Saturday, July 3, 2010

UFC 116 MADMAN ROUNDTABLE: Staff Predictions, Discussion, Madness Levels for Every Fight at Lesnar vs Carwin



Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for UFC 116: CARWIN VS LESNAR, to be held Saturday July 3, 2010 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 pm EST.

For each major MMA event, we feature a roundtable discussion of the fights, including Predictions and Madness Levels. This roundtable lite features madmen Randy Rowles, Johnny Nguyen and Madman Prediction Champion Eric Van Den Haas.

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 roundtable members picked the respective fighters to win.
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UFC 116: CARWIN VS LESNAR

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Heavyweight Bout

JON MADSEN [2] vs. KARLOS VEMOLA [1]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 4.3

RANDY ROWLES – (6) I’m really looking forward to the UFC debut of “The Terminator” Karlos Vemola, a berserker fighter who’s been tearing shit up in Europe. This will be the toughest test of Vemola’s young career. Madsen is a skilled and smart wrestler who will no doubt be looking to ground this fight very quickly. It all comes down to if Vemola can catch Madsen before he ends up on his back. Here’s hoping we don’t get a 3-round lay and pray Madsen win. Karlos Vemola by TKO in Round 1

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (3) I’m gonna go with my gut and pick Jon Madsen by Decision

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (4) Two undefeateds but Vemola is making his UFC debut. Great value betting on the underdog Madsen whose wrestling should carry him to yet another win by decision. Jon Madsen by Unanimous Decision
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Welterweight Bout

FORREST PETZ [1] vs. DANIEL ROBERTS [2]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 3.3

ROWLES – (5) Petz is a late replacement in this fight for Julio Paulino, which makes it slightly more interesting. Despite getting caught by John Howard’s deceptive strength in his UFC debut, Roberts is the real deal. Petz hasn’t looked all that great since last getting the boot from the UFC, so expect Roberts to pick up his first Octagon win. Daniel Roberts by Submission in Round 3

NGUYEN – (2) Not too much into both fighters, but I’ll go with Forrest Petz by 2nd Round Submission

VAN DEN HAAS – (3) Petz is an aging, last minute replacement susceptible to submissions...which happens to be Roberts’ specialty. Lock o' the night! Daniel Roberts by Submission in Round 2
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Middleweight Bout

DAVE BRANCH [0] vs. GERALD HARRIS [3]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 4.3

ROWLES – (5) Gerald Harris is a future middleweight contender who is currently on a 9-fight winning streak. Branch is a debuting fighter who is stepping into some deep waters against Harris. Gerald Harris by TKO in Round 2

NGUYEN – (4) This one is hard for me to pick as both fighters are talented. Gerald Harris by 1st Round TKO

VAN DEN HAAS – (4) Another undefeated fighter making his UFC debut but Branch is a "Mario Miranda Lite." Harris disposed of Miranda with little trouble - expect more of the same here. Gerald Harris by TKO in Round 2
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Middleweight Bout

KENDALL GROVE [2] vs. GORAN RELJIC [1]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 4.3

ROWLES – (4) After Grove went on a radio rant about Spike TV and how they really control the UFC's decisions for The Ultimate Fighter, this fight was demoted from the UFC PRELIMS LIVE ON SPIKE TV broadcast to the undercard. This no doubt will result in a pissed off Reljic and the UFC looking to give Grove the axe with a loss. Grove later apologized for his comments, but now he has to know he’s put himself in a must-win situation. Grove has always thrived under pressure before, and I expect he’ll come through once again to save his UFC roster spot. Kendall Grove by Submission in Round 2

NGUYEN – (4) I believe Reljic is gonna be handing Grove his pink slip. Goran Reljic by Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (5) A pink slip likely awaits the loser of this fight making the match a little more intriguing. A tough fight to call but my Spydey senses tell me to lay some dough on the underdog Grove. Kendall Grove by Unanimous Decision
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UFC PRELIMS LIVE ON SPIKE TV

Light Heavyweight Bout

SETH PETRUZELLI [1] vs. RICARDO ROMERO [2]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 4.3

ROWLES – (5) As much as I’d like to pick Petruzelli, I just think Romero is going to be too much for him on the ground, where Romero will grind out a decision win. Ricardo Romero by Unanimous Decision

NGUYEN – (5) I’m excited to see The Silverback back in the UFC. He's improved a lot. Seth Petruzelli by Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (3) Both fighters looking for their first UFC win though they've taken very different paths to get here. Romero's wrestling and submission skills will prevail. Ricardo Romero by Unanimous Decision
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Heavyweight Bout

BRENDAN SCHAUB [3] vs. CHRIS TUCHSCHERER [0]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 5

ROWLES – (6) Tuchscherer is a big lug of a fighter. Schaub has the clear athletic, speed and endurance advantage. It should just be a matter of Schaub avoiding getting tagged by Tuchscherer, until the giant Crowbar eventually gasses out. Brendan Schaub by Unanimous Decision

NGUYEN – (4) I think Brendan Schaub is gonna win this by 1st Round KO

VAN DEN HAAS – (5) Oddsmakers have Schaub as the biggest fave on the card. He's got the speed, athleticism and diverse game to defeat The Crowbar. Brendan Schaub by Unanimous Decision
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MAIN PPV CARD

Lightweight Bout

KURT PELLEGRINO [0] vs. GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS [3]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 6.7

ROWLES – (7) This should be one hell of a fight between two fighters right on the edge of being top contenders in the UFC’s lightweight division. Expect a grappling clinic. George Sotiropoulos by Submission in Round 2

NGUYEN – (5) Man, both guys have great backgrounds in BJJ, but Sotiropoulos is gonna edge out in this one. George Sotiropoulos by 2nd Round Submission

VAN DEN HAAS – (8) Jiu-jitsu fans gotta be drooling over this lightweight battle and while each fighter has sick submissions I see this one going to a decision. George Sotiropoulos by Unanimous Decision
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Light Heavyweight Bout

STEPHAN BONNAR [1] vs. KRZYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI [2]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 5

ROWLES – (7) This is a rematch from UFC 110, where Soszynski was awarded a controversial TKO victory after the fight was stopped by the ringside doctor for a cut. Bonnar’s cut was the result of an unintentional headbutt, which means the fight should’ve been ruled a No Contest, but the referee ruled the cut was the result of an elbow, which would’ve been legal, so Soszynski was mistakenly given the win. I picked Bonnar in the first fight, so why not make the same mistake again? Stephan Bonnar by Split Decision

NGUYEN – (4) First fight was called prematurely, but I still think Krzysztof Soszynski is gonna win by Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (4) While I understand most fights that end in controversial fashion result in rematches, do we really need to see this match again? Do we need to see Bonnar ever fight again? Dude, it's time...retire! Krzysztof Soszynski by Unanimous Decision
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Welterweight Bout

MATT BROWN [0] vs. CHRIS LYTLE [3]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 7.3

ROWLES – (8) This one has Fight of the Night written all over it. Both guys are batshit crazy fighters who will never say die. Chris Lytle by Unanimous Decision

NGUYEN – (7) Wow! This is gonna be one hell of a interesting fight as both fighters love to stand and bang and both have great BJJ skills. I’m gonna go with Chris Lytle by Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (7) Another rematch, though surely a more entertaining one, but again I'll roll with the fighter who won the first time. It'll be Lights Out once again for Matt Brown. Chris Lytle by Submission in Round 3
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Middleweight Bout

YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA [2] vs. CHRIS LEBEN [1]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 7

ROWLES – (8) Leben is a last-minute replacement in this fight for Wanderlei Silva, who had to withdraw due to injury. Leben just fought 2 weeks ago at the UFC TUF 11 Finale! Kudos to Leben, who is a major baller, for stepping up on such short notice. I’ve always felt Akiyama was a bit overrated. This is a huge opportunity for Leben to move himself up into the top middleweight rankings. Chris Leben by KO in Round 2

NGUYEN – (5) I would give this fight a higher Madness Level but Wanderlei Silva isn’t fighting Akiyama. Leben is tough as nails but Yoshihiro Akiyama is gonna win this by Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (8) Props to Leben for taking this fight on such short notice, particularly after having just TKO'd the previously unbeaten A-Train just two weeks ago but the well-rounded Sexyama will win convincingly. Yoshihiro Akiyama by Submission (Armbar) in Round 2
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HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT

BROCK LESNAR [2] vs. SHANE CARWIN [1]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 10

ROWLES – (10) This fight was originally supposed to go down at UFC 106 in November 2009, but Lesnar ended up battling a severe case of diverticulitis instead. This intestinal disorder threatened to end Lesnar’s MMA career, but thanks to a miraculous recovery, the sport’s biggest star will finally be back in the Octagon. Carwin, in the meantime, knocked out Frank Mir to win the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship. This fight will unify the two belts and determine the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion, who will also be the number one heavyweight fighter on the planet thanks to the recent loss of Fedor Emelianenko. Brock Lesnar by TKO in Round 2

NGUYEN – (10) Man, I’ve been waiting for this matchup for a while now. All the shit talking will be settled in the cage. I’m gonna go with Shane Carwin by 2nd Round KO

VAN DEN HAAS – (10) The much anticipated Clash of the Titans! And while I really, really hope Carwin wins (and he certainly has a real shot at prevailing) I see Brock ground 'n pounding his way to victory. Brock Lesnar by TKO in Round 2
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MOST MADNESS

RANDY ROWLES: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin

JOHNNY NGUYEN: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
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GROUPTHINK

Alternate Reality Fight Card (Ranked by Average Madness Levels)

MAIN CARD

1 - Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin (10)

2 - Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle (7.3)

3 - Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Chris Leben (7)

4 - Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos (6.7)

5 - Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (5)

UFC PRELIMS ON SPIKE TV

6 - Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer (5)

7 - Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola (4.3)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

8 - Seth Petruzelli vs. Ricardo Romero (4.3)

9 - Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic (4.3)

10 - Dave Branch vs. Gerald Harris (4.3)

11 - Forrest Petz vs. Daniel Roberts (3.3)
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CONSENSUS PICKS

Brock Lesnar over Shane Carwin

Yoshihiro Akiyama over Chris Leben

Chris Lytle over Matt Brown

Krzysztof Soszynski over Stephan Bonnar

George Sotiropoulos over Kurt Pellegrino

Brendan Schaub over Chris Tuchscherer

Ricardo Romero over Seth Petruzelli

Kendall Grove over Goran Reljic

Gerald Harris over Dave Branch

Daniel Roberts over Forrest Petz

Jon Madsen over Karlos Vemola

UFC 117: SILVA VS SONNEN Fight Card for Saturday 8/7/10 in Oakland, California


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UFC 117: SILVA VS SONNEN -- August 7, 2010

Location: Oracle Arena in Oakland, California

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD

{Middleweight Championship}
Anderson The Spider Silva (26-4) vs. Chael Sonnen (24-10)

Thiago Pitbull Alves (16-6) vs. Jon Fitch (22-3)

Rafael Dos Anjos (14-4) vs. Clay The Carpenter Guida (26-11)

Ricardo Big Dog Almeida (12-3) vs. Matt Hughes (44-7)

Junior Cigano Dos Santos (11-1) vs. Roy Big Country Nelson (15-4)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Dustin McLovin Hazelett (12-5) vs. Rick Horror Story (10-3)

Phil Mr. Wonderful Davis (6-0) vs. Rodney Shonuff the Master Wallace (9-2)

Charlie The Spaniard Brenneman (12-1) vs. Johny Hendricks (8-0)

Tim The Barbarian Boetsch (11-3) vs. Todd Bulldog Brown (11-1)

Christian Morecraft (6-0) vs. Stefan Skyscraper Struve (19-4)

Dennis Superman Hallman (41-13) vs. Ben Killa B Saunders (8-2)

Friday, July 2, 2010

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 9: ROSARIO VS MAHE -- 7/23/10 Showtime Fight Card

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Sarah Kaufman vs Roxanne Modafferi

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 9: ROSARIO VS MAHE -- August 7, 2010

Location: Comcast Arena in Everett, Washington

Broadcast: Showtime

MAIN CARD

Shane Del Rosario (9-0) vs. Lolohea Mahe (4-1)

{Women's Welterweight Championship}
Sarah Kaufman (11-0) vs. Roxanne Roxy Modafferi (15-5)

Cory Devela (9-4) vs. Bobby Voelker (21-8)

Ron Abongo Humphrey (7-1) vs. Mike MAK Kyle (16-7)

Thomas Diagne (1-1) vs. Caros Fodor (5-2)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MOOSIN 2 -- 10/9/10 Fight Card in Chicago


MOOSIN 2 -- October 9, 2010

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Broadcast: PPV

Hong Man Techno Goliath Choi (2-3) vs. Tim The Maine-iac Sylvia (26-6)


Monday, June 28, 2010

UFC 116: LESNAR VS CARWIN -- 7/3/10 Fight Card in Las Vegas



UFC 116: LESNAR VS CARWIN -- July 3, 2010

Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Broadcast: PPV

{Heavyweight Championship}
Brock Lesnar (4-1) vs. Shane Carwin (12-0)

Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1) vs. Chris The Crippler Leben (20-6)

Matt The Immortal Brown (11-8) vs. Chris Lights Out Lytle (38-17)

Stephan Bonnar (11-7) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (21-9)

Kurt Batman Pellegrino (16-4) vs. George Sotiropoulos (12-2)

UFC PRELIMS (SPIKE TV)

Brendan The Hybrid Schaub (5-1) vs. Chris The Crowbar Tuchscherer (18-2)

Seth The Silverback Petruzelli (12-4) vs. Ricardo Romero (10-1)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Kendall Da Spyder Grove (11-7) vs. Goran Reljic (8-1)

Dave Branch (6-0) vs. Gerald Hurricane Harris (16-2)

Forrest The Meat Cleaver Petz (18-7) vs. Daniel Ninja Roberts (9-1)

Jon Madsen (5-0) vs. Karlos The Terminator Vemola (7-0)

THE MMA RADIO SHOW 6: Taylor & Palmer Recap Fedor Strikeforce Loss, Mike Dolce Talks His New Diet Book, UFC 116 Preview

John Taylor and Brian Palmer discuss one of the greatest upsets in the history of MMA this past weekend at STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS WERDUM, where the legendary Fedor Emelianenko was finished for the first time in his career.

Taylor and Palmer welcome TUF 7 alum Mike Dolce to The MMA Radio Show to talk about his book The Dolce Diet: 3 Weeks to Shredded.

The duo also preview the upcoming huge UFC Fourth of July event UFC 116: LESNAR VS CARWIN.

All this, prizes and more on this week's edition of The MMA Radio Show!



MikeDolceMMA.com

Sunday, June 27, 2010

STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS WERDUM RESULTS - Fabricio Werdum Mortalizes Fedor Emelianenko, Cung Le Gets His Revenge

STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS WERDUM was held Saturday June 26, 2010 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The main card aired live on Showtime. The headlining fight featured the end of an era, as Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko, largely considered to be the greatest fighter in the history of the sport, was finished for the first time in his 34-fight career. Just 9 seconds past the first minute of the first round, Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum tapped out Fedor with a triangle armbar.

Fedor Emelianenko dropped Fabricio Werdum early with punches, but made the mistake of following the BJJ black belt to the ground in seeking a finish. As Fedor whaled away at Werdum on the ground, Werdum scrambled for submissions, transitioning between an armbar attempt and a triangle choke attempt, before locking in the triangle armbar and forcing the MMA legend to submit for the first time in his illustrious career. Fedor's only previous loss was nearly a decade ago due to a cut from an illegal elbow against Tsuyoshi "TK" Kosaka in RINGS in Japan.

There is now a real possibility that the long anticipated fight between Alistair Overeem and Fedor Emelianenko will not happen. As things stand, Fabricio Werdum has earned a Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship fight with Overeem based on this win over Emelianenko, however, both Werdum and Emelianenko expressed their desire for a immediate rematch with each other in their post-fight interviews.