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UFC 226 breakdown, betting odds and picks

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Stipe Miocic, lands a right against Junior Dos Santos in a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 211 for the UFC heavyweight championship, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Dallas. Miocic retained his heavyweight title.

The sight of betting odds drifting toward the underdog on fight week usually serves as an indication that the UFC’s promotional efforts are paying off.

Or, in UFC 226’s case this week, maybe it’s a sign that Daniel Cormier’s promotional efforts are paying off. Either way, the line on the main event of International Fight Week has moved away from Stipe Miocic and toward Cormier since the fighters arrived in Las Vegas ahead of tonight’s card at T-Mobile Arena.

The heavyweight champion Miocic was a minus-300 (risking $3 to win $1) favorite in sports books last week, but can now be found at as low as minus-220. The light heavyweight champion Cormier, conversely, has gone from as high as a plus-250 (risking $1 to win $2.50) underdog to as low as plus-175.

Then again, all the movement could just be considered a market correction to the true price. When the superfight was announced earlier this year, Miocic opened as a minus-190 favorite with Cormier at plus-150.

The closer the odds, the better for betting handle in Las Vegas as most recreational gamblers have no interest in backing a high-priced favorite.

Check out who our picks panel of the Sun’s Ray Brewer (40-16 year to date), ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield (39-17), KSNV’s Randy Howe (37-19) and the Sun’s Case Keefer (35-21) is siding with not only in the main event but every fight on the card, along with odds and breakdowns.

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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