International Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, among the best cards on paper we have seen in a while. This card is stacked top to bottom — I would seriously advise watching nearly every one the bouts with this card but that does not always lend itself well to bettors. Don’t 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
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Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier
Miocic (-250) has built his match 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 might be better if he is fighting in a phone booth with more energy in his short punches than most humans have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler who has adapted his style excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these skills are used defensively but Miocic will also use them offensively to wear down opponents — see his most recent bout versus Francis Ngannou. When he’s one big drawback, it is his defense. He’s got a terrible tendency to take 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 opponent’s back against the cage and start working his enormous selection of takedowns. If he gets on top, DC is a master at making his opponent work when giving them go. His striking is not the sexiest however, the meat-and-potatoes strategy is getting 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 will be pronounced in this one.
Unlike the betting odds, I would not be shocked if Cormier won this fight. The only man to beat him is Jon Jones. But, Miocic is an excellent fighter that can utilize his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier and the heavyweight champion’s wrestling background means that he won’t be steamrolled from the former Olympian.
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