Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for tonight's UFC 119: MIR VS CRO COP. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 pm EST. At least 2 live fights will air on Spike TV starting at 9:00 pm EST.
This roundtable features Randy Rowles (UFC 119 INSANE PREVIEW), Joshua King, Johnny Nguyen and Eric Van Den Haas, whose picks can also be consumed in their entirety in the delectable EVIL ERIC vs UFC 119, an MMAmadman special feature.
Madness Levels are in parenthesis. They indicate the level of excitement 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.
Joshua King is our returning champion.
MIRKO CRO COP  vs. FRANK MIR 
Average Madness Level (1-10): 8.25
RANDY ROWLES – (10) It's still 2005 in my mind, Evil Eric! Frank Mir by Submission in Round 2
JOSHUA KING – (8) Heart says Mirko. Head says Frank Mir by Submission 1st Round
JOHNNY NGUYEN – (8) This one is hard for me to pick cause I have much love for Cro Cop, and Frank Mir has some of the best jits for a heavyweight. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and pick Cro Cop by TKO HEADKICK. WAR CRO COP!
ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (7) This would be a 10 on the Madness scale if this was 2005. Now... well, it's a relatively poor main event compared to what the UFC has been treating us to recently. I would love to see Crop Cop kick the shit outta Frank "Papps" Mir but I'm betting that Mirko gets taken down and submitted. Man, I'd love to be wrong on this one! Frank Mir by Submission in Round 1
RYAN BADER  vs. ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA 
Average Madness Level (1-10): 7.75
ROWLES – (9) Ryan Bader should pronounce himself as one of the Top 10 light heavyweights in the world with a victory over the legendary Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Rogerio is the twin brother of UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who was originally scheduled for the main event in a rematch with Frank Mir, before he had to withdraw due to injury. Rodrigo coached Ryan Bader to victory on TUF 8, and now Bader fights his twin brother. Ryan Bader by TKO in Round 2
KING – (7) If their last couple fights are an indicator, I'm pretty sure Nog is getting tooled. Ryan Bader by TKO, 2nd
NGUYEN – (7) Bader is climbing up the ranks fast and he has to face Lil Nog to get closer to his title shot. Ryan Bader by 1st rd KO
VAN DEN HAAS – (8) I tend to take the young, hungry up and comer over the overrated veteran. Bader will lose at some point but not against Minotoro. Bloody hell, Jason Brilz outwrestled Nogueira and nearly beat him! Ryan Bader by Unanimous Decision