Writer vs. Fighter: UFC Vegas 28

This week’s Writer vs. Fighter features Cageside Press’ Doug Murray, and UFC’s Ramiz Brahimaj making their picks for UFC Vegas 28.

It’s time for another battle for pick supremacy. We pit those who write about face punch with those who do the punching to see who knows more about what will go down. 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
Mike Lynch DRAW Christian Edwards – UFC Vegas 27

With last event’s draw, we’re stuck at 8-6 for the writers with two draws now on the board. The fighters will look to chip away again this week.

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, Doug Murray takes his second stab on the writer’s side. His first battle, he fell to Bryan Barberena. This time, he’ll take on Ramiz Brahimaj who will look to snag one away for the fighters. Let’s see the picks.

While the two agree on the main event, they don’t really agree on much else. Both are riding with Jairzinho Rozenstruik to pick up the victory over Augusto Sakai. However, they’re split in the co-main event with Murray taking Marcin Tybura and Brahimaj taking Walt Harris. They also split in our featured fight with the UFC veteran taking Miguel Baeza and the Cageside Press regular going with Santiago Ponzinibbio.

They keep the differences rolling with the locks and dogs. Murray will take Makwan Amirkhani for his lock and newcomer Gregory Rodrigues for his underdog. Brahimaj will work with Muslim Salikhov and Ilir Latifi in those two spots.

May the best writer/fighter win! We’ll have the results up after the conclusion of UFC Vegas 28!