I know it would be a lot of organizational work, but how about a 1vs1, where each player has to fight every other player? The better half of the players gets into the next round, the other half is dropped. That way, Cik does not have to be thrown out after the very first fight. He can have several of them and get thrown out after having been defeated by everybody else!
Also, for the next "Grand Melee": Why not make a game of SA, where the player with the most points wins? Maybe put some artificial limit on the available 'Mechs (e.g. no MKII before 15 minutes in the game). Or have a complete LMS game and let the gamemode decide, who wins.