Writer vs. Fighter: UFC 262

This week’s Writer vs. Fighter features Cageside Press’ Gumby Vreeland and UFC veteran Kyle Nelson making their picks for UFC 262.

That’s right, it’s time for another edition of everybody’s favorite pick showdown. Writer vs Fighter gives fighters a chance to strike back against those who write about them – in a figurative manner of course.

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
Gabriel Gonzalez def. Vince Morales (7-4) – UFC 260
Jordan Leavitt def. Rodney James Edgar (4-2) – UFC Vegas 23 
Ryan Fortune def. Rani Yahya (7-3) – UFC Vegas 24
Dakota Bush def. Dylan Bowker (6-5) – UFC 261
Bryson Hester def. Arlene Blencowe (3-0) – UFC Vegas 25
Nate Maness def. Justin Gibbons (4-3) – UFC Vegas 26

With the win from Maness last week, the fighter have once again inched within one event from tying the score. It now stands at 7-6 with a 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.

On this week’s edition, yours truly, Gumby Vreeland is getting back in there. After getting whipped by Sam Hughes earlier in the year, I’m taking another stab against Kyle “Monster” Nelson. Hopefully, he goes a tad easier on me. Here’s how the picks look:

The main card could not look more different for the two of us. We disagreed across the board. While I like the underdogs in two of the earlier matchups, in Tony Ferguson and Viviane Araujo, Nelson will be riding with the favorites in those. The script gets flipped in the main event, where he dug in for the underdog and former Bellator staple Michael Chandler. I stuck with the Brazilian favorite.

There isn’t any agreement on locks or dogs either, which could make this a wild set of results. I doubled down on the ladies side this weekend with my lock being Gina Mazany and my underdog being Andrea Lee. For his picks, he went with Shane Burgos as his lock in his battle with Edson Barboza. Then for his underdog, he expects Jacare to turn back the clock one more time.

May the best writer/fighter win! We’ll have the results up after the conclusion of UFC 262!