Call this one a Thrill-ogy. Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will wage their third battle for UFC heavyweight supremacy on Saturday, Aug. 15. UFC 252 odds at DraftKings fittingly has both fighters at -110, as they each have a TKO victory over one another.
This superb matchup is priced to entice. There are enough variables to inspire confidence on either side. Prop bets will emerge as the fight gets closer, but here is the first sneak peek at the card, with odds from Aug. 7. Bouts and odds subject to change.
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UFC 252 odds: Miocic versus Cormier
Here is a look at UFC 252 odds.
- Stipe Miocic -110 vs. Daniel Cormier -110
- Sean O’Malley -315 vs. Marlon Vera +240
- Jairzinho Rozenstruik -150 vs. Junior dos Santos +120
- Merab Dvalishvili -200 vs. John Dodson +160
- Magomed Ankaleav -315 vs. Ion Cutelaba +240
- Livinha Souza -158 vs. Ashley Yoder, +134
- Virna Jandiroba -290 vs. Felice Herrig +235
- Herbert Burns -225 vs. Daniel Pinter +188
- Greg Hardy -136 vs. Khalil Roundtree +116
Stipe Miocic – Daniel Cormier Betting Overview
UFC 252 takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, where the organization uses a 25-foot cage rather than the standard 30-foot octagon that hosted Miocic and Cormier’s first two meetings. That favors another fight inside the distance. It will also be a stamina relief, reducing the forced movement of the aging fighters. Miocic is 37-years-old, Cormier is 41. With both older side and either could be victim to an abrupt momentum shift.
They are also sudden opportunists. Cormier took the opener by dropping Miocic with a clubbing right hand from in close. With Cormier down, he began to unload an assault that prompted the referee to wave off the fight.
Miocic showed an ability to adjust in the second fight and waged a style he should try to repeat here. Utilizing an eight-inch reach advantage, he unleashed a steady, and excellent, barrage of left hooks to the body. They were effective, as they enabled him to land powerful blows without being countered. It was rare to see that type of methodical damage done with punches, rather than kicks. Miocic steered Cormier into the path of a big right hand and the finishing salvo resembled their first fight.
Other betting observations
The heavyweight battle between Rozenstruik and dos Santos also is well-priced. They are the No. 5 (dos Santos) and No. 6 (Rozenstruik) heavyweight contenders.
- This one is about the adjustment effect. Rozenstruik was torched in 20 seconds by Francis Ngannou when the UFC returned May 9. Not only was he stopped, but the verdict lured the plaudits of boxing great Iron Mike Tyson, who labeled Ngannou as a future champ.
- Rozenstruik may be more cautious early in his return, trying not to expose his chin while seeing what offense he can establish. It’s natural after a quick knockout loss. He can also take heart that dos Santos only lasted 1:11 vs Ngannou in 2019.
- They have another common opponent in Alistair Overeem, the seventh-ranked heavyweight. Rozenstruik beat Overeem and dos Santos did not.
- While Rozenstruik may start slowly in this fight, dos Santos has been an early whirlwind for those eyeing distance prop bets. His last four fights have lasted less than seven rounds. The former heavyweight champion comes off a TKO loss in two rounds against Curtis Blaydes in January.
- Rozenstruik and dos Santos need a win badly. And they will have to go over each other to get it.
O’Malley is the 14th-ranked bantamweight and starting to roll. After not fighting in two years, he embarks on a third battle in five months. His last two bouts have finished inside of one round. Watch the distance props on this one.
UFC betting notes: Ka-boom! Khabib bettor goes big
A tip of the hat to another wagering haymaker.
A New Jersey bettor wasted no time making a large wager after the Oct. 24 Khabib Nurmagomedov – Justin Gaethje fight was announced as $225,000 was placed right on the FanDuel Sportsbook moneyline for Khabib to triumph. The return would be $324, 900, a profit of nearly $100,000, as FanDuel has Nurmagomedov is -225.
This tactic has been revealed more than most experts thought it would: a single large wager on a favorite of more than 2-1. This is a leverage bet, not a value bet. It would make little sense to lay -225 with light money. But a successful heavy-money wager would bring the bettor enough money to consider this a wise investment. One of the most endearing aspects of legalized betting is watching heavy hitters weigh in. That bet will also provide a two-month buzz leading right to the fight.
What is at stake in that battle? Nothing less than the undisputed lightweight championship.
Nurmagomedov is 28-0 and defends his title for the third time against Gaethje, the interim titleholder who has been on a tear. Gaethje has scored consecutive knockouts over James Vick, Edson Barboza, Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson. Gaethje is nicknamed “The Highlight” but should be termed “The Spoiler,” for his win as an underdog against Ferguson derailed a Khabib-Ferguson fight.
Khabib has been one the UFC’s most dominant champions. His stellar career has seen him defeat the likes of Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Rafael Dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta. He has not fought since last September, but is ranked as the UFC’s second pound-for-pound performer behind Jon Jones.
The fight site hasn’t been finalized yet, although Fight Island would be the logical choice. It may provide easier traveling access and logistics for the Russian, Nurmagomedov.