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Cormier-Lesnar UFC Odds Set for Potential Fight

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Daniel Cormier wasted no time calling out his next opponent after making UFC history by claiming the UFC heavyweight title with a first-round knockout of champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 on Saturday night.

The 39-year-old’s heated post-fight exchange with former champion Brock Lesnar sets the stage for an octagon clash between the two veteran fighters, with Cormier emerging as a early -225 favorite on the Cormier-Lesnar UFC odds.

Cormier’s victory over Miocic as a +140 underdog marked his return to the UFC heavyweight class after a five-year absense. Cormier has kept busy during that time, rising to the top of the UFC light heavyweight division on two occasions, and now joins Conor McGregor as the only UFC fighter to simultaneously hold championship belts in two different weight classes.

The list of opponents that Cormier has defeated while compiling a 21-1 professional MMA record is long and impressive. Light heavyweights Alexander Gustafsson, Anderson Silva, Anthony Johnson, and Dan Henderson have all fallen to Cormier, while Roy Nelson and Frank Mir are among the fighters DC defeated while going 13-0 against heavyweights earlier in his career.

The lone blemish on Cormier’s record remains Jon Jones. Widely considered to be among the greatest UFC fighters of all time, Jones twice defeated Cormier in battles for the UFC light heavyweight title, including a stunning third-round KO as a +250 wager on the UFC betting lines at UFC 214, which would later be overturned and ruled a no-contest.

 

Lesnar Clear Underdog on the Betting Lines

While the newly crowned champion has spoken publicly about the possibility of a third clash with Jones, his sights are clearly set on Lesnar, who has opened as a +175 underdog on the Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar UFC odds.

Lesnar has enjoyed a rocky relationship with the UFC since making his promotional debut in February 2008. After suffering a stunning first-round loss to Mir in his first octagon appearance at UFC 81, Lesnar quickly rebounded, marching to the top of the heavyweight division with a second-round TKO over Randy Couture at UFC 91.

The pro wrestler-turned-mixed martial artist successfully defended his title on two occasions including a second-round knockout of Mir at UFC 100 before losing the belt following a stunning opening-round TKO loss on punches to Cain Valasquez as -210 chalk at UFC 121.

A subsequent first-round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 as a +115 underdog convinced Lesnar to return to his professional wrestling career in the WWE, where he currently reigns as WWE Universal Champion. That did not prevent the 40-year-old from attempting a comeback in the octagon at UFC 200, where he battled Mark Hunt to a three-round unanimous decision win as a +110 underdog in UFC betting.

A failed drug test resulted in Lesnar’s win getting overturned, and the former All-American collegiate wrestler getting slapped with a one-year suspension, which led him to announce his retirement from mixed martial arts. However, with UFC president Dana White set to make a Cormier-Lesnar clash a reality, the process is underway for Lesnar to get back into the drug-testing pool and make yet another return to the octagon.

 

*Odds as of July 10, 2018

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