Bet On Miocic vs Cormier UFC Heavyweight Championship – Odds and Pick

Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier each defended their respective belts (heavyweight and light heavyweight) at UFC 220 back in January, with Miocic outlasting a huge threat in Francis Ngannou, and Cormier dispatching of his newest challenger in Volkan Oezdemir.  After these fights both men had pretty much cleared out their divisions and they were left without obvious challengers.  This scenario, combined with the fact that the UFC really didn’t have any superstars set to return for the flagpole Fight Week show in July, was the perfect storm to set up a super fight between Miocic and Cormier, the heavyweight and light heavyweight champs, for the title of baddest man on the planet.

Miocic vs Cormier Odds

Here are the odds for the fight from Bet365.com.  These odds are from February, so they could change significantly leading up to the fight.  For this reason I suggest you check out the current odds at Bet365 for yourself.  Here’s our full Bet365 review.

  • Stipe Miocic 1.53
  • Daniel Cormier 2.62

As expected, the heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, is about a 2 to 1 favourite over the light heavyweight champ (Daniel Cormier) leading up to the fight.  Stipe just became the most dominant heavyweight champion in UFC history, defending his belt for the third straight time (a record), and beating a guy who many believed was the most dangerous man on the planet in Francis Ngannou.

My Pick

As much as I think Stipe is a great fighter and the deserved favourite in this match-up, I do see value on Daniel Cormier in this match up.

Let’s not forget that Cormier fought at heavyweight for the vast majority of his career (he’s undefeated at heavyweight) and only came down to the light heavyweight division in 2015 because his friend and training partner, Cain Velasquez, was a dominant heavyweight champ at that time.  Cormier burst onto the MMA scene winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix as an alternate back in 2011-2012 and he has wins over big names like Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson in the prime of their heavyweight careers.

Now, those heavyweight wins are nowhere near the scalps that Miocic has taken on his recent 6 fight win streak over Hunt, Arlovski, Werdum, Overeem, Dos Santos and Ngannou, but it shows that Cormier will not be completely out of his depth at heavyweight.  Yes, he will be the smaller man, but this is not something he isn’t used to.  In fact, I would favour Cormier against any of those fighters that Miocic beat as well.

I think the fight will come down to whether Cormier can get Miocic do the mat.  Stipe has not been taken down since his loss to Junior Dos Santos back in 2014 and even in that fight he was only taken down once.  If Cormier can somehow get this fight to the mat and gain top position I really like his chances.  And to be honest, we really don’t know how good Stipe’s takedown defense really is against an elite wrestler like DC.

Stipe will be the bigger man with the more dangerous striking, but Cormier should be the better wrestler and if he can close the distance this fight could be his.

Play: Cormier 2.62

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