UFC fight predictions and analysis
CAGERANK PREDICTION Who will win - Cormier vs Belfort

2,234

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WINNER

WINNER
Cormier

prediction

BY Decision

prediction
52% chance Cormier
WILL WIN

2,220

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Differences What advantages does each fighter have?
Advantages for Daniel Cormier
Much better submission offense 8.0 vs 6.9 More than 15% better at securing submissions; more ways to win
Much stronger takedown offense 8.5 vs 7.5 More than 10% stronger at taking people to the ground; can force the fight to the mat
Better takedown defense 9.6 vs 9.2 Around 5% better at avoiding being taken down
Heavier 205 lbs vs 184 lbs More than 10% heavier ; harder for lighter weight opponents to control
Slightly younger 39 years vs 41 years Around 5% younger ; less time being ground down in the octagon
Advantages for Vitor Belfort
Much heavier hands 10.0 vs 8.5 Around 20% better at knocking out good defenders
Fast finishes 10.0 vs 8.7 Around 15% better at finishing the fight quickly; minimize risk of injury or loss
Much harder to hit 9.8 vs 9.1 Around 10% better at dodging and blocking powerful blows; endures less damage
Longer reach 188 cm vs 184 cm Almost the same
Slightly taller 183 cm vs 180 cm Almost the same
Cormier on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Belfort’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Daniel
Cormier
In 15:00, how much damage will he do? Cormier Belfort
Significant Strikes50
Cormier's excellent striking offense is matched by Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 135 Significant Strikes in 15:00
Excellent
Striking
vs
Excellent
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns2
Cormier's average takedown offense won't be a factor against Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 8 Takedowns in 15:00
Average
Takedown ability
vs
Excellent
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Cormier has a reasonable chance to win by knockout
Excellent
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Cormier has a reasonable chance to win by submission
Excellent
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Cormier is unlikely to win by decision
Good
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
Belfort on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Cormier’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Vitor
Belfort
In 15:00, how much damage will he do? Belfort Cormier
Significant Strikes76
Belfort's excellent striking offense will dominate Cormier's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 135 Significant Strikes in 15:00
Excellent
Striking
vs
Good
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns0
Belfort's below average takedown offense won't be a factor against Cormier's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 8 Takedowns in 15:00
Below average
Takedown ability
vs
Excellent
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Belfort has a reasonable chance to win by knockout
Excellent
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Belfort is unlikely to win by submission
Below average
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Belfort is unlikely to win by decision
Below average
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
OFFENSE Who’s better on the attack?

striking

Who can land devastating blows when it matters?
fighter Cormier 9.2
fighter Belfort 9.2
Great striking by Belfort
12 strikes Nov 09, 2013 vs Henderson
18 strikes Jan 19, 2013 vs Bisping
6 strikes Jan 24, 2009 vs Lindland

takedowns

Who's going to take it to the ground?
fighter Cormier 8.5
fighter Belfort 7.6
Great takedowns by Cormier
3 takedowns Oct 19, 2013 vs Nelson
4 takedowns Jan 12, 2013 vs Staring
4 takedowns May 19, 2012 vs Barnett

knockouts

Who's better at knocking out opponents?
fighter Cormier 8.5
fighter Belfort 10.0
Great knockouts by Belfort
Round 1 Nov 09, 2013 vs Henderson
Round 2 Jan 19, 2013 vs Bisping
Round 1 Sep 19, 2009 vs Franklin

submissions

Who can finish it on the ground?
fighter Cormier 8.0
fighter Belfort 6.9
Great submissions by Cormier
Round 2 Apr 08, 2017 vs Johnson
Round 3 May 24, 2014 vs Henderson
Round 1 Aug 13, 2010 vs Johnson

Fast finishes

Who can end the fight faster?
fighter Cormier 8.7
fighter Belfort 10.0
Fast finishes by Belfort
77 seconds Nov 09, 2013 vs Henderson
387 seconds Jan 19, 2013 vs Bisping
182 seconds Sep 19, 2009 vs Franklin
Cage Rank Over Time See how Cage Rank changes with each fight
legend Cormier
legend Belfort
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