Saturday, July 31, 2010

UFC ON VERSUS 2 MADMAN ROUNDTABLE - Staff Predictions, Discussion, Madness Levels for Every Fight on 8/1/10 Card

Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for UFC ON VERSUS 2: JONES VS MATYUSHENKO, to be held Sunday August 1, 2010 at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California. The main card will air live on the Versus network starting at 9:00 pm EST.

For each major MMA event, we feature a Roundtable discussion of the fights here at, including Predictions and Madness Levels. This roundtable features madmen Randy Rowles, Eric Van Den Haas, Johnny Nguyen, Joshua King and Jerry Cattelane.

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.


Light Heavyweight Bout


Average Madness Level (1-10): 8

RANDY ROWLES – (8) Bones Jones is one of the most innovative and explosive athletes in all of MMA. Jones represents the future of the sport. Vladimir Matyushenko started his MMA career over a decade before Jones and is nearing 40 years old. While Matyushenko's experience and wrestling will likely give Jones the biggest challenge of his burgeoning career, it won't be enough to stop the young phenom. Jon Jones by TKO in Round 3

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (9) Any Bones fight deserves some serious Madness. Jones has dominated every fight he's been in and this one will be no different. I really don't see how The Janitor could come away with a W. Jon Jones by TKO in Round 2

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (8) Jones is one guy I love to watch, very entertaining. The Janitor brings a lot to the table, but I’m gonna have to go with Jon Jones by 1st Round KO

JOSHUA KING – (8) Although I think Vlad has a very realistic chance of grinding out a win here, It would be downright foolish to choose against Jon Jones by some type of finish

JERRY CATTELANE – (7) Loving "Bones" Jones, but Matyushenko should give him a challenge. Still I like Jon Jones in a battle of attrition and by 3rd round TKO

Middleweight Bout


Average Madness Level (1-10): 6.6

ROWLES – (8) Mark Munoz is my favorite fighter on this card. Maybe that makes me biased, but my immediate thought on this fight was that Munoz is going to smash Yushin Okami. Munoz's wrestling and ground and pound should make for a long painful night for Okami. Mark Munoz by Unanimous Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (7) This could be quite the clash if Okami brings the aggression he showed in pummeling Lucio Linhares. You know Munoz will come ready to battle. Yet despite his heart and ability to take some serious abuse I fully expect Munoz to get Thunderstruck. Yushin Okami by TKO in Round 3

NGUYEN – (6) Munoz has just been getting better and better. Yushin after his injury hasn’t been the same. Damn hard fight to pick. Yushin Okami by 1st Round TKO

KING – (7) Despite Anderson Silva's proclamations, I fully expect Yushin Okami to win this one with wrestling.

CATTELANE – (5) Okami is needing this one I think more than Munoz, but I think Munoz will come through with a breakout performance. Mark Munoz by 2nd Round TKO

Welterweight Bout


Average Madness Level (1-10): 6.2

ROWLES – (7) This is one of those fights where I'll be rooting against my own prediction. I'd love to see John Howard score a Knockout of the Night bonus. Jake Ellenberger is an unspectacular but super solid fighter who should be strong and elusive enough to outpoint Howard. Jake Ellenberger by Unanimous Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (8) This slugfest has Fight of the Night written all over (so it'll be just that or a complete dud). I'm guessin' it'll be a beauty, and while either fighter could take it, I like the power and striking of Ellenberger. Jake Ellenberger by TKO in Round 2

NGUYEN – (6) Oh shit!!! This is a very interesting fight. Both have very good skills, but I’m picking John Howard by 1st Round TKO

KING – (4) John Howard by TKO

CATTELANE – (6) Unsure which way to go here. Should be fun to watch. Blind pick says John Howard by Unanimous Decision

Lightweight Bout


Average Madness Level (1-10): 7.4

ROWLES – (8) This is another fight where I wouldn't mind being wrong with my prediction. A loss here and Takanori Gomi will likely have to head back to Japan with his tail between his legs. Tyson Griffin could be an immediate contender in the WEC's featherweight division. After losing to Evan Dunham in his last Octagon fight, even with a win here, Griffin will have a long road back to possible UFC lightweight title contention. Tyson Griffin by Unanimous Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (6) I hate it when athletes use "Kid" in their handle... Sid "The Kid" Crosby, Takanori "The Fireball Kid" Gomi. Well, at 31 Gomi is no longer a kid and against "KenFlo" (Uggh! That's a whole other rant...) I didn't see a spark let alone a fireball. Bottom line - Gomi is well past his prime. Tyson Griffin by Unanimous Decision

NGUYEN – (7) Damn this one is very hard for me to pick cause both have insane tenacity and heart, but I’m gonna go with one of my favorite fighters. Takanori Gomi by Decision

KING – (7) Another match where wrestling will win the day. Gomi just can't keep up with this sort of competition. I look forward to seeing him headlining DREAM soon. Tyson Griffin by Decision

CATTELANE – (9) Griffin looks like he has is game face on and I just don't believe Gomi can transition to the cage yet. Very tall order for him here. Tyson Griffin by 3rd Round GnP TKO

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 27 - 9/2/10 Fight Card in San Antonio, Texas



Season 3, Week 4

Location: Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas

Broadcast: FOX Sports Net


{Featherweight Championship}
Joe The Hammer Soto (9-0) vs. Joe Warren (5-1)

[Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Ulysses Useless Gomez (6-1) vs. Travis The Hurricane Reddinger (14-2)

[Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Bryan Goldsby (12-11) vs. Ed West (13-4)

[Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Zack Fun Size Makovsky (9-2) vs. Nick Garfield Mamalis (14-4)


Andrew Craig (1-0) vs. Rodrigo Pinheiro (3-0)

Aaron Barringer (4-2) vs. Gilbert Jimenez (2-1)

Dale Mitchell (0-2) vs. Richard Odoms (1-0)

Andrew The Powerhouse Chappelle (9-6) vs. Joe Jitsu Christopher (10-4)

Shane Faulkner (2-2) vs. Jon El Jaguar Kirk (15-7)

Ernest De La Cruz (0-0) vs. Steven Ocho Peterson (1-0)

Friday, July 30, 2010

INSANE UFC ON VERSUS 2 PREVIEW: Translated Betting Odds, Statistical Analysis, Madness Levels, Predictions

Go into insane detail with this preview of UFC ON VERSUS 2: JONES VS MATYUSHENKO by MMAmadman Randy Rowles.

Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, UFC and WEC wins and losses, biggest victories, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for every fight on the card. Betting lines are translated into percentages for perspective on fighters’ projected chances of winning.

UFC ON VERSUS 2 will be held Sunday August 1, 2010 at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California. The main card will air live on the Versus network starting at 9:00 pm EST.

Betting lines are for entertainment purposes and are included here only to illustrate oddsmakers' projections.

Madness Levels indicate the amount of insanity inspired in anticipation of a fight on a scale of 1 to 10, a numerical translation of just how excited I am for each fight.

Striving to be the most analytically astute fight preview column possible. Let the madness begin...

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split | MD = Majority Decision | SUB = Submission | (T)KO = (Technical)Knockout



Light Heavyweight Bout

JON JONES (-625) = 83% chance of winning

VLADIMIR MATYUSHENKO (+475) = 17% chance of winning


6 wins by (T)KO | 2 wins by Submission | 2 wins by Decision

1 loss by DQ

Jon Jones is 4-1 in the UFC, and is coming off a win over Brandon Vera at UFC on Versus 1 (3/10). Jones is currently ranked #14 in the Madman Top 25 Light Heavyweight Rankings.

AGE: 23   HEIGHT: 6’4”   WEIGHT: 206

FIGHTING OUT OF: Jackson’s Submission Fighting in Albuquerque, New Mexico by way of Endicott, New York (AMERICAN)

UFC W: Brandon Vera (TKO), Jake O’Brien (SUB), Stephan Bonnar (UD), Andre Gusmao (UD)

UFC L: Matt Hamill (DQ)

BIGGEST JONES WIN: over Brandon Vera by TKO at UFC on Versus 1 (3/10)


10 wins by Decision | 7 wins by (T)KO | 7 wins by Submission

2 losses by KO | 2 losses by Decision

Vladimir Matyushenko is 5-2 in the UFC, and is coming off a win over Eliot Marshall at UFC on Versus 1 (3/10). Matyushenko is currently ranked #23 in the Madman Top 25 Light Heavyweight Rankings.

AGE: 39   HEIGHT: 6’0”   WEIGHT: 206

FIGHTING OUT OF: El Segundo, California by way of Retchisa, Belarus (BELARUSIAN)

UFC W: Eliot Marshall (SD), Igor Pokrajac (UD), Pedro Rizzo (UD), Travis Wiuff (SUB), Yuki Kondo (UD)

UFC L: Andrei Arlovski (KO), Tito Ortiz (UD)

BIGGEST MATYUSHENKO WIN: over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by Unanimous Decision in UFO (8/02)


Vladimir Matyushenko is nearing 40 years old. He edged out Eliot Marshall via split decision on the undercard of the first UFC on Versus, but at this UFC on Versus 2, Matyushenko is main eventing against a much more aggressive, innovative and athletic fighter in Jon “Bones” Jones. This would be a career-defining win for Matyushenko should he pull off the impossible and slow the momentum of one of the sport’s fastest rising stars. For Jones, a win would be another step up the ladder towards future title contention. 2011 will be the Year of Bones.

PREDICTION: Jon Jones by TKO in Round 3

Middleweight Bout

YUSHIN OKAMI (-215) = 65% chance of winning

MARK MUNOZ (+175) = 35% chance of winning


10 wins by Decision | 9 wins by (T)KO | 4 wins by Submission

4 losses by Decision | 1 loss by TKO

Yushin Okami is 8-2 in the UFC, and is coming off a win over Lucio Linhares at UFC Fight Night 21 (3/10). Okami is currently ranked #17 in the Madman Top 25 Middleweight Rankings.

AGE: 29   HEIGHT: 6’2”   WEIGHT: 185

FIGHTING OUT OF: Wajyutsu Keisyukai / Kanagawa, Japan (JAPANESE)

UFC W: Lucio Linhares (TKO), Dean Lister (UD), Evan Tanner (KO), Jason MacDonald (UD), Mike Swick (UD), Rory Singer (SUB), Kalib Starnes (TKO), Alan Belcher (UD)

UFC L: Chael Sonnen (UD), Rich Franklin (UD)

BIGGEST OKAMI WIN: over Anderson Silva by illegal kick DQ at ROTR 8 (1/06)


4 wins by TKO | 3 wins by Decision | 1 win by Submission

1 loss by KO

Mark Munoz is 3-1 in the UFC, and is coming off a win over Kendall Grove at UFC 112 (4/10).

AGE: 32   HEIGHT: 6’0”   WEIGHT: 185

FIGHTING OUT OF: Black House / Vallejo, California (AMERICAN)

UFC W: Kendall Grove (TKO), Ryan Jensen (SUB), Nick Catone (SD)

WEC W: Ricardo Barros (TKO), Chuck Grigsby (TKO)

UFC L: Matt Hamill (KO)

BIGGEST MUNOZ WIN: over Kendall Grove by come-from-behind TKO at UFC 112 (4/10)


I’m a huge mark for Mark Munoz, and cheesy wordplay as well. I hope Munoz smashes Yushin Okami into oblivion. I didn’t expect Munoz to be this big of an underdog, but I like it. Munoz at +175 is excellent given that I’m more than willing to live or die gambling-wise with The Filipino Wrecking Machine. Of course, I’m realistic with my prediction. Okami is one tough bastard. 8-2 in the Octagon is amazingly impressive. Okami has been working on his wrestling, but you can’t learn what Munoz knows. I hope it’s enough.

PREDICTION: Mark Munoz by Unanimous Decision

Welterweight Bout

JAKE ELLENBERGER (-208) = 64% chance of winning

JOHN HOWARD (+168) = 36% chance of winning


14 wins by (T)KO | 5 wins by Submission | 3 wins by Decision

4 losses by Decision | 1 loss by Submission

Jake Ellenberger is 1-1 in the UFC, and is coming off a win over Mike Pyle at UFC 108 (1/10).

AGE: 25   HEIGHT: 6’0”   WEIGHT: 170.5


UFC W: Mike Pyle (TKO)

UFC L: Carlos Condit (SD)

BIGGEST ELLENBERGER WIN: over Mike Pyle by TKO at UFC 108 (1/10)


6 wins by Submission | 4 wins by (T)KO | 4 wins by Decision

2 losses by Decision | 1 loss by TKO | 1 loss by Submission

John Howard is 4-0 in the UFC, and is coming off a win over Daniel Roberts at UFC on Versus 1 (3/10).

AGE: 27   HEIGHT: 5’7”   WEIGHT: 170.5

FIGHTING OUT OF: Boston, Massachusetts (AMERICAN)

UFC W: Daniel Roberts (KO), Dennis Hallman (KO), Tamdan McCrory (SD), Chris Wilson (SD)

BIGGEST HOWARD WIN: over Dennis “Superman” Hallman by last-minute come-from-behind KO at the UFC TUF 10 Finale (12/09)


I’d much rather John Howard win this fight. Howard is a human being that I’d like to see have great success. For my prediction, though, have to go with brain over heart. Ellenberger is a corn-fed fighting machine, as solid as solid comes. As was evident in Howard’s last fight against Daniel Roberts, Howard has dynamite in his fists and can deliver ferocity from futile angles. Ellenberger has never been knocked out in his lengthy fight career. Howard hasn’t lost in the UFC. Something’s got to give.

PREDICTION: Jake Ellenberger by Unanimous Decision

Lightweight Bout

TYSON GRIFFIN (-325) = 74% chance of winning

TAKANORI GOMI (+265) = 26% chance of winning


6 wins by (T)KO | 5 wins by Decision | 3 wins by Submission

3 losses by Decision

Tyson Griffin is 7-3 in the UFC, and is coming off a loss to Evan Dunham at UFC 115 (6/10). Griffin is currently ranked #15 in the Madman Top 25 Lightweight Rankings.

AGE: 26   HEIGHT: 5’6”   WEIGHT: 154

FIGHTING OUT OF: Xtreme Couture / Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Sacramento, California (AMERICAN)

UFC W: Hermes Franca (TKO), Rafael Dos Anjos (UD), Marcus Aurelio (UD), Gleison Tibau (UD), Thiago Tavares (UD), Clay Guida (SD), David Lee (SUB)

UFC L: Evan Dunham (SD), Sean Sherk (UD), Frankie Edgar (UD)

BIGGEST GRIFFIN WIN: over Hermes Franca by TKO at UFC 103 (9/09)


14 wins by Decision | 11 wins by (T)KO | 6 wins by Submission

4 losses by Submission | 2 losses by Decision

Takanori Gomi is 0-1 in the UFC, and is coming off a loss to Kenny Florian at UFC Fight Night 21 (3/10).

AGE: 31   HEIGHT: 5’8”   WEIGHT: 156


UFC L: Kenny Florian (SUB)

BIGGEST GOMI WIN: over Tatsuya Kawajiri by Rear-Naked Choke Submission at PRIDE Bushido 9 (9/05)


Tyson Griffin was humbled in his last fight against Xtreme Couture teammate Evan Dunham. Griffin should come out this fight much more focused with something to prove, and it only helps that he’s fighting a legend. Takanori Gomi seems to have lost whatever it was that once made his so great. Gomi’s UFC debut went pretty bad, with poor conditioning leading to an eventual tapout to Kenny Florian. Both fighters will be looking for redemption in this fight. The question is – who's the better fighter?

PREDICTION: Tyson Griffin by Unanimous Decision

Monday, July 26, 2010

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 9 RESULTS: Watch Sarah Kaufman Slam Roxanne Modafferi Exclamation Point Style 7/23/10

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 9: ROSARIO VS MAHE was held Friday July 23, 2010 at the Comcast Arena in Everett, Washington, and aired live on Showtime. A controversial fight card order featured Sarah Kaufman defending her Strikeforce Women's 135-Pound Championship against Roxanne Modafferi in the co-main event spot, underneath a non-title male bout between heavyweight prospects Shane Del Rosario and Lolohea Mahe.

In the main event, Shane Del Rosario beat up James Bond villain Lolohea Mahe for the majority of the first round before finishing him with knees and punches. Del Rosario improved his record to a perfect 10-0 with an impressive victory over the Kendall Grove-trained Mahe. A Bobby Lashley-Del Rosario fight has been proposed before, and hopefully will eventually happen.

Sarah Kaufman struggled in the first round against Roxanne Modafferi's wrestling, but came back to win the second round with strikes. Kaufman finished the second stanza with an impressive flurry of punches. In the third round, Modafferi was going for an armbar and Kaufman picked her up into the air and powerbombed her into oblivion. Modafferi got KTFO and Kaufman calmly walked away the defending champ. In her post-fight interview, Kaufman called out Strikeforce for not properly promoting her and the Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Championship.

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Bobby Voelker won a controversial split decision over Cory Devela. The MMAmadman Scorecard had the fight 29-28 Devela, who used wrestling and submission grappling to dominate the fight, and announcers Pat Miletich and Stephen "The Fight Professor" Quadros both thought Devela won, but it was Voelker who 2 judges believed had won, so he got the official nod.

Mike "MAK" Kyle continued his MMA rebirth with a submission win over Ron "Abongo" Humphrey in the second round of their light heavyweight contest. Kyle is quickly becoming a serious contender in Strikeforce's 205-pound division.

In the opening fight of the night, Caros Fodor, who at one point was named on screen as Fedor, dominated Cung Le protégé Thomas Diagne. Fodor used his suffocating style to grind Diagne up against the fence and neutralize his flashy Sanshou offense. Diagne got off some impressive shots here and there and displayed some incredible submission defense, but lost an obvious across the board 30-27 decision to Fodor, who is ready for a step-up in competition in the Strikeforce 155-pound division.


Shane Del Rosario (10-0) won by TKO over Lolohea Mahe (4-2)
[3:48] - Round 1 - knees and punches

{Women's Welterweight Championship}
Sarah Kaufman (12-0) won by KO over Roxanne Modafferi (15-6)
[14:45] - 4:45 Round 3 - slam

Bobby Voelker (22-8) won by SD over Cory Devela (9-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Mike Kyle (17-7) won by SUB over Abongo Humphrey (7-2)
[8:28] - 3:28 Round 2 - rear-naked choke

Caros Fodor (6-2) won by UD over Thomas Diagne (1-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Complete MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split Decision | SUB = Submission

*The undercard of this event featured 8 amateur bouts


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Sarah Kaufman vs. Roxanne Modafferi

KO OF THE NIGHT: Sarah Kaufman (slam) over Roxanne Modafferi

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Mike Kyle (rear-naked choke) over Abongo Humphrey

QUICKEST WIN: Shane Del Rosario over Lolohea Mahe in 228 seconds

BIGGEST WINNER:) Sarah Kaufman

BIGGEST LOSER:( Lolohea Mahe


Strikeforce fights ONLY. Rankings according to Madman Top 25 Fighter Rankings.

Shane Del Rosario (5-0)

Sarah Kaufman (4-0) #2 Ranked Women's Pound-for-Pound

Bobby Voelker (2-1)

Mike Kyle (2-2-1)

Caros Fodor (1-0)

Abongo Humphrey (1-2)

Thomas Diagne (1-2)

Cory Devela (1-3)

Lolohea Mahe (0-2)

Roxanne Modafferi (0-2) #5 Ranked Women's Pound-for-Pound