Writer vs. Fighter: UFC Vegas 30

This week’s Writer vs. Fighter features Cageside Press’ own Sergio Pineiro, and UFC’s Terrance McKinney making their picks for UFC Vegas 30.

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 30. 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
Heath Harshman DRAW Steven Peterson (4-4) – UFC Vegas 29

With yet another draw, the third in 4 events, the writers hold their lead. The current lead stands at 9-6. Let’s see if the fighters can get something going.

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, Sergio Pineiro looks to pick up his second win on the circuit. Last time out, he bested Kai Kamaka. This time, he’ll virtually square off with recent UFC debutant Terrance McKinney. Let’s see if Sergio can avoid those big blows better than most of Terrance’s opponents.

Both the writer and fighter have a lot of similarities this week. Both of our combatants feel the same about both the heavyweight contests topping UFC Vegas 30. Each of them has selected Cyril Gane and Tanner Boser to beat their respective opponents. The similarities don’t stop there as each of them like the same lock – Shavkat Rahkmonov.

So the battle will have to be settled somewhere and settled it shall be. Each of them has gone with a different underdog. Pineiro is taking Yancy Medeiros over Damir Hadzovic in the early fight of the night. McKinney meanwhile likes Jai Herbert to beat Renato Moicano. They also differed in the featured fight. In that one, McKinney is riding with Timur Valiev and Pineiro will go with Raoni Barcelos.

May the best writer/fighter win! Check back here to see the results following the conclusion of UFC Vegas 30.