UFC 226 Preview and Predictions

Finally the epic super fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will take place in Las Vegas tomorrow night. Unfortunately the co-main event between Brian Ortega and Max Holloway has been taken off the card. Max Holloway reportedly has blurry vision and signs of a concussion. It’s not clear yet if this was due to cutting too much weight. Hopefully Max heels up in the near future, and we get to see him go toe to toe against the undefeated Brian Ortega. Even with the Co-main event off the card, there are still some epic fights on this card. Here are my predictions for tomorrow night’s main card.

Cormier vs Miocic: This is the biggest super fight in UFC history when it comes to skill. These two haven’t been hyping up this fight with trash talk, and rightfully so. MMA fans know what both men are capable of and know how skillful both fighters are. Stipe Miocic is all business in the octagon. Usually heavyweights don’t have the greatest footwork and speed, but Miocic is a different animal. He could be considered one of the best boxers in the UFC. Stipe has excellent footwork and hand speed, which is rare in the UFCs heavyweight division. Stipe also has one punch knock out power. Daniel Cormier on the other hand is easily the best wrestler in the UFC. Daniel Cormier’s game plan is to walk you down, tire you out, and out work you. His last performance at UFC 220 was easily one of his best. This is honestly a who the hell knows fight. Stipe has the size advantage, but other than that I think these two are neck and neck when it comes to skill. I feel like Stipe is just a different animal when he walks in that octagon. His heart and will to win are what makes Stipe so great. I think this is going to be a very close fight and it can honestly go either way, but my prediction for this one is Stipe gets his hand raised and wins via Decision.

Ngannou vs Lewis: This is by far one of the most interesting fights on the card. Every time two powerful heavyweights step in the octagon you know it’s going to be absolute chaos. Francis Ngannou is the most terrifying man to step inside that octagon. His knockout against Allistar Overeem will go down in history as one of the most brutal heavyweight knockouts in combat sports. Standing across from him though is another heavyweight with devastating knockout power and that’s the “Black Beast” Derrick Lewis. Lewis has 17 knockouts in MMA and surprisingly a lot of them have come in the later rounds of his fights. A lot of people are expecting this fight to end in round 1, and rightfully so. I think Derrick Lewis is going to surprise us though and try to take Ngannou down. Once Derrick Lewis gets on top of you it’s a whole different story. His ground and pound is some of the best in MMA. In order to take Francis down he has to survive the power of Francis Ngannou. I honestly have no idea how this fight is going to end, but expect absolute chaos. If you stuck a gun to my head and forced me to make a prediction I’m going with the underdog Derrick Lewis and I think he wins via 2nd round TKO.

Feb 19, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Derrick Lewis (red gloves) reacts after defeating Travis Browne (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Perry vs Felder: This fight was literally made a couple of days ago, but it should be a good one. Mike Perry has devastating power. Paul Felder needs to be smart and cautious while fighting a guy like Mike Perry. Felder needs to move around and be quick with his combinations. In past fights Mike Perry has been very stationary and hasn’t moved a lot. Perry is on a 2 fight losing streak and Felder is on 3 fight winning streak. This is another very interesting fight because it could go either way. It’s going to be interesting to see if Mike Perry’s move to Jackson Wink MMA has helped him improve his game at all. I think moving to Jackson Wink MMA was a very smart move by Perry and I think he wins this one via 3rd round TKO.

Chiesa vs Pettis: Two top ranked lightweights will also be going at it on this card. This fight was originally suppose to take place at UFC 223 but Chiesa was moved from the card after being injured in the McGregor bus incident. This fight comes down to one thing, what Anthony Pettis are we going to see tomorrow night. Are we going to see the old Show Time Pettis who’s an absolute killer inside that octagon? Or are we going to see the flat Anthony Pettis that we’ve seen in his past couple fights? I hope Pettis proves me wrong on this one, because I miss Show Time Pettis; but I think Chiesa wins this one by 2nd round submission.

Stephen Caloggero (@Steveo_Calo)

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