MMA Draft: Picking the Top 32 Franchise Fighters in the Sport Today

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MMA Draft: Picking the Top 32 Franchise Fighters in the Sport Today
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Looks like draft fever is spreading across the Bleacher Report horizon. 

I heard the NFL section is doing it now, too. What's that about? I don't know, man. And to be honest I don't want to know. All I know is, it's a good and comforting thing that we fight fans will always hold claim to the very best, very most important draft in all of sports: the MMA draft.

For formality's sake, let's run through the ground rules. Thirty-two picks. Every active fighter, weight class and promotion are eligible.

Most importantly, keep in mind that the goal is not just to rank the 32 best fighters. We're thinking about the future here. We want to identify those fighters around which one could build a promotion or training team (toward the end of the round, it's more like all-stars and major contributors, but still). So we're basing this on track record, ability, age, health, and character and other intangibles.

If you're interested, last year's draft is here. But now is not the time to look back. Everyone's in their finery. The cameras are rolling. And with the first pick in the 2013 MMA draft, I hereby select...

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