Writer vs. Fighter: UFC Vegas 27

    UFC Vegas 27

    This week’s Writer vs. Fighter features Cageside Press’ matchmaker extraordinaire, Mike Lynch, and Bellator veteran Christian Edwards making their picks for UFC Vegas 27.

    It’s that time again. Time to pit those who punch faces against those who describe the action. A writer and a fighter will face off for pick supremacy.

    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
    Gumby Vreeland def. Kyle Nelson (4-2) – UFC 262

    With yours truly picking up the win last week, writers now lead 8-6 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.

    This week, our matchmaker extraordinaire, Mike Lynch, takes the reigns for the first time for the writers. Standing metaphorically across from him is Bellator-veteran, Christian Edwards. Let’s see how the picks look:

    UFC Vegas 27

    There won’t be anything decided on the main card this weekend as both of our combatants have gone with identical picks at the top. Both men like Cody Garbrandt to beat Rob Font in the bantamweight main event. Both are backing another former champion in Carla Esparza in the co-main. And they both like the Swede Jack Hermansson to beat Edmen Shahbazyan.

    The locks and dogs is where men will be made this weekend at UFC Vegas 27. Our writer will be going with both Damirs. Damir Ismagulov will be his lock, while Damir Hadzovic will take his dog spot. Ben Rothwell will serve as Edwards’ dog in his fight with newcomer Chris Barnett. He’ll go with Claudio Silva in his dog spot.

    May the best writer/fighter win! We’ll have the results up after the conclusion of UFC Vegas 27!