DC thinks it’s not a fair shake on his end
Cormier is trying to put his name on history by being one of the celebrated MMA fighters to hold two division belts simultaneously. DC (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is currently the UFC light heavyweight champion.
He is returning to his previous division where he has a 13-0 record, challenging 3-time UFC heavyweight champion Miocic for the belt. UFC 226 is a highly anticipated fight, making oddsmakers giddy-up in predicting the results.
“They instilled me as the underdog”
In the past, Miocic also felt as if predictions are underestimating his winning capability. But after managing to defend the heavyweight belt thrice, his current challenger is at the receiving end of getting underrated, as a current +205 betting underdog.
In a press interview at UFC 226 open workouts, Cormier expressed his dismay:
“I’ll tell you this: There are oddsmakers for a reason. They instilled me as the underdog, and it’s great. Stipe Miocic is in a completely different situation. Last time he got disrespected. I feel I’m getting disrespected. Stipe Miocic is fighting a guy that he’s never seen anything like this. There are odds for a reason, but know that those odds, and all that money that they bet on him, it’s tied to one outcome. The only way he can win is to knock me out. There’s no other way he beats me.”
The upcoming UFC 226 fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Headlining the bout, Cormier vs Miocic main card is available on pay-per-view, following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Despite Cormier’s high respect for Miocic, he believes his past title-fight combatant haven’t challenged the heavyweight champion in ways he can. Miocic, on his thoughts, only has one path to victory inside the Octagon, making him build the confidence he has now.
The Three-Time Heavyweight Champ vs the Undefeated Previous Heavyweight Fighter
DC on Miocic’s past heavyweight underdogs:
“He’s fought some tough guys. But Fabricio Werdum, I don’t know what he was doing. He ran right into Stipe’s fist. Stipe might have still won that fight. Alistair Overeem, I don’t know what he was doing. He hurt him then he thought he tapped.
Third match with (Junior) Dos Santos, I think Cain Velasquez may have turned Junior into a zombie. He’s a walking zombie nowadays. I love the guy, but he is.
And Francis Ngannou, he can’t wrestle. So this will be the first time he’s fighting somebody that can do everything.”
Nevertheless, oddsmakers can’t still define how well the fighters will perform against each other on the 7th of July. In the end, the more excellent combatant wins regardless of prior predictions.
Watch DC’s UFC 226 Open Workout interview here:
Meanwhile DC on being a heavyweight legend:
“I’ve lived in that division for a long time. He doesn’t fear me. There is no part of me that’s afraid of Stipe Miocic.”