Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for WEC 48: ALDO VS FABER, to be held Saturday April 24, 2010 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. The event will air live on PPV and will feature 2 title fights.
For each major MMA event, we feature a roundtable discussion of the fights, including Predictions and Madness Levels. This roundtable features madmen Brian Palmer, Randy Rowles, Johnny Nguyen, Eric Van Den Haas and Josh King. The Madman Prediction Championship, currently held by Van Den Haas, will not be defended again until UFC 113, where he'll go head-to-head with UFC 112 Madman Prediction Contest winner Eric Yeates. Brian Palmer was the winner of our last roundtable for Strikeforce: Nashville.
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.
TYLER TONER  vs. BRANDON VISHER 
Average Madness Level (1-10): 4.4
BRIAN PALMER – (6) Should be a good prospect vs prospect match up! I see a war going back and fourth! Tyler Toner by Decision
RANDY ROWLES – (5) These two were originally supposed to fight at WEC 45, but Toner was denied a license by the NSAC for poor vision. This only delayed the inevitable. Brandon Visher by Unanimous Decision
JOHNNY NGUYEN – (3) I don’t really know these fighters too much, but I’m gonna go with Brandon Visher by Decision
ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (6) I'm looking forward to a stand-up battle between two guys with only one loss between them in 23 fights. Toner is making his WEC debut and The Viper is undefeated so...Brandon Visher by TKO in Round 2
JOSH KING – (2) Two guys I'm only vaguely familiar with, so I ran it through my super secret simulator and got Tyler Toner by TKO Round 3
TAKEYA MIZUGAKI  vs. RANI YAHYA 
Average Madness Level (1-10): 6.8
PALMER – (5) Which Yahya will show? Rani Yahya by Submission Round 2
ROWLES – (9) Yahya is one of my favorite fighters and Mizugaki is a warrior. This should be an awesome fight! Rani Yahya by Submission in Round 3
NGUYEN – (6) I’m going with Takeya Mizugaki by 2nd Round Submission
VAN DEN HAAS – (7) Yahya is a highly-rated submissions master, but after being burned last weekend backing a fighter with a similar profile (Shinya Aoki), I'm going with the better striker to keep the fight standing and not get caught. Takeya Mizugaki by Unanimous Decision
KING – (7) Really solid fight that just shows how deep this card is. I'm gonna say Rani Yahya by Submission after a battle.