Global Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, one of the greatest cards on paper we’ve seen in a while. This card is stacked top to bottom — I would seriously recommend watching nearly all the bouts on this card but that does not always lend itself nicely to bettors. Do not worry, I am here to bring you an in-depth 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 boxing skills. He always 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 short 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 used defensively but Miocic may also use them to wear down opponents — view his most recent bout versus Francis Ngannou. When he’s one big negative, 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 chain wrestling expert. The former Olympian is at his finest when he can get his competitor’s back against the cage and begin working his enormous selection of takedowns. If he gets on top, DC is a master in making his competitor work while giving them nowhere to go. His striking isn’t the sexiest however, the meat-and-potatoes strategy is getting an superb secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he is proven as a heavyweight — 13-0 at the weight class — his height and reach disadvantage will probably be announced in this one.
Contrary to the betting odds, I wouldn’t be shocked if Cormier won this fight. The only person to beat him is Jon Jones. However, Miocic is an excellent fighter that can make use of his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier along with the heavyweight champion’s wrestling background means he will not be steamrolled from the former Olympian.