How do you split two fighters with a 1-1 record? From the bookmaker's perspective, they virtually can't.
SkyBet initially had both men at an outright price of 5/6, before Stipe ever so slightly drifted out to 10/11. From a £10 bet, the difference in returns is just 76 pence.
Despite the bigger outright odds, the TKO/KO market favours Miocic, as he overcame adversity in the latest rematch and his body shots were too much for DC to handle. Cormier won the opening fight by KO, but the Croatian had recently endured some heavy blows in his five round matchup with Ngannou just six months prior. Was it just a case of his chin not being the same that night?
In terms of stand-up, Stipe's boxing is regarded as one of the greatest all-time in heavyweight history. Despite his large stance, the 37-year-old enjoys throwing combinations as opposed to one punch power shots, working the angles and moving the shoulders as freely as a Welterweight.
Six of his last seven victories have come via TKO/KO and we expect his price of 13/8 to do so again, to be a popular pick on the night.
Cormier's odds of 2/1 in this market aren't too much greater, despite just two of his last eight wins coming via of such. It must be said though that DC does hold power at heavyweight and he did enjoy much of the exchanges in the opening three rounds of the rematch. Had he remained more disciplined, it could have been a different story.