In the immortal words of Mike Goldberg, “IT IS ALL OVER!” That’s right, this is the final round of 5 Oz. of Pain’s first-ever MMA Fantasy Mock Draft.
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The results to round twenty-two are available below.
22.1 Sam Cupitt: Rickson Gracie
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), Glover Teixeira (round 20) , and Kazushi Sakuraba (round 21)
Analysis: My final pick for this tournament is the mysterious BJJ phenom, Rickson Gracie. Sure he’s 50 this year and hasn’t fought since 2000 but late last year he stated his desire to return to the ring which is enough of a reason for me to be able to pick him for this draft.
A fight between Kazushi Sakuraba and Rickson Gracie could very easily get me a foothold in the Japanese market. I would easily sell out the Saitama Super Arena with this fight and with Tito Ortiz or Frank Shamrock on the card I could sell a very decent amount of PPVs. I’m aware Rickson won’t come cheap but hell I think I’d pick up more than enough revenue in Japan to cover his paycheck.
That’s it from me. Feel free to chastise me in the comments section.
22.2 Sam Caplan: Bobby Lashley
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), Dave Herman (round 20), and Kurt Angle (round 21)
Analysis: Wow, my last pick. I think I am going to shed a tear. This draft has been going on so long that I think I still had hair when we started.
I gave a lot of consideration to Andre Gusmao with this pick but I elected to take my second pro wrestler (or third, depending on how you feel about Brock Lesnar) instead. Unlike Kurt Angle, Lashley has spent significant time training MMA. His amateur wrestling credentials are also no joke as well. Not to mention he’s a great athlete that already is known to many in the combat sports mainstream.
Angle’s shelf-life might be limited in MMA, but I am a big believer in Lashley. If he decides to train full-time, I think a lot of people are going to be shocked by how far he can go in this sport. He’s a great pick with upside for my heavyweight division.
22.3 Matt Cava: Jens Pulver
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) , James Irvin (round 20) , and Denis Kang (round 21)
Analysis: You guys are making it too easy for the 5 Oz. readers to love my draft picks. In there late rounds, when some are going with huge names from other sports and others picking B level fighters, you’ve left me with an obvious crowd pleaser for my last pick. Pulver excites crowds, gives great interviews and can knock dudes the f*@k out. He’s at the end of his career, but grabbing him in round 22, if he gives me one or two fights I’ll be happy.
22.4 Ram Maramba: Wilson Reis
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), Joe Lauzon (round 20) , and Jamie Varner (round 21)
Analysis: I was going to try and fit in with my compatriots and come up with some wheels-off pick, but I couldn’t pull the trigger on Genki Sudo or Ramon Dekkers. I was going to go with Rumina Sato, but I need a 135 lber to pair up with my other Torres so I’ll go with someone near and dear to our fearless leader’s heart: Wilson Reis. Not much of a track record on Reis, but if you watch his fights on YouTube or any of his grappling matches you’ll quickly see what a stud this guy is. The guy is a .50 cal in .22 brass. Good on the ground and crazy athletic, I have no doubt he’ll give any of the other 135ers on my roster a run for their money.
22.5 Mike Huckaby: Dong Sik Yoon
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), Houston Alexander (round 20) , and Wilson Gouveia (round 21)
Analysis: I had several guys to choose from. Exciting fighters, fighters that would make the purists fap with joy, and fighters that would be cute names to wrap it up. But I’m sticking with what I do and filling out a fun roster. Yoon has shown more improvement in this game than any other single fighter I can think of. He went from getting absolutely demolished by Saku in his opening MMA fight to losing a closer decision to staying very strong and not getting beat up by Rampage all in three fights. After his 0-4 start he’s put together nothing but wins and continues to look brighter and brighter with each and every fight. Yoon is using his judo brilliantly and has developed an even greater ground game now. At the rate of improvement he’s showing he could well be beating Anderson Silva in 5 seconds within 10 fights.
22.6 Adam Morgan: Marcelo Garcia
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), Cheick Kongo (round 20), and Paul Buentello (round 21)
Analysis: The world’s best pound for pound grappler is still left in the very last round at the very last pick? They usually call this pick Mr. Irrelevant in the NFL Draft, but Garcia is anything but. He’s 0-1 in MMA due to a nasty cut that took place during the fight but you can’t deny Marcelo’s potential. He’s won multiple world championships in BJJ, back-to-back-to-back Abu Dhabi Championships in his weight class, and has submitted a who’s who of the MMA and grappling world in the process. Shinya Aoki, Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, Mike Fowler, Kurt Pellegrino, Gabriel Gonzaga, Renzo Gracie, and the list goes on and on.
He needs work on his overall MMA game and that’s why he’s teamed up with arguably the best camp in the world, American Top Team. With the best arm drags in the business and a slew of nasty jiu jitsu tricks up his sleeve, Garcia is one of the best prospects in all of mixed martial arts. To think that the other promoters slept on a talent like Garcia is a little surprising to me, but I will gladly take him with my last pick.