Global Fight Week culminates in UFC 226, one of 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 does not always lend itself well to bettors. Don’t worry, I am here to bring you a comprehensive breakdown and prediction for every fight on the main card of UFC 226. 2018 Prediction Record To Date Straight Up Selecting Notifications Picking Underdogs 27-19 23-13 4-6 Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier Miocic (-250) has assembled his game around his world boxing skills. He constantly probes with his long jab as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That having been said, Miocic could be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with much more energy in his brief punches than many people have, period. Additionally, the reigning champion is a former D1 wrestler who has adapted his style excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these skills are utilized but Miocic will also use them to wear down opponents — see his latest bout vs Francis Ngannou. When he’s one big drawback, it is his defense. He has a bad tendency to take 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 can get his opponent’s back from the cage and start working his enormous array of takedowns. If he reaches top, DC is a master at making his opponent work when offering them go. His striking isn’t 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 in the weight class — his height and reach disadvantage will be pronounced in this one. Unlike the betting odds, I wouldn’t be shocked if Cormier won this struggle. The only person to ever beat him is Jon Jones. But, Miocic is a great boxer who can make use of his reach advantage over the smaller Cormier and the heavyweight champion’s wrestling background means he won’t be steamrolled from the former Olympian. Read more: