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 MMAmadman.com, 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
JON JONES  vs. VLADIMIR MATYUSHENKO 
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
MARK MUNOZ  vs. YUSHIN OKAMI 
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
JAKE ELLENBERGER  vs. JOHN HOWARD 
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
TAKANORI GOMI  vs. TYSON GRIFFIN 
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