How To Bet UFC 203 As Heavyweights Overeem & Miocic Collide​

Stipe Miocic

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 1:22 AM GMT

UFC 203 will offer a heavyweight title tilt as newly-minted champion Stipe Miocic defends his crown against the veteran Alistair Overeem. Let's peruse the UFC odds in this feature fight and fatten our bankroll.

Meet the New Boss
Stipe Miocic's MMA career has been a work in progress. Toiling as an MMA professional is unlike getting signed with a baseball, football or basketball team where you get signing bonuses, health insurance and generally get a steady flow of income until the day comes when you either sign a new contract or get tossed to the side of the road. Although the UFC is able to hand out the biggest paydays of all the MMA organizations, unless you are a top five guy, you most likely have to work another job to keep the bills paid in between matches. That's why it can be tough to get time off to train and ultimately make MMA a full-time gig. Stipe Miocic knows all of this as evidenced by his job as a firefighter and paramedic.

But as the champion of the world there can be no other vocation but the one you practice inside the Octagon. Miocic is a former Golden Gloves boxer and was a NCAA Division 1 wrestler at Cleveland State. He began competing in the UFC almost five years ago but wasn't really a household name until he lost a five-round unanimous decision to Junior dos Santos that was recognized as the Fight of the Night back in December of 2014. Since then he has reeled off three straight wins, all by knockout and including his crowning pugilistic achievement against Fabricio Werdum for the heavyweight title.

Miocic is not a grand champion and that takes nothing away from his achievements or the fighter he has become. But he does not possess the same pedigree of a Cain Velasquez or even Junior dos Santos for that matter. He is not built like an action figure nor does he even look as big as his 6'4" frame would attest. He is a grinder, a no-nonsense fighter in a world of jacked-to-the-max body builders with elite MMA skills. He won't mesmerize you with spinning crescent kicks nor will he surprise with a thunderous axe kick. He is not that kind of fighter but what he will do is punish you with short rights, uppercuts and gut wrenching body blows. He also has the chops to defend himself if the fight falls to the floor. But he has never tapped anyone out via a choke or limb lock because his fists do all of the work. And that just happens to be good enough for now but will it be enough in the future?

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Alistair Overeem vs. Stipe Miocic - Betting Analysis
When I look at Alistair Overeem and recall some of his highlight reel moments, it is hard to believe this man has not held a UFC title. Of course, his best years were with the Pride and DREAM organizations but he can still handle his business at 36-years-old and with many, many miles on his MMA threads. He has an arsenal of weapons at his disposal but one that may separate him from Miocic is his devastating Muay Thai. His knees and feet are lethal and are weapons that Miocic does not possess.

Both men are known for their striking power and this one will most likely be won and lost standing and trading. But Overeem would do well to try to get this one on the mat where he has 19 submissions to his credit. Overeem has a big advantage in both kicking and grappling despite Miocic's wrestling background. My biggest concern in backing the Dutchman is his fitness for this fight. He has gotten gassed early in some of his matches and if he's not in top shape to contend with the indefatigable Stipe Miocic then we could see Overeem wear out by the middle of the second round.

Nevertheless, we will side with the challenger here in our UFC picks as we like the fact that the UFC odds makers are dealing him as the slight underdog in this bout.

UFC Pick: Overeem +130
Best Line Offered: at Heritage.

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