- UFC Odds: Stipe Miocic -265 favorite against Tai Tuivasa +226 underdog.
- Miocic hasn’t fought since his UFC loss to Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 in March 2021.
- Early betting pick: Miocic by TKO.
Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa is looking to make a swift return to the octagon after being the first fighter to finish Derek Lewis at UFC 271. The #3 ranked heavyweight called out former UFC champions Stipe Miocic – who’s ranked in one position ahead of him.
Originally Dana White had hoped for Jon Jones finally moving up to heavyweight to challenge for Miocic or the title. Still, this would be another incredibly intriguing fight to make between Miocic and Tuivasa.
Stipe Miocic vs Tai Tuivasa Odds
Stipe Miocic has an implied win probability of 72.6% for defeating Tuivasa. At -265 you’d need to bet $265 on Stipe to net $100. Whereas Tuivasa has odds of +225, meaning a $100 wager could net you $100 on the chance of an upset here.
Tai Tuivasa is currently on a five-fight win streak all coming by way of KO in the first and second round. Online sportsbooks are still not convinced that Tuivasa is the favorite to defeat former champion Miocic.
It now seems that Tai Tuivasa will take on Ciryl Gane in his home country of France. For the latest on UFC Paris, check out our Gane vs Tuivasa odds.
Betting on Stipe vs Tuivasa
In terms of betting on Stipe or Tuivasa, you have to weigh up the pros and cons of both of their fighting styles and career trajectory. Stipe looked a shell of his former self in his last fight against Ngannou, the rematch was just over three years since their first fight at UFC 220. Much had changed since then, with Ngannou learning to fight patiently and stalk Miocic waiting for the right moment to connect.
Stipe Miocic will go down as one of the greatest UFC heavyweights of all time. He’s fought the best heavyweights of the past era and holds notable wins over Daniel Cormier, Francis Ngannou, Fabrício Werdum, and Junior dos Santos.
As he approaches the ripe age of 40, Stipe is rumored to be returning for one last UFC run. Tuivasa has called for the fight knowingly he’d relish the opportunity while he can, before Stipe bows out of the MMA game forever.
Also, you have to take into account that in between 2018 and 2021, Stipe fought Daniel Cormier three times with an accumulation of ten rounds against ‘DC’ an elite wrestler. These wars can have lasting effects on fighters that are never the same again.
On the other side, there’s Tuivasa who’s on a five-win fight streak, however from December 2018 to October 2019, he lost three on the trot. The interesting thing about all of these losses is that they occurred past the halfway point of the second round.
Tuivasa certainly has the ability to knock anyone’s lights out at heavyweight. However, Stipe has probably the best footwork and his boxing is up there with Ciryl Gane. If Miocic can stick and move, he should be able to wear down on ‘Bam Bam’ and score a later TKO win.
Bam Bam Wants a Crack at Miocic
The shoey king is aiming for the stars, as he calls out former two-time champion Stipe Miocic. If Tuivasa manages to win here, he would cement his place as the next title challenger against Francis Ngannou.
“I just think that that’s the fight,” Tuivasa said Wednesday on The MMA Hour. “He’s in front of me, yeah? I think that’s who I’d like to fight. I was asked who I’d like to fight and I think that’s who I’d like to fight because he’s been around, he’s older, and I don’t think he’ll have many more left. I’d like to have a crack at him before he goes.”
Stay tuned to Betting Insider Journal for an update once this fight is made official. Initial plans are for UFC 276, which will take place on 2nd July at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas as part of the 10th anniversary of International Fight Week.
In the meantime, let us know in the comments section below. Miocic or Tuivasa?