Video: The Brit Pack United Nations Fantasy MMA Draft
The Brit Pack's Simon Head, MMA Junkie Radio's "Gorgeous" George Garcia & Brian "Goze" Garcia, and Phone Booth Fighting's Richard Hunter gather around the virtual table to draft their MMA rosters.
It’s Draft Week in Las Vegas as the NFL takes centre stage in Sin City for the 2022 NFL Draft, and here at The Brit Pack we didn’t want to be left out. So we decided to run a draft of our own.
We present The Brit Pack United Nations Fantasy MMA Draft, where four MMA podcasters, The Brit Pack’s Simon Head, MMA Junkie Radio’s “Gorgeous” George Garcia and Brian “Goze” Garcia, plus Phone Booth Fighting’s Richard Hunter, take turns to draft fighters from the UFC, Bellator and PFL to form an 11-athlete roster to compete through the remainder of 2022.
The rules were relatively simple. Draft one fighter for each weight class, from women’s strawweight all the way up to men’s heavyweight (with the exception of the women’s featherweight division, which we omitted due to a smaller talent pool). Once a player is picked, they are off the board and can’t be picked by anyone else.
In addition, each team must have at least one fighter from each of the major US-based organisations, UFC, Bellator and PFL. Also, each team can only carry one champion from the UFC or Bellator.
Throughout the year, we’ll keep track of each team’s performance throughout the year, using the same scoring system that we use for The Brit Pack’s Power Rankings (see below).
It was a fun hour as we ran through 11 rounds of drafting to set up our teams. But whose lineup will fare best? Let us know!
The Brit Pack United Nations Fantasy MMA scores are determined by an adaptation of the PFL's league scoring system.
Fight appearance: 1 point
Win (of any kind): 3 points
Additional bonus points for a finish:
Round 1 finish: 3 points
Round 2 finish: 2 points
Round 3-5 finish: 1 point
Championship bonus (for winning a title fight with any of the aforementioned promotions): 5 points
Here are the lineups for each team, listed in the order in which they were drafted. The numbers in brackets denote the fighter’s overall draft order.
Simon Head (@simonhead)
(1) Brendan Loughnane (featherweight, PFL)
(8) Amanda Nunes (women's bantamweight, UFC)
(9) Islam Makhachev (lightweight, UFC)
(16) Magomed Ankalaev (light heavyweight, UFC)
(17) Tom Aspinall (heavyweight, UFC)
(24) Raufeon Stots (interim bantamweight champion, Bellator)
(25) Joanna Jedrzejczyk (women's strawweight, UFC)
(32) Anatoly Tokov (middleweight, Bellator)
(33) Muhammad Mokaev (flyweight, UFC)
(40) Magomed Magomedkerimov (welterweight, PFL)
(41) Molly McCann (women's flyweight, UFC)
GORGEOUS GEORGE (@MMAjunkieGeorge)
(2) Chris Wade (featherweight, PFL)
(7) Valentina Shevchenko (women's flyweight champion, UFC)
(10) Zhang Weili (women's strawweight, UFC)
(15) Brandon Moreno (flyweight, UFC)
(18) TJ Dillashaw (bantamweight, UFC)
(23) Michael Page (welterweight, Bellator)
(26) Holly Holm (women's bantamweight, UFC)
(31) Ali Isaev (heavyweight, PFL)
(34) Corey Anderson (light heavyweight, Bellator)
(39) Anthony Pettis (lightweight, PFL)
(42) Marvin Vettori (middleweight, UFC)
RICHARD HUNTER (@RichardHunter)
(3) Kamaru Usman (welterweight champion, UFC)
(6) Stipe Miocic (heavyweight, UFC)
(11) Bryce Mitchell (featherweight, UFC)
(14) Michael Chandler (lightweight, UFC)
(19) Mackenzie Dern (women's strawweight, UFC)
(22) Sean Strickland (middleweight, UFC)
(27) Lauren Murphy (women's flyweight, UFC)
(30) Antonio Carlos Junior (light heavyweight, PFL)
(35) Magomed Magomedov (bantamweight, Bellator)
(38) Irena Aldana (women's bantamweight, UFC)
(43) Brandon Royval (flyweight, UFC)
(4) Ray Cooper III (welterweight, PFL)
(5) Jamahal Hill (light heavyweight, UFC)
(12) Derrick Lewis (heavyweight, UFC)
(13) Justin Gaethje (lightweight, UFC)
(20) Gegard Mousasi (middleweight champion, Bellator)
(21) Kai Kara-France (flyweight, UFC)
(28) Casey O'Neill (women's flyweight, UFC)
(29) Rob Font (bantamweight, UFC)
(36) Arnold Allen (featherweight, UFC)
(37) Ketlen Vieira (women's bantamweight, UFC)
(44) Angela Hill (women's strawweight, UFC)