UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3 Main Event Odds and Picks

UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3 Main Event Odds and Picks
Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier in action. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFP

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be a very entertaining fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title. Here’s a complete preview, including updated odds and our betting pick.

Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

Saturday, August 15, 2020 – 11:59 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas

In the main event of the evening, Stipe Miocic faces Daniel Cormier for the third time. UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. There will not be fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, let’s attempt to find some value for our UFC picks on Saturday’s main event.


The Long History Between Miocic and Cormier

Daniel Cormier was at the top of the light heavyweight division while Jon Jones was out of action because of his issues outside the cage.

DC kept the light heavyweight division relevant before moving up to heavyweight and claiming the title with a first round knockout against Miocic at UFC 226 on July 7th, 2018. He then defended the belt against Derrick Lewis, submitting him in the second round at UFC 230 on November 3rd, 2018.

Stipe Miocic waited over a year for his rematch, frustrated on the sidelines. Miocic claimed that Cormier was lucky in the clinch position at UFC 226 and that his win was a fluke.

The Ohio native also said that holding the record for most successive title defenses in the division made him deserving of an instant rematch.

Cormier finally accepted the rematch and Miocic made the most of the opportunity, becoming a two-time UFC heavyweight champion after a TKO win in the fourth round at UFC 241 on August 17th, 2019.

Stipe Miocic. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFP

Stipe Miocic

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Born and raised in Euclid, Ohio, Miocic is the son of Croatian immigrants Bojan and Kathy. Miocic was always involved in sports. He played baseball and football and wrestled at Eastlake North High School.

At Cleveland State University and Trevecca Nazarene University, he even received interest from Major League Baseball teams. Miocic is a Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion (he also reached the quarterfinals in the nationals), and an NCAA Division I wrestler at Cleveland State.

He trained for only eight months before beginning his mixed martial arts career by winning his first six fights by knockout. Miocic eventually won the NAAFS Heavyweight Championship and on June 14th, 2011, the UFC signed him to a multi-fight deal.

  • Born: August 19th, 1982
  • Age: 37
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 245 lbs
  • Reach: 80″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Strong Style Fight Team
  • Class: Heavyweight
  • Record: 19-3


Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
15 wins by KO/TKO4.95 Landed37% Accuracy
0 wins by Submission3.69 Absorbed73% Defended
4 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Most title fight wins in heavyweight history (5)
  • Highest total strikes landed in a UFC fight (361 vs. Mark Hunt)
  • Third-most takedowns landed in heavyweight history (25)

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Defensively, he can occasionally forget his patience

Daniel Cormier of the United States. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

Daniel Cormier

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Daniel Cormier won three Louisiana state championships in wrestling for Northside High. He went 101-9 in high school, with 89 of his victories coming by a fall.

In 1995, he won a bronze medal in the world championships in Greco-Roman Wrestling (cadet (15–16 years old) division).

Cormier was also an all-state football player at high school (he was a linebacker). LSU even offered him a scholarship but he chose to pursue wrestling.

DC had a successful career in Freestyle Wrestling, was a senior USA national champion every year from 2003–2008 and represented USA at the world level as well.

He took 4th in the 2004 Olympics in Greece and in 2005 he won a gold medal at the Golden Grand-Prix Ivan Yarygin. This event was held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and many consider it the most challenging wrestling tournament in the world.

After the 2008 Olympics, Cormier pursued a career in mixed martial arts and eventually signed an eight-fight deal with Strikeforce.

Daniel Cormier made his UFC debut against Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7 on April 20th, 2013 and he won via unanimous decision.

  • Born: March 20th, 1979
  • Age: 41
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 5’11″
  • Weight: 251 lbs
  • Reach: 72″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: American Kickboxing Academy
  • Class: Heavyweight
  • Record: 22-2-1


Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
10 wins by KO/TKO4.25 Landed44% Accuracy
5 wins by Submission2.75 Absorbed77% Defended
7 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Greatest number of significant strikes landed in a heavyweight fight (181 vs. Miocic at UFC 241)
  • Third-highest striking accuracy in heavyweight history (62.9 percent)
  • Least amount of bottom position time in heavyweight history (12 seconds)

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Has many miles on the clock


The ultimate battle for heavyweight supremacy is on. Who will win the third and final fight?

Daniel Cormier already announced that this will be his last fight. Stipe Miocic, on the other hand, sustained a major retina injury when Cormier inadvertently poked him during the rematch at UFC 241. Miocic will likely retire as well if something happens to his eyes again.

Cormier will try to wrestle his way to victory, he already stated this. Miocic countered by saying: "every fight starts standing, don't forget that."

These are two of the greatest mixed martial artists of all-time and both want to cement their legacy. There's a lot at stake for both fighters. The UFC odds reflect this.

Miocic wants to prove his dominance in the division and Cormier wants to ride off into the sunset with the UFC heavyweight title.

This is a close fight. The smaller octagon favors Cormier and both men will be very careful in the first round. It wouldn't surprise me if the fight goes the distance. The play I like for my UFC picks is Over 2.5 rounds (-145) at 5Dimes (visit our 5Dimes Review).

Over 2.5 rounds(-145)
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