Global 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 would seriously recommend watching nearly all of the bouts with 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 fight on the main 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 abilities. He always probes with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That being said, Miocic might be better when he’s 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 personality excellently to MMA. Generally, these skills are utilized but Miocic may also use them to wear down opponents — see his most recent bout vs Francis Ngannou. If he has one big drawback, it is his defense. He’s got a terrible tendency to have a hit to give a hit.
Cormier (+195) is first and foremost a series wrestling expert. The former Olympian is at his best when he can get his competitor’s back against the cage and begin working his vast selection of takedowns. If he reaches top, DC is a master at making his opponent work while offering them nowhere to go. His striking isn’t the sexiest however, the meat-and-potatoes approach is getting an superb secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he’s proven as a heavyweight — 13-0 in the weight class — his height and reach disadvantage is going to probably be announced in this one.
Contrary to the gambling odds, I wouldn’t be shocked if Cormier won this fight. The only person to ever 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 winner’s wrestling background means he won’t be steamrolled by the former Olympian.
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