Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for tonight's UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 PM EST. At least 2 live fights will air during the hour preceding the PPV on Spike TV.
This roundtable-lite features Randy Rowles, Joshua King and Johnny Nguyen.
UFC 121 Insane Preview for in-depth statistical analysis of each fight.
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 from UFC 120.
BROCK LESNAR  vs. CAIN VELASQUEZ 
Average Madness Level (1-10): 9.7
RANDY ROWLES – (10) Some are predicting this PPV will do 1.5 million buys. That number is staggering, but not unrealistic given Brock Lesnar's gargantuan drawing power. UFC executives are praying Lesnar wins. Alas Dana White is no Vince McMahon. Cain Velasquez by TKO in Round 3
JOSHUA KING – (10+++) I think Brock's extra strength will allow him to control Cain in this fight. Also I suspect Cain's chin can be taken advantage of; Brock's chin is made of titanium. Brock Lesnar by TKO 2nd Round
JOHNNY NGUYEN – (9) Words can't describe this fight. Brock is a freakin monster. Both men have phenomenal wrestling, but I’m gonna have to say Cain has better stand up. Can Cain handle a 280lbs monster on top of him? Does Brock have a good gas tank? I’m gonna go with Cain Velasquez by 2nd rd KO
MARTIN KAMPMANN  vs. JAKE SHIELDS 
Average Madness Level (1-10): 8.3
ROWLES – (9) Jake Shields does what Jake Shields does, except this time it's in the Octagon. Jake Shields by Unanimous Decision
KING – (9) Jake Shields is the 2nd best Welterweight in the world in my opinion. I don't see anything Kampmann is better at. Jake Shields by Submission 2nd Round
NGUYEN – (7) This is gonna be one sick fight. Kampmann has great kickboxing and stand-up. Shields has a good ground game and a good chin (he took good shots from Hendo). Jake Shields by 1st rd Submission
MATT HAMILL  vs. TITO ORTIZ 
Average Madness Level (1-10): 7.3
ROWLES – (9) I'm going for the upset here. Ortiz looked ripped at the weigh-ins, which has given me confidence in my pick that I made earlier this week in my Insane Preview. Tito Ortiz by TKO in Round 3
KING – (7) Matt Hamill is probably just a bit better. Matt Hamill by Unanimous Decision
NGUYEN – (6) I’m interested to see how much Ortiz has left in the tank. Tito Ortiz by Unanimous Decision