Writer vs. Fighter: UFC Vegas 29

This week’s Writer vs. Fighter features Cageside Press’ own Heath Harshman, and UFC’s Steven Peterson making their picks for UFC Vegas 29.

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 at UFC Vegas 29. 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 (4-4) – UFC Vegas 27
Doug Murray DRAW Ramiz Brahimaj (6-6) – UFC Vegas 28
Joe McDonagh def. Domingo Pilarte (8-6) – UFC 263

With the perfect score from our own Bellator ranking panelist, Joe McDonagh, Domingo Pilarte stood no change. With that the writers take a 9-6 lead.

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, Heath Harshman takes his second go for the home squad. Last time out, he was bested by Austin Arnett. This time, he’ll take on Steven Peterson, fresh off of his win over Chase Hooper. Here’s how they picked.

There’s little variance in the main card. Both guys are riding with Dan Ige in the razor close main event. They both also like Marlon Vera to take the rematch against Davey Grant. Someone will grab the upper hand though in the co-main, where Harshman has Sergey Spivak, and Peterson has gone with the submission king Oleinik.

The locks should make things interesting being as they took fighters from the same fight. Harshman likes the underdog Matt Brown to take home two points for him, while Peterson is going with Dhiego Lima. For underdogs we have Julian Erosa for Cageside Press and Ricky Glenn for the fighters side.

May the best writer/fighter win! We’ll have the results up after the conclusion of UFC Vegas 29!