The Ultimate Writer: Season 3 is a competition that features 16 of the best combat sports content creators around the world in a competition of article views. Winners this season are determined weekly, however for this past week specifically, highest total view count secured the writers a win.
This fourth card showcased an insane clash in our main event. The 2x TUW runner-up Connor Rogowsky took on the Newbie front-runner, Kevin Varghese. In the co-main event, we had last year’s Ultimate Writer winner, Katie Vega taking on her former partner and surging newcomer, Dylan Fritts.
Below are the results for the fourth round of TUW.
Connor Rogowsky (584 Total Views) def. Kevin Varghese (506 Total Views) via split decision.
This main event will definitely go down in The Ultimate Writer history. It was back and forth the entire week and Kevin had the lead up until the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards last night. In true Veteran fashion, Connor knew he had some making up to do. Knowing the competition best having competed every season thus far, a Conor McGregor presenting at the VMAs article did the trick.
When in doubt, trust in Conor… The crazy thing about this week was instead of individual article views getting you the win, your total views overall allowed you to move on to the next round. If rules were normal, Kevin would have won as he had the second highest viewed article among his Newbie teammates.
Katie Vega (517 Total Views) def. Dylan Fritts (208 Total Views) via second-round TKO.
This was another matchup that came down to the very last minute. Dylan was leading all week with his article highlighting pro wrestling and swerves. That was until the Conor McGregor and Machine Gun Kelly news went viral and Katie capitalized publishing the article before any other MMA news source. That put her way over the edge, claiming the highest viewed article for the Veterans this week.
The Veterans seem to be working well together, despite the round being an individual matchup. They took out every Newbie in the game and it’s look like an all-Veteran semi-finals. But who knows what could happen…
Cole Henry (274 Total Views) def. Austin Luff (47 Total Views) via first-round TKO.
The underdog wasn’t able to get it done. Cole has been the one to beat this season, but it looks like everyone else is starting to catch up to him. Although he is producing new content, none of it is doing as well as his Random Joe article. He may have to pull some new tricks up his sleeve if he wants to go all the way though.
Unfortunately for Austin, Jake Paul couldn’t help him this week. He becomes the only Veteran to be left out of semi-finals, but there still could be hope. We still think he can get back into the competition somehow.
Juan Reneo (212 Total Views) def. Ryan Truland (167 Total Views) via third-round submission.
Our underrated matchup to watch was a good one, as expected. After coming back into the competition together, Juan officially eliminates Ryan from the bracket. His article on the AEW mobile game is still resonating with our readers. This is another matchup that is interesting due to the rule change for the week.
If this week was about individual highest viewed article vs. highest viewed article, then Ryan would have won. But his rule changes to MMA article wasn’t able to rack in the views to put him over the edge.
Jake Foley (19 Total Views) def. Greg Matthews (0 Total Views) via first-round TKO.
This was a bummer. Greg came into the competition to replace someone who was inactive and did the exact same thing… Nothing. A win is a win though, and Jake gets his first one on TUW with his column on Regional Prospects to Watch each week.
Jake’s column will going on The Scrap’s YouTube page in the very near future, so stay tuned for that.
Josh Diaz (404 Total Views) def. Leif Payne (23 Total Views) via first-round flashy KO in 13 seconds.
Uhm… Josh came out of literally no where… After back-to-back-to-back losses, he finally gets his first win of the season in a dominate fashion. Josh had the highest viewed article this week talking about potential matchups to consider for the next Ultimate Fighter.
As for Leif, he can’t seem to catch a break, losing his fourth matchup in a row. He’s been writing great content, including a piece on Evander Holyfield before his return to the ring. If Josh gets back in the competition, can he go all the way and become a Cinderella story in the competition? Tune in next week to find out…
Brandon Sibcy (29 Total Views) & Akhilesh Gannavarapu (0 Total Views) via first-round flying armbar.
It’s nice to see Brandon back in the win column, but he just slid by, defeating his partner from last week. Akhilesh did not get a single view this week unfortunately, which was quite sad. His pieces have been great thus far.
Brandon keeps getting on the view board with an old article on the Neo-Samurai. We’ll see what he does next round, until then this matchup was a wash.
Doug Murray (35 Total Views) def. Lee Brown (30 Total Views) via split decision.
What a card opener we had! The former partners who lost their spots on the TUW bracket went head-to-head this week and were only 5 views apart. Doug has a lot of potential at The Scrap and this competition, but he needs to find his footing. We’re excited to see more content like his Carlos Mota Exclusive.
As for Lee, he works so hard we appreciate him. An old article on weight cutting put him on the view board this week. So we hope for new content this upcoming week!
See the updated Season 3 Bracket below.
This week was an elimination round and the writer from each team with the lowest article views will be axed from the competition. This week, that was Akhilesh Gannavarapu and Greg Matthews. They will join Doug Murray and Lee Brown in the eliminated bracket.
The Veterans did it again, beating the Newbies 5-3 again in round four. These Veterans really know how to maneuver in the game, it’s nice to see. No matter if the Newbies have been absolutely killing it, they rise to the occasion ever single time. But there’s always twists… So who knows what will happen next.
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