UFC 226 Still Has Historic Ramifications Despite One Bout Scratched

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 3:52 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 4, 2018 3:52 PM UTC

In the main event, Stipe Miocic can cement himself as the greatest heavyweight in UFC history, while Daniel Cormier can become only the third fighter to hold world titles in two different weight classes. Most of the focus will be on this match after the Max Holloway withdrew from his clash with Brian Ortega because of concussion-like symptoms.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/boxing-mma-ufc-betting/" title="UFC Betting Forum">Saturday's UFC 226</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/daniel-cormier-vs-stipe-miocic-3420481/" title="Fight Odds">Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free UFC Pick: Cormier +218</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4573&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3420481, "sportsbooksIds":[238,169,274,1096,93], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Stipe Miocic will defend his heavyweight title against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event. People have been betting against Miocic for years and the Cleveland heavyweight has proven them wrong time and time again. But oddsmakers have finally warmed up to Miocic as the prohibitive favorite against Cormier. The problem is, this is probably the wrong time for Miocic to be such a significant favorite.</p><p>Coming off a decision victory over the heavy-handed Francis Ngannou, Miocic broke the record for consecutive title defenses at three. The victory brought his current winning streak to six fights with all but one ending inside of the distance. There’s a legitimate argument that can be made if he gets past Cormier that he, not Fedor Emelianenko, is the greatest heavyweight of all-time.</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/" title="UFC Betting Odds">Miocic is a -230 favorite with a line that’s trending up</a> after opening at -190. However, Cormier might be getting disrespected just a tad.</p><p>The only person Cormier has lost to is a man who most consider the greatest fighter of all-time in Jon Jones. A decision loss at UFC 182 and a knockout loss at UFC 214, that was later overturned to a no contest after Jones failed a drug test, are the only blemishes on Cormier’s record. Perhaps more important is that Cormier is unbeaten as a heavyweight. People tend to forget that the current champion at 205 pounds ran through the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix with dominant performances against Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva and was on his way to title contention after posting victories against Roy Nelson and Frank Mir during his UFC tenure. The only reason Cormier left the division was because of his teammate Cain Velasquez. But with the former heavyweight champion hampered with numerous injuries, DC gets the opportunity to finish what he originally started.</p><p>He hasn’t fought as a heavyweight in over four years and perhaps that is part of the reason why he comes in as a +210 underdog. Considering Cormier’s ability as a wrestler and severely underrated standup, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">there’s a lot to like here from the underdog</a>.</p><p>Cormier is certainly going to be the smaller fighter heading into this fight but that has never been an issue for him. He possesses incredible strength in the clinch and can take down anybody on any given night. This is going to be a different world than what Miocic is used to as his previous opponents — aside from Fabricio Werdum — were all primarily standup fighters with little regard for the ground game. For the first time, Miocic is going to have to deal with a highly decorated wrestler with excellent conditioning. His best bet is to keep the distance and control the fight with his jab. But something tells me that Cormier is going to find his way inside and make this fight ugly in a hurry.</p><p>If that’s what takes place, it will be interesting to see if Miocic can keep the world-class wrestler from putting him on his back for five rounds. If this was closer to even money, the suggestion would be to stay away but this is far too tantalizing to turn down.</p><p>Cormier has a legitimate shot at walking away as a two-division champion and is absolutely something you should find value in.</p><p>[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/FzlegGusNYs", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p>
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