Betting Odds For UFC 198: Fabricio Werdum Favored Over Stipe Miocic

UFC 198 is here, and it goes down today from the 40,000-seat Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The prelims will begin on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET with four bouts. There will be another four prelim bouts that begin at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. The main card kicks

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UFC 198 is here, and it goes down today from the 40,000-seat Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The prelims will begin on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET with four bouts. There will be another four prelim bouts that begin at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. The main card kicks off on PPV at 10 p.m. ET with five bouts.

According to oddsmakers, Fabricio Werdum is a -165 favorite over Stipe Miocic, who is a +145 underdog. Other odds for the main card include Vitor Belfort being a +255 underdog against Ronaldo Souza, who is a -310 favorite.

Here are the betting odds:

Zubaira Tukhugov  -155 Over 2½ -135

Renato Carneiro +135 Under 2½ +115

Luan Chagas +375 Over 1½ +115

Sergio Moraes -470 Under 1½ -135

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira +205 Over 1½ -275

Patrick Cummins -245 Under 1½ +235

Rob Font +135 Over 1½ -135

John Lineker -155 Under 1½ +115

Yancy Medeiros +200 Over 1½ -225

Francisco Trinaldo -240 Under 1½ +185

Nate Marquardt +310 Over 1½ +135

Thiago Santos -370 Under 1½ -155

Matt Brown +270 Over 1½ -160

Demian Maia -330 Under 1½ +140

Bryan Barberena +450 Over 1½ -135

Warlley Alves -600 Under 1½ +115

Mauricio Rua +140 Over 2½ -175

Corey Anderson -160 Under 2½ +155

Leslie Smith +1000 Over 1½ +235

Cris Justino -1500 Under 1½ -275

Vitor Belfort +255 Over 1½ +140

Ronaldo Souza -310 Under 1½ -160

Stipe Miocic +145 Over 2½ -130

Fabricio Werdum -165 Under 2½ +110

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UFC 198 Predictions

Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic: Mike Drahota: This is an intriguing heavyweight title bout to be sure, and the first non-interim title affair not featuring Cain Velasquez to be contested in the weight class since Junior dos Santos beat Frank Mir in 2012. The champ Werdum has looked nothing but flawless in his return to

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  1. Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic:

Mike Drahota:

This is an intriguing heavyweight title bout to be sure, and the first non-interim title affair not featuring Cain Velasquez to be contested in the weight class since Junior dos Santos beat Frank Mir in 2012. The champ Werdum has looked nothing but flawless in his return to the UFC that same year, winning six straight bouts with a perfect mix of two knockouts, two submissions, and two decision wins. Miocic has looked similarly dominant recently, although over a smaller sample size, with his two consecutive TKOs over Mark Hunt an Andrei Arlovski. The proud Ohio native will go into hostile territory at the Arena de Baixada tonight, but I think his hand speed and boxing prowess couple with his NCAA wrestling skills will score the upset. Miocic gets it done by fourth round TKO.

Rory Kernaghan:

The heavyweight battle between Werdum and Miocic is an interesting pairing, featuring a greatly improved striker in ‘Vai Cavalo’ and a technical boxer in Stipe. For Werdum, it’s all going to be about where this fight takes place, and although he’s vastly advanced his stand-up, I don’t feel like it’s the best place to hang around against Miocic. Yes he survived the onslaught from the likes of Cain Velasquez and Mark Hunt, but heavyweight is a dangerous place to roll the dice. Will he get this one to the ground? If the champion does, the fight is pretty much over. For that reason, I can’t see Miocic being able to grind this one out. Werdum by submission round three.

Mike Henken:

In my opinion, Miocic represents a very tough challenge for defending champion Werdum. The Croatian has shown high-level boxing skills coupled with brutal knockout power in which he backs up with a strong wrestling background. That along with his speed and conditioning makes him a legitimate threat to anyone in the heavyweight division. However, I feel as if Werdum’s improved striking will keep him in it on the feet before he reverts to his world-class grappling skills to end the bout in front of his homeland. Werdum by fourth round submission.

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Jacare Souza vs. Vitor Belfort:

Mike Drahota:

I think this pivotal middleweight co-main event may not be getting enough attention amidst all of the massive, buzz-worthy UFC 198 hype. While each of these aging Brazilian vets is still near the top of the game, they both have several question marks as well. Both will probably get a title shot with an impressive win; with Belfort having the pre-installed bad blood with Luke Rockhold if he wins at UFC 199. However, Souza looked incredibly sluggish in his last bout, a split decision loss to Yoel Romero, and Belfort has seemingly made his way into huge fights by knocking out past-prime legend Dan Henderson in recent years. Regardless, the story should be the same as always for “The Phenom”; if he can rush Jacare and blast him early, the fight will be his. But that’s a tough thing to do, and I believe Souza will be able to weather the storm to use his legendary ground game to dominate Belfort as a few other truly elite fighters have done before. Jacare Souza by first round submission.

Rory Kernaghan:

Vitor Belfort represents one of the very few old-school fighters who remain active in 2016, and he’ll be facing a very tall order in Jacare Souza. His junior and by far in much better shape, Souza is quite the scary prospect for any fighter, let alone one who’s by far past his prime by now. The one-punch threat is about all I can imagine Belfort having offer Jacare, and much like his UFC 187 fight with Chris Weidman, I don’t think that will be enough. I see Souza handling this one with ease, choking Belfort in the first round.

Mike Henken:

Personally, I see this playing out similar to how Belfort’s title fight with Chris Weidman did. “The Phenom,” an explosive finisher, came out guns blazing, and landed a few hard shots on Weidman before he was taken down and finished. I see Belfort once again coming out looking for the finish and he may even tag Souza, but I believe Jacare will drag the fight to the mat where his grappling skills will be the superior. Jacare by first round submission.

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Four Reasons UFC 198 Is One Of The Biggest MMA Events Ever

UFC 198 is slated to go down this evening (Sat., May 14, 2016) live on pay-per-view (PPV) in front of a crowd of 45,000 fight-crazed fans from the Arena de Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. The UFC has stacked the deck for this event, and the card has rightfully received a ton of hype and promotion.

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UFC 198 is slated to go down this evening (Sat., May 14, 2016) live on pay-per-view (PPV) in front of a crowd of 45,000 fight-crazed fans from the Arena de Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

The UFC has stacked the deck for this event, and the card has rightfully received a ton of hype and promotion.

Now just hours away from the action, let’s take a look at why UFC 198 ranks amongst the biggest events ever.

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Five Crucial Reasons To Watch UFC 198

What started out as a mere Fight Night card is now a massive PPV event that has the potential to be one of the biggest of the year. UFC 198 takes place live from Curitiba, Brazil, tonight (Sat., May 14, 2016) at the Arena de Baixada in the first soccer stadium event in UFC history.

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What started out as a mere Fight Night card is now a massive PPV event that has the potential to be one of the biggest of the year. UFC 198 takes place live from Curitiba, Brazil, tonight (Sat., May 14, 2016) at the Arena de Baixada in the first soccer stadium event in UFC history.

The card features huge Brazilian names and legends such as Vitor Belfort, Shogun Rua, Demian Maia, and the UFC debut of Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino. The colossal Brazil event is headlined by a championship bout between current heavyweight king Fabricio Werdum, and top contender Stipe Miocic.

With all that being said, let’s take a look at the five crucial reasons you should watch UFC 198…

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And Still! Four Reasons Fabricio Werdum Will Destroy Stipe Miocic

We are now just one day away from the stacked UFC 198 pay-per-view (PPV) card slated for this Saturday night (May 14, 2016) from Curitiba, Brazil. The card features a plethora of blockbuster bouts, but the main attraction will be a heavyweight title tilt between defending champion Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum and rising contender Stipe

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We are now just one day away from the stacked UFC 198 pay-per-view (PPV) card slated for this Saturday night (May 14, 2016) from Curitiba, Brazil.

The card features a plethora of blockbuster bouts, but the main attraction will be a heavyweight title tilt between defending champion Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum and rising contender Stipe Miocic.

Miocic has looked strong as of late, picking up back-to-back TKO victories over Mark Hunt and Andrei Arlovski. With a well-rounded skillset, he may be able to give Werdum some serious issues if he plays his cards right.

With that being said, however, “Vai Cavalo” has looked better than ever as of late, and has gradually cemented himself as one of the greatest heavyweights of all-time.

Let’s take a look at four reasons why Werdum will destroy Miocic this weekend.

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How Does “EA Sports UFC 2” See Werdum-Miocic Going?

We don’t have to wait until Saturday night to see what will happen at UFC 198 thanks to “UFC 2.”

The video game, put out by EA Sports, ran a simulation of the main event between heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and challenger Stipe Miocic.

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We don’t have to wait until Saturday night to see what will happen at UFC 198 thanks to “UFC 2.”

The video game, put out by EA Sports, ran a simulation of the main event between heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and challenger Stipe Miocic.

Check out how they see things going ahead of the actual fight from Brazil in the video below: