UFC 226 odds roundup: Cormier an underdog facing Miocic in Las Vegas

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UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (red gloves) throws a punch at Francis Ngannou (blue gloves) during their title fight at UFC 220 at the TD Garden in Boston.

Though there were plenty of ups and downs over the years, Overeem stands as one of the most enduring names in the heavyweight division, one of its most well-rounded talents and someone that owns wins over a long list of former champions.

In the night's main event, the promotion's heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, clashes with light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier. "The Jones [fights are] an asterisk over Jones and over Cormier".

Miocic never forgot that reaction, and he thinks about it every time someone says he's going to lose a prizefight.

"I don't know if he's the [greatest of all time]".

Stipe Miocic's mother, Kathy, couldn't believe it. Miocic may not have an Olympic pedigree like his opponent, but he's got brutal punching power that has put 14 of his MMA opponents to sleep in the blink of an eye.

"I didn't see the speaker and don't know why it was there", Cormier said.

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Miocic expects a similar outcome against Cormier, who the champ describes as "A humble guy who likes to fight". He turned the Switzerland native into a Swiss Miss by the time the fight was over. He lay on the floor for a few seconds before getting up and limping offstage.

He's dealt with this before, in other words, and given that Cormier's professional record is officially 20-1-0, he's done enough that people probably shouldn't be writing him off just because his arms are shorter than his opponent.

Should the champ defeat Cormier, expect a possible rematch between Miocic and Francis "The Predator" Ngannou in which the champion held onto his title via unanimous decision back in January. You can also join us for live on-site round-by-round UFC 226 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

And a fired-up Cormier told a packed media scrum at Wednesday's open workouts that the bookies in Vegas have got it wrong, by backing pre-fight favourite Miocic, and his rival only has one way of winning, and that's to knock him out. Once again, Holloway is unable to battle and this makes three consecutive matches where Holloway has turned up lame.

That's a big, big difference, and could easily be the difference in the fight. However, the bout was pulled from the card after Holloway experienced concussion symptoms during fight week.

For all the talk about champion-vs. -champion bouts over the years in the UFC, their actual history is just two chapters long.

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