Writer vs. Fighter: UFC Vegas 31

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This week’s Writer vs. Fighter features Cageside Press’ feet on the ground, Gabriel Gonzalez, and UFC’s Bryan Barberena making their picks for UFC Vegas 31.

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 31. 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
Sergio Pinheiro def. Terrance McKinney (5-4) – UFC Vegas 30
Dave Tramonte def. Ike Villanueva (5-4) – UFC 264

Another win for the writers last time out! The current lead stands at 11-6. Let’s see if the writers are able to pour it on any more than they already have.

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, our own Gabriel Gonzalez logs his picks for the writers. He’ll be taking on welterweight stalwart Bryan Barberena. Let’s see where they went with their picks.

Not a whole lot of variation for the showdown this week. In fact, all three of the feature fights are agreed upon by our pundit and our pugilist. Each of them is going with Islam Makhachev to beat Thiago Moises, Miesha Tate to win her comeback fight over Marion Reneau, and Mateusz Gamrot to take out Jeremy Stephens. They also went with the same exact lock – Daniel Rodriguez who faces late replacement Preston Parsons.

So if there is to be a winner this week, it’ll come on the underdog picks. Double G is riding with Monserrat Ruiz who looks for her second straight win in the UFC. Barberena on the other hand is going with Billy Quarantillo who looks to get back into the win column after his first loss.

May the best writer/fighter win! Check back here to see the results following the conclusion of UFC Vegas 31.

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