September 30, 2020

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UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier odds, predictions: MMA insider makes surprising fight card picks

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Daniel Cormier takes it as a backhanded compliment that many MMA observers view him as a better commentator than fighter. He plans to remove any doubt about his legacy inside the Octagon by winning his third fight with Stipe Miocic and retiring as one of the most decorated champions in UFC history. He gets the chance on Saturday in the main event of UFC 252 in Las Vegas. The main UFC 252 fight card, headlined by Miocic vs. Cormier III, is set for 10 p.m. ET. Cormier has earned a reputation as perhaps the sport’s top color analyst, a role he plans to pursue full time when he hangs up the gloves.

However, he also is a former two-division champ whose only career losses have been to Jon Jones and Miocic. He hopes to remedy the latter by winning the trilogy bout, but Miocic is bent on spoiling the retirement party. Cormier is a -115 favorite (risk $115 to win $100), while Miocic is priced at -105 in the latest UFC 252 odds from William Hill. In the co-main event, rising bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley (-330) takes on Marlon Vera (+270). Before making any UFC 252 picks, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say.

Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event. 

Over the past 17 months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up more than $20,000. The accomplished MMA analyst has been on fire and connected on 16 of his last 18 main-event selections, a stretch that included a streak of five straight underdogs. At UFC Fight Night last Saturday, Marley accurately predicted an early stoppage win for Derrick Lewis (-200) against Aleksei Oleinik (+170) in the heavyweight main event. He also correctly predicted a decision victory for Chris Weidman (-120) against Omari Akhmedov (+100) in the middleweight co-main event. Anyone who has consistently followed Marley is way up.

Now, with UFC 252 fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every fight. Those selections are only available at SportsLine.

Miocic vs. Cormier preview

Cormier (22-2-1) is a former two-division champion whose only career losses in the UFC have come to light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones and Miocic. He fought Jones to a competitive decision loss, and a defeat in their second match was later overturned to a no-contest after Jones failed a drug test.

The 41-year-old became heavyweight champion with his upset of Miocic as a massive underdog in their first meeting. He connected with an uppercut that led to a first-round stoppage and stopped Miocic’s record for heavyweight title defenses at three.

But Miocic (19-3), 37, pleaded for a rematch and made good on his vow to regain his belt. Cormier almost managed another early victory, but Miocic rebounded to score a fourth-round technical knockout that was the result of a flurry of body shots.

The fighters used to be on somewhat friendly terms, but their battles have created a rift. Both have said they already have proven to be the better fighter and will show it again by winning the rubber match. You can only see Marley’s coveted Miocic vs. Cormier picks here.

Top UFC 252 predictions

We’ll share one of Marley’s UFC 252 predictions here: He is backing T.J. Brown to get his hand raised against Danny Chavez (+150) in a matchup of featherweight prospects. 

Brown (14-7), 30, worked his way up the ranks through various promotions before earning an invitation to “Dana White’s Contender Series.” The Arkansas native defeated Dylan Lockard by submission in August of last year to earn a spot on the UFC roster, but he fell to Jordan Griffin by submission in his debut in February. 

Chavez (10-3) will be making UFC debut on the strength of a three-fight win streak that includes a first-round knockout of Dylan Cala just four weeks ago in the Global Legion FC promotion. The 33-year-old Florida native has stopped his last three opponents. 

“Brown could get a knockout, but he can get takedowns and have a lot of success with ground-and-pound. He could also work his way to a submission such as his specialty arm triangle,” Marley told SportsLine. 

How to make UFC 252 picks

Marley also has strong picks for Miocic vs. Cormier 3 and every other bout on the UFC 252 card. He’s also backing one combatant who is the “more dangerous fighter and the better striker.” You can see those UFC 252 picks only at SportsLine.

Who wins UFC 252? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight on Saturday’s UFC 252 card, all from the accomplished expert who’s up over $20,000 and has nailed 16 of the last 18 UFC main events, and find out.

UFC 252 odds (via William Hill)

Daniel Cormier (-115) vs. Stipe Miocic (-105)
Sean O’Malley (-330) vs. Marlon Vera (+270)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (-155) vs. Junior Dos Santos (+135)
Merab Dvalishvili (-180) vs. John Dodson (+160)
Magomed Ankalaev (-300) vs. Ion Cutelaba (+250)
Vinc Pinchel (-115) vs. Jim Miller (-105)
Livia Souza (-150) vs. Ashley Yoder (+130)
Parker Porter (-125) vs. Chris Daukaus (+105)
Virna Jandriroba (-310) vs. Felice Herring (+255)
Herbert Burns (-260) vs. Daniel Pineda (+220)
Ike Villanueva (-115) vs. Jorge Gonzalez (-105) 
Kai Kamaka (-245) vs. Tony Kelley (+210)