Daniel Cormier v Derrick Lewis Betting Tips & Predictions
A fight of epic proportions is promised with Daniel Cormier v Derrick Lewis. Fight fans embark on their next epic mixed martial arts journey when settling in to enjoy Ultimate Fighting Championship 230 on Saturday 3rd November. Madison Square Gardens, the setting for some of the biggest boxing bouts in history, provides the backdrop. However, here we trade the squared-circle for an octagon and the action promises to be just as lively.
A capacity crowd will pack into the New York venue to witness a spectacular night of UFC; heavyweight bout, Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis will be the poster of a stacked bill. The undercard includes Chris Wiedman vs Ronaldo Souza; David Branch vs Jared Cannonier; Carl Robertson vs Jack Marshman and Derek Brunson vs Israel Adesanya with all four coming at us from the middleweight category. Armchair fans can keep up-to-date thanks to BT Sport’s live coverage.
That’s the main card sorted; however, there’s plenty more for lovers of the game to catch up on, with an intriguing preliminary card giving such treats as Jason Knight vs Jordan Rinaldi at featherweight and Ben Saunders vs Lyman Good from the welterweight category.
We’re then into the bouts designed primarily for the sport’s die-hard enthusiasts, the early preliminary card, most of which you’ll have to be in attendance to view. Having said that, subscribers to the UFC Fight Pass channel can watch the outcome of Ruslan Magomedov vs Rogerio de Lima at heavyweight.
As far as quality of matchmaking goes this promises to be a worthwhile night’s viewing, to say the least, and we’re guaranteed excitement. As punters, we’re always after more and you’ll get that extra thrill from making your bets on the results.
Lots of Ways to Bet
Taking the main event as a prime example, you can pick sides and make your voice heard on the fight winner or aim for a bigger price and bet on the method of victory. Having decided on who you believe will come out on top, you can then back them to win by decision or technical decision, knockout or technical knockout, or submission. The risks are greater, but so too are the rewards.
If you expect a war but would prefer a bit more of a safety net under your stake money, limiting the risk involved a little, you can bet on the fight not to last the distance. That means if we don’t go to a judges’ decision you’ll land a pay-out, regardless of who has their hand raised at the conclusion.
Those feeling a bit more ambitious can aim for the stars, picking the fight winner and even the round in which he’ll finish things. Plenty of homework required to land that, but if you do get it right you’ll be more than deserving of the bulky cheque given to you by bookmakers.
Let’s take a look at how the main event is shaping up as we approach fight night and what bookmakers expect from Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis.
Cormier a Genuine All-Rounder
Daniel Cormier is Mr UFC at the minute with the former Olympic wrestler holding titles at both heavyweight and light heavyweight. At 39 years old the Louisiana native may be expected to slow down towards the end of his career; however, he’s certainly showing no signs of wanting to quit and it’s widely accepted in the game that he could reign for some time to come.
DC is a genuine all-rounder, skilled in the arts of Freestyle Wrestling, Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Fighting out of San Jose, California Cormier has an impressive MMA record totaling 23 fights made up of 21 wins, one defeat and one no contest. Of his victories he has claimed 10 by knockout and four by submission.
Daniel’s 2018 has been an interesting year so far. He kicked things off with a win over Volkan Oezdemir in January at UFC 220, dominating his opponent in the early stages before raging to a second-round victory. As well as the desired result Cormier also banked a performance of the night bonus, signaling his intentions for the season ahead.
Things were to get better still as he faced Stipe Miocic in the summer with the UFC heavyweight title on the line in 226. Again, he was to be triumphant, and in double-quick time, smashing his way to a jaw-dropping first-round knockout. Many had him picked to win the bout, but there were few with their money on him doing it so convincingly.
Bookies join Team Cormier
Another performance of the night bonus hit his account and it was no surprise as he become only the second man in the organisation’s history to hold two UFC titles at the same time. As you would expect, bookmakers aren’t in the habit of opposing form like that and have rushed to support the champion, pricing him up as red-hot favourite to retain his strap.
Coral offer 1/7 and although that’s very tight, it’s actually more generous than most of their competitors who sit on 1/8 or 1/9. There’s even bits and pieces of 1/12 out there, which tells exactly how traders expect this one to go.
The fight not to go the distance is likely to be popular with accumulator backers and the prices are about the same across the board as a straight Cormier W. Ladbrokes has 1/7 on not to go the distance, a cracking 9/2 up for grabs if you reckon this will test the scoring judges.
What does Lewis Bring to the Table?
Derrick Lewis may walk to the octagon a rank outsider with bookmakers and most experts, but that won’t faze him in the slightest. The 33-year-old from New Orleans, currently fighting out of Houston, Texas brings an MMA record of 21 wins from 27 starts: 18 by knockout, 1 submission and two decisions. His defeats are worth looking at closer though as The Black Beast – all 265lb and 6ft 3inches of him – has been knocked out three times and that leaps off the page at us when he’s scheduled to face a puncher.
Lewis started the year with a win over Marcin Tyburu at UFC Fight Night 126 and he performed so well that night he claimed the best performance of the night prize, getting rid of his opponent via a stunning technical knockout.
Back out in the summer, he continued his winning ways when seeing off Francis Ngannou in what was a crossroads fight for both men. Lose that and Derrick would’ve been dumped on the scrapheap, but there looked no danger of him getting near defeat and he got the job done thanks to a deserved unanimous decision. The rounds under his belt certainly didn’t do him any harm either and that’ll be vital if he can take Comier into the latter stages.
Don’t sell yourself short
It’s the fight game and the reason we love UFC is anyone has a chance of beating anyone on their day. Split second timing is often the difference between victory and defeat and even a rank outsider could land a heavy blow and turn the night on its head.
Punters who fancy Derrick Lewis to shock the sport and take Cormier’s title will be delighted to find a cracking 11/2 available at Bet365. That’s worth taking advantage of if you rate his chances as many firms offer as tight as 9/2 on the same outcome. Bet smart and don’t sell yourself short.