Writer vs. Fighter: UFC Vegas 22

Writer vs. Fighter UFC Vegas 22
Credit: Cageside Press

It’s that time again! Time to see those who punch faces square off against those who write about it – in a theoretical arena at least. Writer and Fighter is back to see who has the best picks and it’s been a tight one so far this year. This week, the UFC’s own Kai Kamaka III joins us to give his picks for UFC Vegas 22.

Here’s how each week has gone so far:

Joe McDonagh def. Randy Costa (3-2) – Fight Island 7
Doug Murray def. Bryan Barberena (2-1) – Fight Island 8
Shawn Bitter DRAW Mike Rodriguez (1-1) – UFC 257
Dalton Rosta def. Jay Anderson (7-2) – UFC Vegas 18
Austin Arnett def. Heath Harshman (2-1) – UFC 258
Sam Hughes def. Gumby Vreeland (3-0) – UFC Vegas 19
Mike McClory def. Orion Cosce (5-2) – UFC Vegas 20
Josh Evanoff def. Cortney Casey (2-1) – UFC 259
Aiemann Zahabi def. Alex Behunin (5-0) – UFC Vegas 21

So once again the writers and fighter are all tied up at 4 a piece with that one pesky draw.

Here’s how it works: both writer and fighter must pick the winner of the main event, co-main event, and featured main card bout. A correct pick will earn one point. Both must then pick a “lock” — the fighter they are most sure will win their fight — from the entire card. That’s two points. The “dog” comes next, and a correct underdog pick earns three points.

It’s that simple. Five picks: Main, co-main, and featured fight winners, lock, and underdog. To the winner go the spoils. Not actual spoils, but bragging rights anyway.

This week, hard-hitting Hawaiian Kai Kamaka III puts his knowledge to the test. His opponent – Cageside Press interviewer and writer, Sergio Pineiro. Let’s see who has the insights for UFC Vegas 22

The main event could be one of the biggest deciders in this fight. Kamaka has gone with the favorite and 2020’s Fighter of the Year, Kevin Holland. Meanwhile, our own Pineiro thinks there is a upset brewing on the horizon. They both are on the same page on the co-main, but differ on our featured bout between top bantamweights Marion Reneau and Macy Chiasson.

However, the fight may be decided pretty early with a middleweight tilt. For the second straight week we have a dog pick up against a lock pick, which leads to a 5 point swing one way or the other. Kai has locked Roman Dolidze and Sergio is riding with his opponent Trevin Giles as the dog. Of course the loser of that bout could make up some ground with their other picks. Pineiro has Tai Tuivasa as his lock for his bout with Harry Hunsucker. Meanwhile Kamaka has Gustavo Lopez as his dog.

May the best writer/fighter win! We’ll have the results up after the event!

Results: It was a solid night at the office for the writers this week. Sergio’s dog and lock both came through, as did Macy Chiasson and Derek Brunson, giving him a total of 7 points. While Gillespie vs. Riddell was cancelled last minute, it wouldn’t have made a difference as both Sergio and Kai chose the same fighter. It’s 7-0 Sergio in this one, with the writers back in the lead.