International Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, among the best cards on paper we have seen in a while. This card is stacked top to bottom — I’d seriously recommend 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 an in-depth 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 with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to cancel. That having been said, Miocic might be better if he is fighting in a phone booth with more power in his brief punches than many humans have, period. In addition, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler who has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these abilities are used defensively but Miocic may also use them to wear down opponents — see his latest bout vs Francis Ngannou. If he has one big drawback, it is his defense. He has a terrible tendency to take a hit to provide a hit.
Cormier (+195) is first and foremost a series wrestling expert. The former Olympian is at his best when he could get his opponent’s back against the cage and start working his vast selection of takedowns. If he gets on top, DC is a master at making his opponent work when offering them go. His striking is not the sexiest however, the meat-and-potatoes strategy is getting an excellent secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he’s known to be a heavyweight — 13-0 at the weight class — his height and reach disadvantage will probably be announced in this one.
Contrary to the betting odds, I wouldn’t be shocked if Cormier won this fight. The only person to beat him is Jon Jones. But, Miocic is a great fighter that will make use of his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier along with the heavyweight champion’s wrestling background means he will not be steamrolled from the former Olympian.
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