UFC 226 Predictions and Betting Odds

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International Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, among the best cards on paper we have seen in some time. This card is stacked top to bottom — I would seriously advise watching nearly all of the bouts on this card but that doesn’t always lend itself well to bettors. Don’t 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 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 constantly probes with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to cancel. That being said, Miocic could be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with more energy in his short punches than most people have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these skills are used defensively but Miocic may also use them offensively to wear down opponents — view his most recent bout versus Francis Ngannou. If he has one big negative, it is his defense. He has a terrible tendency to have a hit to give a hit.
Cormier (+195) is first and foremost a series 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 array of takedowns. If he gets on top, DC is a master in making his competitor work when offering 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 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 gambling 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 boxer who will make use of his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier along with the heavyweight winner’s wrestling background means he won’t be steamrolled from the former Olympian.

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