Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for UFC 115: LIDDELL VS FRANKLIN, to be held Saturday June 12, 2010 at the GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 pm EST. At least two preliminary bouts will air live on Spike TV during the hour preceding the PPV.
For each major MMA event, we feature a roundtable discussion of the fights, including Predictions and Madness Levels. This roundtable features madmen Josh King, Eric Van Den Haas, Randy Rowles, Jerry Cattelane, Johnny Nguyen, Brian Palmer & John Taylor of The MMA Radio Show, and we welcome aboard for the first time, Ed Stewart.
Madman Prediction Champion Eric Van Den Haas successfully defended his title in head-to-head competition at UFC 114, and will be matched up against Josh King, who is our defending Madman Roundtable Champion, winning the UFC 114 Madman Roundtable.
Eric Van Den Haas and Josh King will go head-to-head with their UFC 114 picks for the Madman Prediction Championship. At UFC 116, we'll start running a contest again, which will be open to everyone reading, to determine the new number one contenders going forward. The number one contender for UFC 116 will be determined by this UFC 115 Madman Roundtable.
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.
UFC 115: LIDDELL VS FRANKLIN
JESSE LENNOX  vs. MIKE PYLE 
Average Madness Level (1-10): 2.9
JOSH KING – (2) Mike Pyle by TKO
ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (5) I'll go with the technique of a desperate Pyle (he's cut if he loses) over the strength of Lennox. Mike Pyle by Unanimous Decision
RANDY ROWLES – (1) Not a fan of Pyle and Lennox doesn’t make the fight any more exciting. Mike Pyle by Unanimous Decision
JERRY CATTELANE – (2) Meh. Mike Pyle by "cage control" and Unanimous Decision
JOHNNY NGUYEN – (3) I’m gonna go with Jesse Lennox, another Miletich fighter, by 2nd Round Submission
BRIAN PALMER – (4) Pyle is way too experienced to lose this fight. He was an up-and-comer at one point, until he thought he deserved the world. Mike Pyle by Decision
JOHN TAYLOR – (4) Lennox is a tough kid out of the Miletich camp, but I gotta go with the battle-tested vet Pyle in this one. Mike Pyle by 2nd Round Submission
ED STEWART – (2) Jesse Lennox by Split Decision. No reasoning for this.
RICARDO FUNCH  vs. CLAUDE PATRICK 
Average Madness Level (1-10): 3.4
KING – (3) Claude Patrick is a decent prospect.
VAN DEN HAAS – (6) Patrick is the only fighter on the card making his UFC debut, and while it won't be easy, it'll be a successful one for the talented Canadian. Claude Patrick by TKO in Round 3
ROWLES – (2) Funch has a JOB to do before he goes back to fighting on smaller shows. Claude Patrick by Unanimous Decision
CATTELANE – (2) Double Meh. Claude Patrick by another Unanimous Decision
NGUYEN – (6) I’m excited to see Patrick fight, he trains in an amazing gym in Mississauga, Ontario!!! Claude Patrick by 2nd Round guillotine Submission
PALMER – (2) Who vs who??? Hmmm? Let's go Ricardo Funch by Decision
TAYLOR – (3) Funch is a comer, but former short-time IFL'er and long-time Canadian Patrick has been on a roll. I have Claude Patrick by Decision in this one.
STEWART – (3) Claude Patrick by Americana choke Submission 2nd Round, just because I hate Funch’s hair and his nickname Golden Boy. Super lame.