International Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, among the best cards on paper we have seen in some time. This card is stacked top to bottom — I’d seriously advise watching nearly all the bouts on 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 built 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 having been said, Miocic could be better if he is fighting in a phone booth with much more power in his brief punches than most people have, period. In addition, the reigning champion is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his style excellently to MMA. Generally, these skills are utilized but Miocic may also use them to wear down opponents — view his most recent bout vs Francis Ngannou. When he’s one big negative, it is his defense. He has a bad tendency to take a hit to provide a hit.
Cormier (+195) is first and foremost a series wrestling pro. The former Olympian is at his best when he could get his opponent’s back from the cage and start working his enormous selection of takedowns. If he reaches top, DC is a master in making his opponent work while giving them go. His striking isn’t the sexiest however, the meat-and-potatoes approach is getting an superb secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he is known to be a heavyweight — 13-0 in the weight class — his height and reach disadvantage will probably be announced in this one.
Unlike the gambling odds, I would not be shocked if Cormier won this fight. The only person to beat him is Jon Jones. However, Miocic is a great boxer who can utilize his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier along with the heavyweight champion’s wrestling background means he won’t be steamrolled from the former Olympian.
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