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March MMAdness: Selection Sunday

It's NCAA Selection Sunday 2009, and while everyone else is thinking about March Madness and putting together their NCAA brackets, I'm thinking about March MMAdness -- my own cockamamie idea for what would happen if we could have a 64-man open weight MMA tournament, with no respect for contractual limitations and no concerns that a winner would be unable to fight in the next round.

NCAA bracket 2012 is here.

Consider what you see here to be the MMA version of bracketology 101 -- how I'd seed a 64-man openweight tournament. Yes, I realize this idea is utterly ridiculous. I'm doing it anyway. The brackets are below.


East Region
1. Fedor Emelianenko vs. 16. Jon Fitch
8. Dan Henderson vs. 9. Renato Sobral
5. Fabricio Werdum vs. 12. Jon Jones
4. Chuck Liddell vs. 13. Demian Maia
6. Ben Rothwell vs. 11. Brandon Vera
3. Randy Couture vs. 14. Muhammed Lawal
7. Sergei Kharitonov vs. 10. Rich Franklin
2. Rashad Evans vs. 15. Antoni Hardonk


South Region
1. Frank Mir vs. 16. Travis Wiuff
8. Heath Herring vs. 9. Pedro Rizzo
5. Wanderlei Silva vs. 12. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
4. Cheick Kongo vs. 13. Matt Hamill
6. Tim Sylvia vs. 11. Tito Ortiz
3. Forrest Griffin vs. 14. Thiago Alves
7. Cain Velasquez vs. 10. Mark Hunt
2. Lyoto Machida vs. 15. Steve Cantwell


West Region
1. Josh Barnett vs. 16. Roger Gracie
8. Mauricio Rua vs. 9. Paul Buentello
5. Gabriel Gonzaga vs. 12. Brett Rogers
4. Alistair Overeem vs. 13. Vladimir Matyushenko
6. Keith Jardine vs. 11. Gegard Mousasi
3. Quinton Jackson vs. 14. Nate Marquardt
7. Aleksander Emelianenko vs. 10. Marcio Cruz
2. Anderson Silva vs. 15. Thales Leites

Midwest Region
1. Brock Lesnar vs. 16. Alexey Oleinik
8. Roy Nelson vs. 9. Jeff Monson
5. Junior Cigano dos Santos vs. 12. Georges St. Pierre
4. Shane Carwin vs. 13. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
6. Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic vs. 11. Semmy Schilt
3. Andrei Arlovski vs. 14. Yushin Okami
7. Antonio Silva vs. 10. Luis Cane
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. 15. Robbie Lawler