International Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, one of the greatest cards on paper we have seen in a while. This card is piled to bottom — I’d seriously advise watching nearly every one the bouts with this card but that doesn’t always lend itself well to bettors. Do not worry, I am here to bring you a comprehensive 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 together with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That being said, Miocic might be better if he’s fighting in a phone booth with much more power in his short punches than most humans have, period. In addition, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his style excellently to MMA. Generally, these skills are utilized but Miocic will also use them to wear down opponents — see his latest bout vs Francis Ngannou. When he’s one big negative, it’s his defense. He has a bad tendency to have a hit to provide a hit.
Cormier (+195) is first and foremost a series wrestling pro. The former Olympian is at his finest when he can get his opponent’s back against the cage and begin working his vast selection of takedowns. If he gets on top, DC is a master at making his competitor work when giving them go. His striking isn’t the sexiest however, the meat-and-potatoes strategy has become an excellent secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he is known to be a heavyweight — 13-0 at the weight class — his height and reach disadvantage will be pronounced in this one.
Contrary to the gambling odds, I would not be shocked if Cormier won this struggle. The only person to ever beat him is Jon Jones. However, Miocic is an excellent boxer who can utilize his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier and the heavyweight champion’s wrestling background means he won’t be steamrolled from the former Olympian.
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