Global Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, one of the greatest cards on paper we’ve seen in a while. This card is piled to bottom — I’d seriously recommend watching nearly every one of the bouts with this card — but that doesn’t always lend itself well to bettors. Don’t worry, I am here to bring you a comprehensive breakdown and prediction for every single fight on the main card of UFC 226.
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Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier
Miocic (-250) has assembled his match around his world-class boxing abilities. He always probes with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to cancel. That having been said, Miocic could be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with much more power in his short punches than most humans have, period. In addition, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these abilities are used defensively but Miocic will also use them offensively to wear down opponents — see his most recent bout versus Francis Ngannou. If he’s one big drawback, it is his defense. He has 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 best when he could get his competitor’s back from 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 offering them nowhere to go. His striking is not the sexiest but the meat-and-potatoes approach has become an superb secondary skill set for Cormier. Though he is known to be a heavyweight — 13-0 in the weight class — his height and reach disadvantage is going to probably be announced in this one.
Unlike the betting odds, I would not be shocked if Cormier won this struggle. The only person to ever beat him is Jon Jones. However, Miocic is a great boxer who can utilize his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier and the heavyweight champion’s wrestling background means he will not be steamrolled by the former Olympian.
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