudjou in the WEC and he’s one of John Hackleman’s protoge’s from the Pit. The fact he trains out of the Pit with former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell could be used to drum up some sort of story of Tito Ortiz vs. the Liddell protege. All in all, Texeria is a very tough light-heavyweight prospect who puts on exciting fights.
20.2 Sam Caplan: Dave Herman
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), Ricardo Arona (round 15) Jake Rosholt (round 16), Paul Daley (round 17) , Jorge Masvidal (round 18), and Rafael Feijao (round 19)
Analysis: My marquee division is my heavyweight division, so what better way than to utilize a late round pick by taking a heavyweight prospect? A former wrestler at Indiana-Bloomington, it was Herman’s striking that surprised me when he defeated Mario Rinaldi during “EliteXC: Street Certified” this past February. Herman delivered some brutal knees that would have taken most fighters completely out of the fight. With a good ground game and evolving standup skills, I believe that the sky is the limit for “Pee Wee.”
20.3 Matt Cava: James Irvin
Previous Picks: B.J. Penn (round 1), Anderson Silva (round 2), 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), Jeff Monson (round 15), Demian Maia (round 16), Hermes Franca (round 17), Alistair Overeem (round 18), and James Irvin (round 19)
Analysis: Sandman has vicious KO power and a solid (14-4) record to back up his KO reputation. Exciting at 205, I’d like to see him cut to 185 lbs and make a serious run at that weight. T light-heavy or middle, Irvin has proven that he can end a fight at any time. Rather than go for a prospect this late in the draft, I’ll take yet another fighter that puts asses in seats.
20.4 Ram Maramba: Joe Lauzon
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), Jon Murphy (round 15), Yoshihiro Akiyama (round 16), Ricardo Almeida (round 17), Tatsuya Kawajiri (round 18), and Vitor Ribeiro (round 19)
Analysis: Drafts are supposed to be about prospects and no one’s hotter than Lauzon, even after his recent loss to Kenny Florian. He has the skills, heart and tenacity to hit it big time in the lightweight division and nabbing him in the 22nd is more than worth the flyer. He shown a maturing standup game, capitalzed by his KO of Jens Pulver in his UFC debut, a crafty grappling game and is studying under one of the greatest of all time, B.J. Penn. Matching him up with Kawajiri or Shaolin would be fireworks.
20.5 Mike Huckaby: Houston Alexander
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), Brett Rogers (round 15), Melvin Manhoef (round 16), Semmy Schilt (round 17), Pedro Rizzo (round 18), and Jeremy Williams (round 19)
Analysis: I was thinking about going for Masakatsu Ueda and throwing together a 135lb fight to lead the card but a couple of months ago Alexander would have went many many rounds before this. Yes, he got knocked funny by James Irvin but this is a guy in the last year or so that has taken out Keith Jardine and “super prospect” Jon Murphy. Two guys that went long ago. Plus Alexander adds yet another guy to my ranks with a similar style that will put on very entertaining fights that will bring casual fans out for blood.
20.6 Adam Morgan: Cheick Kongo
Previous Picks: Georges St. Pierre (round 1), Kimbo Slice (round 2), 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), Cain Velasquez (round 15), Tara LaRosa (round 16), Gray Maynard (round 17), Wagnney Fabiano (round 18), and “Razor” Rob McCullough (round 19)
Analysis: This tall kickboxing Frenchman is a welcome addition to my heavyweight division and brings a great striking game as well as an always improving grappling game to the cage. He may have just lost a close decision to Heath Herring but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his potential. Herring is a much more experienced opponent and Kongo took him the distance in a very close fight. He trains with Rampage and Juanito Ibarra which is always a plus, and has improved with every time out. Oh, he also owns a victory over one of Huckaby’s top five picks, Mirko Cro Cop, so he’s got that going for him. Kongo helps me round out my heavyweight division with legitimate developing talent.