Stipe Miocic Still Betting Underdog in Francis Ngannou Rematch

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  • Stipe Miocic is a -130 betting underdog in his rematch with Francis Ngannou.
  • The Miocic vs Ngannou rematch will headline UFC 260 on March 27th.
  • Miocic also entered their first bout as the underdog but he dominated Ngannou in a five round clinic.

With their rematch set at UFC 260, the betting odds for the next UFC heavyweight title bout have been released at the top UFC betting sites.

According to online sportsbook, the champion Stipe Miocic is the slight betting underdog at +130 while the challenger Francis Ngannou is the -150 favorite to bring home the heavyweight belt at UFC 260 on March 27th.

The Underdog

Being the underdog isn’t something new to Miocic. The top UFC betting sites had him as the betting underdog when he first captured the UFC heavyweight title against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in Brazil. In his last four bouts, he has closed as the underdog thrice. The only time he was favored during that period was his in first bout against Daniel Cormier, which ended in a knockout loss for the Cleveland, Ohio native.

In his first bout against Ngannou at UFC 220 in January 2018, Miocic entered the Octagon as a +150 betting underdog while the Predator was pegged at -170 on fight night. Despite the odds going against him, Miocic put on a clinic by defeating Ngannou decisively using a complete MMA game.

The champion took down Ngannou a total of six times during the five-round bout and controlled 15:05 minutes on the ground. While Ngannou was head hunting and looking for that one knockout punch on the feet, Miocic effectively boxed and outlanded Ngannou 70-21 in total significant strikes landed and 200-33 in total strikes. All three judges scored the bout 50-44 as Ngannou suffered the first setback of his UFC career.

Ngannou had no answer for Miocic’s takedowns and wrestling. He also gassed out after three minutes and Miocic outclassed him on the feet with crisp punch combinations that repeatedly tagged the Ngannou.

On a Tear

After losing to Miocic, Ngannou figured in a snoozefest against Derrick Lewis and suffered his second straight defeat. In that fight, the Predator couldn’t pull the trigger as he landed a measly 46 strikes in a total of 25 minutes of fight time. But since the Derrick Lewis debacle, Ngannou has been on a tear.

The Predator won his next four bouts against Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, and Jairzinho Rozenstruik, winning all four bouts via first round knockout with no bout going beyond 71-seconds. After beating Bigi Boi at UFC 249, Ngannou has been begging to get a second crack at Miocic.

However, the UFC allowed Miocic to complete a trilogy with Daniel Cormier but after Miocic defeated DC for the second straight fight. With DC retiring after losing the trilogy fight, Ngannou was next in line for Miocic. Last week, ESPN reported that the Miocic bs Ngannou rematch was a done deal as the main event of UFC 260.

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