Miocic vs DC: Who’s hot and who’s not?
If the upcoming UFC 226 will be played on paper, then we can already predict the winner.
Days ahead of the highly-anticipated heavyweight bout, statistics revealed that the defending champion Stipe Miocic is the clear favorite to win the fight. But the question is: can Miocic translate these numbers to a victory this weekend?
The American-Croatian fighter leads three of the four most important stats over his equally-dangerous rival.
In knockdowns, Miocic has proved to be the better fighter as compared to Cormier. In his MMA career, Stipe averages an impressive 0.41 knockdowns for every 15 minutes, leaving this behind with just o.25. Although both of them have showcased textbook striking skills, the defending champion will be a step ahead of his challenger in this heavyweight match.
Talking about their striking differentials, Miocic still has the upper hand in this category against his opponent. This stat comprises the difference between the strike landed per minute and strikes absorbed per minute.
Miocic tallies a striking differential of 1.87 while Cormier is not too far behind at 1.37. Add to that, Miocic is way ahead of Cormier in terms of strikes at distance, with a success rate of 65% and 52% respectively.
Stats Say Stipe Miocic Has the Edge Over DC
But in terms of wrestling, this is where DC keeps the reigning titlist at bay.
As both heavily rely on wrestling base, the contrasting fighters have been able to log impressive numbers in this department, only Cormier is the more efficient. With a success rate of 42%, DC recorded 1.89 takedowns per minute. Miocic, on the other hand, has only booked 37%.
It is expected that these two will try to drag each other to the ground but that will be a tall order as both possess massive power.
Finally, on the defensive end, the Stoic has established a more solid coverage with 63.49% efficiency as compared to Cormier’s 58.13%.
But despite the advantages, Miocic claims that the impending clash is not much of big deal. For him, it is just another fight.
He shared his thoughts about the fight on this video below:
As the rule in sports say, games are not played in paper.
Come Sunday, all these statistics won’t matter. They both have great skills. Both are worthy of the title.
It all boils down to who wants it more.