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Miocic Favored Opponent on Brock Lesnar UFC Odds

Miocic Favored Opponent on Brock Lesnar UFC Odds

A new contender for the UFC heavyweight title emerged this past week following UFC president Dana White’s announcement that he expects Brock Lesnar to soon make a return to the octagon.

Speaking at a press conference in support of the UFC’s 25th anniversary, White hinted at the possibility that the reigning WWE universal champion could make his octagon comeback with a shot at the UFC heavyweight crown. Those comments have lifted current champion Stipe Miocic to a -135 favorite in betting on who will Brock Lesnar fight in his UFC return.

Lesnar has had a checkered history with the UFC since making his promotional debut with a first-round submission loss to Frank Mir at UFC 81 in 2008. The 40-year-old rebounded with four straight victories, including a TKO win over Randy Couture at UFC 91 to claim the UFC heavyweight belt, and a second-round knockout of Frank Mir as -220 chalk in their rematch at UFC 100.

A stunning first-round TKO defeat at the hands of Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 cost Lesnar the UFC heavyweight belt, and a subsequent opening-round loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 led him to announce his retirement from MMA.

Lesnar would eventually return to the octagon with a unanimous decision win over Mark Hunt as a +110 underdog at UFC 200. However, a failed post-fight drug test resulted in that victory getting overturned, while Lesnar was slapped with a $250,000 fine and one-year suspension from MMA, which he must complete before returning to UFC action.

While observers await confirmation of Lesnar’s plans to resume his professional MMA career, Miocic continues preparations for his next title defense this summer at UFC 226, when he is scheduled to take on Daniel Cormier as a strong -190 favorite.

Miocic has dominated during a six-fight win streak, tallying four opening-round knockout victories, including a decisive win over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 that earned him the UFC heavyweight crown. However, Miocic needed the nod from the judges in his last outing, a unanimous decision win over Francis Ngannou as a +145 underdog.

 

Cormier Sits Second on Brock Lesnar UFC Odds

Cormier is pegged as a +180 bet on those Brock Lesnar UFC odds, but will likely have to get past Miocic in their upcoming clash before entertaining the possibility of battling Lesnar.

The current UFC light heavyweight champion is coming off a second-round finish of Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 as -340 chalk, and sits as a +155 underdog in his scheduled July date with Miocic.

Cormier’s arch-nemesis Jon Jones follows at +300 on the odds on Brock Lesnar’s next UFC opponent. Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve sits at +800, and Ngannou at +1200, while Hunt trails as a +2500 longshot.

Jones has never fought as a heavyweight, but has twice defeated Cormier in the octagon, including a third-round KO victory in their battle for the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 214. However, the win was overturned and Jones was stripped of the title following a failed drug test, leaving the 30-year-old’s UFC future in doubt.

Struve is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 222 as a -175 bet, and has now fallen to defeat in five of his past eight outings.

 

*Odds as of April 9, 2018

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