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UFC 226 Main Card Picks
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Las Vegas is a city well known for being the fight capital of the world. This weekend, instead of a boxing ring being set up in Sin City, it will be the Octagon that goes up in preparation for UFC 226. The main card will feature 5 big fights, with all the action starting at 10 PM EST on Saturday, July 7.

Miocic and Cormier will be squaring off in the headline event, and we will take a closer look at that bout in this piece. We also have all the odds for the other fights on the main card, and we will throw in some predictions for good measure, so let’s get right to the action.

Event Information
What: UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier
When: July 7, 2018 at 10:00 PM ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, United States
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Main Card
-- Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier (Heavyweight Title Fight)
**OFF** -- Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega (Featherweight Title Fight)
-- Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis
-- Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
-- Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree

Undercard
-- Uriah Hall vs. Paulo Henrique Costa
-- Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font
-- Curtis Millender vs. Max Griffin
-- Gilbert Burns vs. Daniel Hooker
-- Lando Vannata vs. Drakkar Klose
-- Jamie Moyle vs. Emily Whitmire

Main Card Picks

Gokhan Saki (-140) vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. (+110)

Saki is a fighter that not a lot of UFC fans are going to know, as his experience here is limited at best. That’s not to say he is totally raw, though, as he has been fighting since 2000, compiling an 83-12 record in that time. Saki has tremendous hand speed, which he is going to need to employ to keep the very dangerous Rountree Jr. at bay. Khalil comes into this one with a 7-3 record and will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing his last fight back in December. This could be a very good fight, but my money is on Saki and the amazing power he possesses.

Michael Chiesa (-150) vs. Anthony Pettis (+130)

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We have two fighters here with great UFC records that they achieved using contrasting styles. Chiesa is 14-3, with the majority of his wins coming via submission. Pettis, on the other hand, is all about using his boxing skills, with most of his 20 career wins coming by way of the KO. The problem for Pettis is that he is on an absolutely awful run of form, losing 5 of his last 7 fights. Chiesa also lost his last bout, but it is worth noting that he is yet to lose back to back fights in his UFC career. It is for that reason why I think Chiesa gets the win.

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Francis Ngannou (-375) vs. Derrick Lewis (+275)

Ngannou is a man in form coming into this one, having had 5 wins in his last 6 fights, with the only loss coming at the hands of Stipe Miocic. Overall, Ngannou is 11-2 in his UFC career, with 6 of those wins coming via KO. Lewis is going to be a heck of an opponent, as this big man possesses a ton of stopping power. Lewis has a career mark of 19-5, with 17 of those wins coming via KO. Ngannou will want to get this one over quickly, as his fight with Miocic proved that he gets progressively worse the longer a fight lasts. I am taking Lewis at a very nice price here.

Editor's Note - UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was forced to pull out of the UFC 226 co-main event after showing concussion-like symptoms.

Max Holloway (-150) vs. Brian Ortega (+120)

Holloway is coming into this bout with a full head of steam, as he has won each of his last 12 fights, taking his career mark to 19-3. Ortega comes into this fight with an unblemished 14-0 record, with the majority of his wins coming via submission. He will be looking to get Holloway on the mat as quickly as possible here, but he is going to have a tough time doing that against Holloway’s impressive takedown defense. I am on Holloway for the win here.

Stipe Miocic (-240) vs. Daniel Cormier (+200)

A pair of heavyweights will step into the Octagon for a title fight to close out UFC 226. Miocic is the defending champ and comes in with a record of 18-2, with most of those wins coming via the KO. Cormier is an absolute beast, coming into this title fight with a 20-1 record, which he got to by using power and submissions to get those wins. I think this has the potential to be a great fight, but I am taking Miocic to defend the crown.

  
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