International Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, one of the best cards on paper we have seen in a while. This card is piled to bottom — I’d seriously advise watching nearly all the bouts on this card — but that does not always lend itself well to bettors. Don’t worry, I am here to bring you a comprehensive breakdown and prediction for every single fight on the main card of UFC 226.
2018 Prediction Record To Date
Straight Up Selecting Notifications Picking Underdogs
27-19 23-13 4-6
Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier
Miocic (-250) has built his game around his world-class boxing abilities. He constantly probes together with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That being said, Miocic might be better when he is fighting in a phone booth with more energy in his short punches than many humans have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Generally, these abilities are utilized but Miocic may also use them offensively to wear down opponents — view his most recent bout versus Francis Ngannou. If he has one big drawback, it is his defense. He’s got a bad tendency to take a hit to provide a hit.
Cormier (+195) is first and foremost a chain wrestling expert. The former Olympian is at his finest when he could get his competitor’s back against the cage and begin working his vast array of takedowns. If he gets on top, DC is a master in making his opponent work when giving them go. His striking is not the sexiest but the meat-and-potatoes strategy has become an excellent secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he is proven as a heavyweight — 13-0 at the weight class — his height and reach disadvantage is going to probably be announced in this one.
Unlike the betting odds, I would not be shocked if Cormier won this struggle. The only person to ever beat him is Jon Jones. However, Miocic is a great fighter that will utilize his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier along with the heavyweight winner’s wrestling background means he will not be steamrolled from the former Olympian.
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