Writer vs. Fighter: UFC 260

UFC 260 Writer vs Fighter featuring Vince Morales
Credit: Cageside Press

IIIIITTTTTTT’S TIME! For another round of Writer vs Fighter, where we pit those who punch against those who scribe in a theoretical cage. Each combatant throws their picks in the ring and they duke it out to see who is supreme. This week joining us is UFC bantamweight, Vince Morales.

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
Sergio Pineiro def. Kai Kamaka III (7-0) – UFC Vegas 22

With Sergio’s dominant performance last week, the writers take the slimmest of leads 5-4, with a single draw in the series so far.

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.

The aforementioned Vince Morales will be representing the fighters this week. And who better to lead the recently leading writer team than Cageside Press’ lead correspondent, Gabriel Gonzalez. Double G is on the ground at UFC 260, so don’t miss a chance to catch all his coverage. Now let’s take a look at some picks.

It looks like nothing will be decided with the main fights of the night as for the first time ever, our combatants completely agree. Both are backing the champ in the main event. Both are also down on the former champ, Tyron Woodley as he fights Vicente Luque. Neither is willing to go underdog in our featured fight either, with both going with the heavy favorite, Sean O’Malley.

Where the fight will have to be decided is with underdogs and locks. For the locks, Double G went with Miranda Maverick, who is booked with Gillian Robertson…. again, while Morales went with light heavyweight Alonzo Menifield, who is taking on a short notice opponent. For the underdogs, Gonzalez is backing Jamie Mullarkey to beat Khama Worthy. Meanwhile, Morales will ride with Modestas Bukauskas to beat Michal Oleksiejczuk in another light heavyweight match-up.

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

Results: Gabriel Gonzalez saw both his dog and lock cash in, while Morales came up just short. The writers take this one 7-4!