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UFC 252 Predictions & Betting Picks: Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic Slight Underdog vs. Daniel Cormier
Stipe Miocic stands between Daniel Cormier and the reality of ending his career as UFC heavyweight champion when the two meet for a third time at UFC 252 on Saturday.
UFC 252 betting prediction and William Hill's card odds.
The fight has been promoted as a duel to decide who will go down as the greatest UFC heavyweight of all time, with the score between this pair poised at one win apiece heading into their decider.
ESPN discussed Cormier’s plans to retire after Saturday’s bout regardless of whether he wins or loses, which hasn’t stopped him becoming a -115 (1.87) favorite to bow out with a victory at William Hill.
Miocic can hardly be considered much of an underdog at -105 (1.95), and the outcome of their last meeting suggests he may even be the value pick to deny Cormier the send-off he’s hoping for.
UFC 252 Betting Info Preview & Card Schedule/Times, Odds & Predictions
- Date: Saturday, August 15
- Venue: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Viewing Info: ESPN, ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass
- Early Prelims: 6 p.m. ET (11 p.m. BST)
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET (1 a.m. BST)
- Main Card: 10 p.m. ET (3 a.m. BST)
- $10 Free Bets Bonus at: William Hill, use code WHGAMBLER150
Prediction UFC 252: Miocic via KO/TKO (fifth round)
It was clear there were lessons learnt on Miocic’s behalf between his first two meetings with Cormier, doing a much better job in keeping his range from the wrestling star in their rematch.
That near eight-inch reach advantage is too devastating a tool for Miocic to make use of when his boxing is such a reliant tool for the Cleveland native.
A KO/TKO win for Miocic looks more appealing than the moneyline, with William Hill offering +160 (2.60) on that outcome, or +190 (2.90) on Cormier to win via the same means.
Delving further into rounds betting, a repeat fourth-round finish for Miocic brings back a price of +1200 (13.00), while a fifth-round win is listed at +1800 (19.00). Those look like handsome odds for the younger of the two at 37, with Cormier’s lasting ability sure to come in for questioning.
Miocic vs. Cormier 3 Odds
Stipe Miocic: -105
Daniel Cormier: -115
Fight to go the distance?