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UFC Odds - UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3

Written by:
Phil Simon
Published on:
Aug/14/2020

The headline bout alone for UFC 252 on Saturday, August 15, is worth the price of admission. Too bad spectators are not allowed inside the UFC APEX in Las Vegas to witness it. To get fans and the betting public primed for the trilogy match between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (19-3) and No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier (22-2), 10 other fights are on the ticket, including what promises to be an entertaining five-fight main card.  Bookmaker is offering a generous welcome bonus (max bonus $1000).


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Miocic and Cormier split a pair of epic bouts with each winning the belt in their victories. This is likely to be the last hurrah with Cormier set to retire following this fight. Miocic won the strap from Fabricio Werdum five years ago then surrendered the title in the first match with Cormier  in July 2018. Miocic reclaimed the belt last August with a fourth-round KO of Cormier. Oddsmakers expect another close tussle with Miocic a negative odds underdog on the opening line. 

We could go on about the main event since there is plenty to discuss. But let’s touch on some of the other fights. Current UFC poster boy “Sugar” Sean O’Malley (12-0) gets the spotlight in the co-main event with Marlon Vera (15-6-1). “Sugar” has seemingly put some of his past problems behind him and looks to continue his ascent up the bantamweight rankings. The undefeated O’Malley has the flash in and out of the octagon to make him a rising star in the circuit, which is why sportsbooks have him as a big favorite.  

Former champion Junior Dos Santos (21-7) has to fight in the shadow of the heavyweight’s best on Saturday. He also has a chance to prove he can still be a factor in the division when he tangles with No. 6 contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-1). Another bantamweight bout on the main card pits two-time former title challenger John Dodson (22-11) against favorite Merab Dvalishvili (11-4).  

Check out updated odds for every fight on Saturday’s UFC 252 card at BookMaker.eu and place your wager. The early prelims start at 7 p.m. ET and the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. All fights can be seen on ESPN. The main card gets underway on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET. 

Main Card 

Stipe Miocic -110 vs. Daniel Cormier -120 

Rounds 2.5: Over -150 / Under +120 

Marlon Vera +225 vs. Sean O’Malley -295 

Rounds 2.5: Over -120 / Under -110 

Junior Dos Santos +104 vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik -134 

Rounds 1.5: Over -115 / Under -115 

John Dodson +197 vs. Merab Dvalishvili -255 

Rounds 2.5: Over -300 / Under +228 

Herbert Burns -285 vs. Daniel Pineda +218 

Rounds 1.5: Over +106 / Under -136 

Prelims 

Jim Miller +105 vs. Vinc Pichel -135 

Rounds 2.5: Over -140 / Under +110 

Felice Herrig +241 vs. Virna Jandiroba -320 

Rounds 2.5: Over -235 / Under +183 

TJ Brown -150 vs. Danny Chavez +120 

Rounds 2.5: Over -115 / Under -115 

Ashley Yoder +127 vs. Livinha Souza -160 

Rounds 2.5: Over -350 / Under +261 

Early Prelims 

Chris Daukaus +110 vs. Parker Porter -120 

Rounds 1.5: Over -120 / Under -110 

Kai Kamaka -180 vs. Tony Kelly +143 

Stipe Miocic (19-3, 14 KOs, 1 SUB) vs. Daniel Cormier (22-2, 10 KOs, 5 SUBs) 

There won’t be many surprises since this is their third fight in two years. Cormier won the first battle with a first-round KO to win the belt. He held the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts at the same time. Cormier successfully defended his title with a rear naked choke of Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. Miocic desperately wanted a rematch after the first loss, declaring he’s the better fighter. He made the most of his chance by stealing the belt back with a fourth-round KO of Cormier a year ago. Miocic made the proper adjustments in the second bout using his powerful punches to work the body. For Cormier’s sake I hope he learned his lesson. With this likely being Cormier’s last fight and declaring his the better fighter, look for him to go out in style. He dropped a few pounds and won’t be overconfident like his was last time. 

UFC Pick: Daniel Cormier / TKO / 2nd Round 

Marlon Vera (15-6-1, 5 KOs, 8 SUBs) vs. Sean O’Malley (12-0, 8 KOs, 1 SUB) 

There is a lot of hype surrounding O’Malley and deservedly so. He’s a rising star in the promotion while he looks to keep climbing the ladder in the bantamweight rankings. He displays exuberance in the ring and backs up his flashiness with a perfect record. His last two fights were first rounds stops of Jose Quinonez and Eddie Wineland where “Sugar” displayed expert marksmanship with his strikes. Listed at +225 on the betting line, Vera isn’t given much of a chance. Overlooking him could be a mistake, though. Vera is tough as nails and has developed his game. He had won five in a row before a controversial decision loss to Song Yadong in May. That aside, Vera has shown a willingness to tangle in recent bouts, something he’ll have to do to negate O’Malley’s size and reach advantage. 

UFC Pick: Marlon Vera / SUB / 3rd Round 

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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