Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES on Versus, to be held Sunday March 21, 2010. For each major MMA event, we'll feature a roundtable discussion of the fights, including Madness Levels and Predictions for each and every fight on the card.
This roundtable features madmen Randy Rowles, Johnny Nguyen, Josh King, Brian Palmer and Bill Lauterwasser.
Madness Levels are in parenthesis. They indicate the level of excitement a staff member has for a fight based on a scale of 1 to 10. The numbers in brackets beside the fighters' names indicate how many staff members picked the respective fighters to win.
FIGHTER A [number of predictions to win] vs. FIGHTER B [same]
STAFF MEMBER - (Madness Level on scale of 1-10) Discussion. Prediction
JASON BRILZ  vs. ERIC SCHAFER 
RANDY ROWLES – (6 out of 10) Brilz is a beast, but Schafer has the jiu jitsu chops to get the job done. Eric Schafer by Submission in Round 2
JOHNNY NGUYEN – (4) I’m gonna pick Schafer in this one, his ground game is very underrated. Eric Schafer by Submission in Round 2
JOSH KING – (2) GINGERS DO HAVE SOULS!!! Eric Schafer by Unanimous Decision
BRIAN PALMER – (4) I’m gonna go with Brilz in this one. Jason Brilz by KO in Round 2
BILL LAUTERWASSER - (5) I see wrestling playing the major role in who wins this fight, either Schafer by Sub from bottom or Brilz via Decision. Eric Schafer by Submission in Round 2
JULIO PAULINO  vs. MIKE PIERCE 
ROWLES – (4) Paulino packs a mean punch, and Pierce will likely be finding that out the hard way. Julio Paulino by KO in Round 1
NGUYEN – (3) Well, with Julio's track record, I’m gonna say Julio Paulino by TKO in Round 1
KING – (2) Mike Pierce has really impressed me. He should take this. Mike Pierce by Unanimous Decision
PALMER – (2) Julio has heavy hands and that’s gonna be the difference! Julio Paulino by KO in Round 1
LAUTERWASSER - (3) Both seem to be KO/TKO artists but Paulino has the reach advantage(?) which should play in his favor. Otherwise Pierce will win by Decision. Mike Pierce by Unanimous Decision
CHASE GORMLEY  vs. BRENDAN SCHAUB 
ROWLES – (6) This is a hard fight to call. I’m going with the superior athleticism of Schaub to win out in the end. Brendan Schaub by Unanimous Decision
NGUYEN – (5) This should be back and forth action. I’m gonna pick Brendan Schaub by TKO in Round 1
KING – (4) Gormley went to school in Montana and he seems legit. This is a semi-homer pick. Chase Gormley by TKO in Round 1
PALMER – (7) Chase beat one of my fellow Marinoble men. He's very underrated and will overpower Brendan. Chase Gormley by GnP KO in Round 3
LAUTERWASSER - (4) I feel Brendan Schaub will have a motivational advantage which could lead to a KO/TKO, although anything can happen and Gormley could get a KO. Brendan Schaub by KO in Round 3