International Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, one of the best cards on paper we’ve seen in a while. This card is piled to bottom — I would seriously recommend watching nearly every one 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 an in-depth breakdown and forecast 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 assembled his match around his world-class boxing abilities. He constantly probes with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That having been said, Miocic might be better if he’s fighting in a phone booth with much more energy 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. Generally, these skills are used defensively but Miocic will also use them to wear down opponents — view his most recent bout versus Francis Ngannou. When he’s one big drawback, it is his defense. He’s got a bad tendency to take a hit to provide a hit.
Cormier (+195) is first and foremost a chain wrestling pro. The former Olympian is at his best when he can get his competitor’s back against the cage and begin working his vast array of takedowns. If he gets on top, DC is a master at making his competitor work while giving them go. His striking isn’t the sexiest however, the meat-and-potatoes approach is getting an excellent secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he is proven as a heavyweight — 13-0 at 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 man to beat him is Jon Jones. However, Miocic is a great boxer who can make use of his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier along with the heavyweight champion’s wrestling background means that he won’t be steamrolled by the former Olympian.
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