Second-ranked Stipe Miocic (14-2) battles champion Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1) at UFC 198 in Curitaba, Brazil on Saturday, May 14th. Werdum versus Miocic is the main event on a huge night in Brazil where, like Werdum, other Brazilian fighters enter the Octagon. In addition to Werdum, Brazilian fighters Anderson Silva, Cris Cyborg and Mauricio Rua are scheduled to enter the Octagon.
Stipe Miocic has won his last 2 fights. Before that, Miocic had lost to Junior Dos Santos via unanimous decision. Fabricio Werdum has won his last 6 fights.
A Closer At Look at How To Bet the UFC 198 Odds Feat. Stipe Miocic Vs Fabricio Werdum
Fabricio Werdum is a slight favorite over Stipe Miocic at UFC 198. Werdum is currently at -160 odds to beat Miocic. Miocic is at +130 odds in the sportsbook. The closer we get to fight night, a bigger underdog Miocic figures to be since Werdum fights in front of his countrymen on Saturday night.
What: UFC 198
Who: Fabricio Werdum vs Stipe Miocic
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Curitiba, Brazil
Stadium: Arena da Baixada
Moneyline: Miocic +130 vs Werdum -160
Game Total: 2.5
Watch: UFC Network
Stream: UFC Fight Pass
Bet on Stipe Miocic at +130 Because…
Stipe Miocic has knockout power that could give Werdum trouble. Miocic goes into this battle after having knocked out Andrei Arlovski in Round 1 at UFC 195. Before the victory over Arlovski, Miocic took down Mark Hunt via a Round 5 KO. Miocic is 50% successful with his strikes. That’s a huge percentage. Over 70% of his wins have come via KO or TKO. His power implies that he’ll have a shot against the terrific Werdum.
Bet on Fabricio Werdum at -160 Because…
Fabricio Werdum has been on a huge roll. Werdum has won his last 6 fights. What’s more impressive is that in 2010 he beat Fedor Emelianenko, considered by many fight fans to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time. After his loss to Allistair Overeem in 2011, Werdum hasn’t looked back. He’s beaten Roy Nelson, Minotauro Nogueira, Mark Hunt and Cain Velasquez in 4 out of those 6 wins.
Expert Pick & Final Fight Prediction
Stipe Miocic is an excellent fighter but there are 2 disadvantages that he’ll have going into his battle versus Fabricio Werdum on Saturday night. First, he battles one of the greatest Brazilian fighters of all time in Brazil. Werdum should be ready to rumble fighting in front of his countrymen.
Second, Werdum, like all the greats in MMA, is a well-rounded fighter. 30% of his wins have come via knockout. 50% of his wins have come via submission. 20% of his wins have come via decision. Werdum is going to figure out quickly what Miocic’s strategy is in the fight. Once he does, it will only be a matter of time before Werdum gets Miocic in a bad position. I like Werdum to knock out Miocic in Round 3.