International Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, one of the greatest cards on paper we’ve seen in some time. This card is piled to bottom — I would seriously recommend watching nearly all the bouts on this card but that doesn’t always lend itself well to bettors. Don’t worry, I am here to bring you an in-depth breakdown and prediction for every fight on the primary 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 assembled his game around his world-class boxing skills. He constantly probes with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to cancel. That being said, Miocic might be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with more power in his brief punches than most people have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler who has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these skills are used defensively but Miocic may also use them to wear down opponents — see his latest bout vs Francis Ngannou. When he’s one big drawback, it’s his defense. He has a terrible 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 can get his competitor’s back against the cage and begin working his enormous selection of takedowns. If he gets on top, DC is a master at making his opponent work while giving them nowhere to go. His striking is not the sexiest however, the meat-and-potatoes approach is getting an excellent secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he is known to be a heavyweight — 13-0 in the weight class — his height and reach disadvantage is going to be pronounced in this one.
Unlike the betting odds, I wouldn’t be shocked if Cormier won this struggle. The only man to beat him is Jon Jones. However, Miocic is an excellent boxer who will utilize his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier along with the heavyweight winner’s wrestling background means that he won’t be steamrolled by the former Olympian.
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