Writer vs. Fighter: UFC Vegas 32

This week’s Writer vs. Fighter features Cageside Press’ Justin Gibbons, and hot rising prospect, Carlos Mota, making their picks for UFC Vegas 32.

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 32. 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
Bryan Barberena def. Gabriel Gonzalez (8-5) – UFC Vegas 31

The fighters finally broke the streak last week. It took a perfect performance from Bryan “Bam Bam” Barberena, but he got one back. The current lead for the writers still stands at 11-7. Let’s see if the fighters can keep the ball rolling.

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.

Justin Gibbons takes up the reigns for team Cageside Press this week with his UFC Vegas 32 picks. Up against him is recent LFA winner and undefeated prospect, Carlos Mota. Let’s see who they picked.

Yet again the winner will not be decided with the top 3 fights. Both our writer and fighter like the same people at the top of the UFC Vegas 32 card. Each will be riding with Cory Sandhagen to fend off the return of TJ Dillashaw. They both also like Kyler Phillips and Adrian Yanez to get the job done in their respective fights.

So the difference will have to come down to the dogs and the locks. For locks, Gibbons will be going with flyweight Miranda Maverick who is hoping to continue her rise to the top of the division against Maycee Barber. Mota, meanwhile, is going with Punahele Soriano against Brendan Allen in a middleweight tilt. For an underdog, Gibbons has Andre Ewell looking for the upset against Julio Arce. Mota is taking the veteran Darren Elkins against Derrick Minner.

May the best writer/fighter win! Check back here to see the results following the conclusion of UFC Vegas 32.