Global Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, among the greatest cards on paper we have seen in some time. This card is piled to bottom — I would seriously recommend watching nearly all the bouts with this card but that doesn’t always lend itself nicely to bettors. Don’t worry, I am here to bring you an in-depth breakdown and prediction for every fight on the main 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 boxing skills. He always probes together with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to cancel. That having been said, Miocic could be better if he’s fighting in a phone booth with more energy in his short punches than many people have, period. Additionally, the reigning champion is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his style excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these skills are used defensively but Miocic will also use them to wear down opponents — see his most recent bout versus Francis Ngannou. When he’s one big drawback, it’s his defense. He’s got a bad tendency to have a hit to provide a hit.
Cormier (+195) is first and foremost a series 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 selection of takedowns. If he reaches top, DC is a master at making his competitor work while giving them nowhere to go. His striking is not the sexiest but the meat-and-potatoes strategy is getting an excellent secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he’s 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 an excellent fighter that will make use of 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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