Global Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, among the best cards on paper we have seen in some time. 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 well to bettors. Do not worry, I am here to bring you an in-depth breakdown and forecast for every 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 game around his world boxing abilities. He constantly probes together 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 energy in his brief punches than many humans have, period. In addition, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his style excellently to MMA. Generally, these abilities are used defensively but Miocic will also use them to wear down opponents — view his latest bout vs Francis Ngannou. When he has one big drawback, it is his defense. He has a bad 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 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 in making his competitor work when giving them go. His striking is not the sexiest but the meat-and-potatoes strategy has become an excellent 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 be pronounced in this one.
Contrary to the betting odds, I would not be shocked if Cormier won this struggle. The only man to beat him is Jon Jones. But, Miocic is an excellent boxer who can make use of his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier along with the heavyweight winner’s wrestling background means he will not be steamrolled from the former Olympian.
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