Writer vs. Fighter: UFC 265

This week’s Writer vs. Fighter features Cageside Press’ resident news-breaker, Alex Behunin, and PFL’s face-breaker, Brok Weaver, making their picks for UFC Vegas 265.

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 265. 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
Carlos Mota def. Justin Gibbons (4-1) – UFC Vegas 32
Roque Martinez def. Jason Rees (5-1) – UFC Vegas 33

Roque Martinez continues the hot streak for the fighters thanks largely to a nice prediction in the main event and with the underdog Jared Gooden. The fighters have now closed the gap to 11-9 and look to make it even closer this weekend at UFC 265.

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, Cageside Press’ Alex Behunin tries to stop the bleeding for the writers. To do so, he’ll have to fend of Brok Weaver who looks to make it 4 straight for the fighters. Let’s take a look at the picks.

The main card is a little more varied than in the past weeks. While both guys agree that Vicente Luque will beat Michael Chiesa, they are split on the main and co-main events. Behunin likes Cyril Gane and Pedro Munoz to get the job done in those fights. Weaver meanwhile likes Derrick Lewis and Jose Aldo.

The real difference might be made on the prelims though in the featured bout between Bobby Green and Rafael Fiziev. Weaver is riding with Green as his dog and Behunin is on Fiziev as his lock – that’s a 5 point swing one way or another. The rest of the picks are rounded out with Weaver taking Melissa Gatto as a lock and Behunin taking Vince Morales as his dog.

May the best writer/fighter win! Check back here to see the results following the conclusion of UFC 265.