Global Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, one of the greatest cards on paper we have seen in a while. This card is stacked top to bottom — I’d seriously recommend watching nearly all of the bouts on this card but that doesn’t always lend itself nicely to bettors. Do not worry, I am here to bring you a comprehensive breakdown and prediction for every single fight on the primary card of UFC 226.
2018 Prediction Record To Date
Straight Up Picking Favorites 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 with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to cancel. That being said, Miocic could be better if he is fighting in a phone booth with much more power in his brief punches than many people have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler who has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these abilities are utilized but Miocic will also use them offensively to wear down opponents — view his latest bout vs Francis Ngannou. If he has one big drawback, it’s his defense. He has a terrible tendency to have a hit to give a hit.
Cormier (+195) is first and foremost a chain wrestling pro. The former Olympian is at his best when he could get his competitor’s back against the cage and start working his enormous array of takedowns. If he gets on top, DC is a master at making his competitor work when offering them go. His striking isn’t the sexiest however, the meat-and-potatoes approach has become an superb secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he’s 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 fight. The only person to beat him is Jon Jones. But, 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 won’t be steamrolled from the former Olympian.
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