Daniel Cormier v Stipe Miocic 2 UFC 241 Tips - DC to retain UFC Heavyweight Championship

  • Main event: Daniel Cormier v Stipe Miocic
  • Co-main: Anthony Pettis v Nate Diaz
Daniel Cormier (PA Images)

UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 will be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Sunday, August 18 at 12:00pm AEST.

The main event is a rematch for the UFC Heavyweight Title with champion Daniel Cormier defending against Stipe Miocic. 

The co-main event is a Welterweight bout between Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz. 

Here are our predictions and best bets for the card.

Daniel Cormier v Stipe Miocic

UFC Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier defends his title against #1 Stipe Miocic in a rematch of their UFC 226 fight. Miocic lost his belt to DC that night with DC winning via KO in the first round. Cormier then successfully defended his title over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230.

DC has only lost once in his career; that was to Jon Jones. He was beaten again by Jones, but the decision was overturned to a no contest after Jones tested positive to turinabol. 

Looking at their records, Cormier boasts a 22-1-0, 1NC resume while Miocic has an 18-3-0 record. Miocic is 6’5” and has a 7.5-inch reach advantage. 

DC has an extra fight under his belt since the two men last met and we believe the same result will occur with Cormier reigning supreme to remain the UFC Heavyweight champion of the world. 

Anthony Pettis v Nate Diaz

The co-main event is a Welterweight bout between Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and Nate Diaz. Pettis was successful with a KO victory over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in March. Diaz returns to the octagon for the first time since August 2016 when losing to Conor McGregor; he had beaten McGregor in their previous fight via submission.

A big break could play into the hands of Pettis who has had seven fights since Diaz last fought. Diaz will have a 3.5-inch reach advantage over Showtime. Both men have similar records with Pettis 22-8-0 and Diaz 20-11-0.

It is important to note that Pettis will have a two-inch leg reach advantage and we expect to see a lot of leg strikes from Showtime. Diaz lands 4.64 significant strikes per minute compared to Pettis at 2.87. Pettis will have to weather more damage from Diaz but he should be able to do enough to either win on the judge’s scorecards, or by stopping Diaz in his long-awaited return.

Raphael Assuncao v Cory Sandhagen 

A Bantamweight bout between Raphael Assuncao and Cory Sandhagen will take place on the Preliminary Card. Sandhagen has an 11-1 record and Assuncao has a 27-6 record. 

The odds look right for this fight with Sandhagen at $1.53 and Assuncao at $2.50. We expect Sandhagen to land more significant strikes than his opponent and the stats back up that claim – 8.89 landed per minute compared to 3.34 by Assuncao. 

This fight could go the distance and we expect Sandhagen to come out on top via decision. 

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