The 5 Oz. of Pain MMA Fantasy Mock Draft was going along swimmingly until we hit round 21. Looking to jazz it up, two of the mock promoters made unconventional picks, prompting an uproar from a rival promoter.
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The results to round twenty-one are available below.
21.1 Adam Morgan: Paul Buentello
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), “Razor” Rob McCullough (round 19), and Cheick Kongo (round 20)
Analysis: Not only does Buentello never disappoint as far as exciting fights go (he either KO’s someone or gets KO’d himself) but he has also previously called out my number two pick, Kimbo Slice. A fight between those two has the potential to be absolute fireworks and I’m more than willing to put an exciting fight like that on for the fans. Buentello may not be one of the best heavyweights in the world but that’s fine with me because he brings excitement and gives the fans what they want to see.
21.2 Mike Huckaby: Wilson Gouveia
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), Jeremy Williams (round 19), and Houston Alexander (round 20)
Analysis: I had six people left on my draft board for this pick as my final pick has already been chosen for next round. Gouveia is not the best fighter I could have taken. Gouveia is not the most exciting fighter I could have taken. I have a guy with a longer winning streak, a better background, and more proven success. But I take Gouveia. Why? Four straight UFC wins and more importantly he trains at one of the two best MMA academies, ATT. He’ll get another win next week to make it five straight and after that comeback win over Lambert he’s going into the top 10 whether you currently have him there or not. Gouveia’s leg kicks are simply disgusting and he’s showed knockout poor to go with a good ground game. This was a smart pick, not a fun pick.
21.3 Ram Maramba: Jamie Varner
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), Vitor Ribeiro (round 19), and Joe Lauzon (round 20)
Analysis: Another guy who’s unfairly underrated, Jamie Varner. The WEC lightweight champ is always fun to watch and showed recently his whole game is dangerous. A known wrestler and grappler who’s won most of his bouts via submission, Varner has won his last two fights via TKO in dramatic fashion. In his WEC debut, Varner manhandled Sherone Leggett before ending the fight with punches then went on to claim the lightweight belt by outstriking and knocking out world-class kickboxer Rob McCullough. He’s the whole package and his post-fight celebrations are legendary. His victory worm is the best dance this side of Chad Johnson, a wide receiver for the rapidly declining Cincinnati Bengals.
21.4 Matt Cava: Denis Kang
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), Marcus Aurelio (round 19) , and James Irvin (round 20)
Analysis: I wanted to take Kang earlier but his recent loss soured me. Still he’s a highly marketable fighter at 185 and his next win will be the 30th of this career. And did I mention I love fighters out of ATT?
21.5 Sam Caplan: Kurt Angle
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), Rafael Feijao (round 19), and Dave Herman (round 20)
Analysis: It’s the 21st round of a 22nd draft and you simply can’t get main eventers this late. Right? Wrong, because I just drafted one in Kurt Angle. Granted, at the age of 40 and with no MMA matches to his credit, his shelf-life in MMA isn’t likely to be very long. However, if the money is right, he will fight. And if he fights for anyone, it will be for SAMMA in a pay-per-view extravaganza against Brock Lesnar. Some people will pan this week, but there are many people who would pay good money to see Angle step into an MMA cage and throw down for real. With the money I would make for the Lesnar vs. Angle PPV, I could go out and sign more fighters. And I could use all of the exposure that the show will bring to help make my other fighters into house hold names. They’ll pay to see Angle, but they will also see Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko, Brandon Vera, etc.
21.6 Sam Cupitt: Kazushi Sakuraba
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), Vitor Belfort (round 19), and Glover Teixeira (round 20)
Analysis: Okay… last two picks. Gotta do something big…
I feel it would be a travesty if no one picked the aging magician, Kazushi Sakuraba so I am going to do just that.
Caplan just mentioned how we aren’t meant to be able to pick up main-event fighters in these last rounds but it appears I have found one too. The only difference being my pick isn’t a gobshite. Sakuraba is an MMA legend and although age and match-ups with younger and larger men have weakened him he is still active and competing. Many of you think “the Gracie Hunter” should retire but if he still has the will to compete who are we to say otherwise? Hasn’t he earned the right to decide when he wants to retire?
Putting Sakuraba in with today’s up and coming middleweight superstars isn’t something I plan on doing however. I hate seeing Sakuraba pounded on as much as the rest of you but there are a couple of match-ups for him that can take place inside the NOT SAMMA that are main-event quality. Sakuraba and Frank Shamrock is a fight that has some intrigue but even more so is a bout between he and my final pick.