Guys, I've got a few emails about this, and yet no one has responded to the thread...In general I get the idea people are a bit confused by the concept, so I'll try to run you through the basics...
First, the league is based on a video game. It's a text based game featuring
over 200 real fighters, rated in several different skill attributes such as
strength, speed, punches, kicks, takedowns, submissions, toughness...you get
the point. By rating the fighters as accurately as possible, they will
perform in the game quite similar to their real life counterpart.
Occassionally something strange and unbeleivable might happen, but most of
the time the results of the fights are pretty realistic and beleivable...
Anyway, each league member has a team of 5 fighters. Fights are simulated
each month, on average each fighter will fight once per month. Due to
tournaments and chance, it's possible for a fighter NOT to fight in a month,
or to fight several times, but in the end the leaguewide average is that
each fighter will fight appx 1 time per month.
At the end of each month, I will go in and make changes to the ratings,
based on real life MMA results for that month. For instance, just yesterday
I did the ratings changes based on January's MMA results. Frank Mir is a
good example, since his fight seemed to prove a lot. His conditioning rating
took a serious dip, however his punching, kicking, and ground striking
ratings went up as the beating he put on Sims showed us that Mir has some
skills we hadn't seen before.
There really is no 'point' to the league, other than to enjoy watching the
league and the fighters develop, trying to build a winning team, and winning
some cool prizes for free.
We do all sorts of interesting fight cards...we started out with 8 man
tournaments to determine the individual champion for each weight class. Each
month we usually have a handful of random matchups (within each weight
class), and then a couple cards of special matchups, usually with some theme
or idea. For instance last month's special event was a team vs team
tournament, each team of 5 fighters faced off against another team's 5