What are the Odds? How To Bet On MMA

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The market for wagering on mixed martial arts (MMA) matches, notably those held in the UFC, is expanding rapidly at online and land-based sportsbooks worldwide.

Sportsbooks all across the world, whether brick-and-mortar or online, are seeing a major increase in demand and bets placed on mixed martial arts (MMA) matches, notably those held in the UFC.

Adrenaline lovers enjoy betting on anything MMA, whether its UFC Fight Night odds and other flagship events, as well as Bellator and other smaller championships from across the world.

MMA And How To Bet On Fights

If you are a fan of MMA fights you have probably considered online sports betting on your favorite fighter at least once or twice. We are here to help you in figuring out how UFC betting works and the best ways to place your bets. The usual choices include the following three sorts of bets: moneyline, spread, and total. While it’s true that MMA gambling isn’t as comprehensive as other sports on the odds board, selections will depend on the scale of the contest, with title fights tending to hold more diverse betting options.

Odds To Win

Betting on the victor of a mixed martial arts match is the most popular kind of wager. Oddsmakers employ head-to-head moneylines to establish these markets, determining the odds of each bout based on the implied likelihood of each fighter to win.

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Let’s take a more practical approach. Say that fighter X is a current champion and has won their last five bouts, with four of them via knockout. Fighter Y is a seasoned pro, but their career is on a downward slide following two wins and four losses and 4 losses in their previous six matches, including two devastating knockout losses.

The oddsmakers have made FIGHTER A the favorite, with moneyline odds that reflect their greater expected likelihood to win (75-80 percent). FIGHTER B is the underdog since their chances of winning are lower (25-30%) and the oddsmakers have assigned them that status.

The bookmakers will put fighter X up as the favorite, with moneyline odds that reflect their greater expected likelihood of winning (75-80 percent). Fighter Y will be the underdog for this fight since their chances of winning are lower (25-30 percent) and the bookmakers will announce them as such.

Furthermore, you should keep in mind that odds are usually accompanied by a plus or minus sign. The favorite will have the (-) sign, representing the amount of money you need to bet in order to win $100. The underdog will have the (+), representing the amount of money you will win when you bet $100 on him. Take the below spread for example:

Fighter X -200 (bet $200 to win $100)

Fighter Y +150 (bet $100 to win $150)

Although MMA fights rarely end in a draw, certain sportsbook agencies offer a three-way line on the fight odds. The odds of winning money when betting on a draw, given how unlikely they are, will of course be much better than betting on a particular fighter to win.

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Round Totals

Over/Under round totals are a common kind of wager in mixed martial arts fights, enabling you to wager on your prediction of after how many rounds the fight will conclude.

Oddsmakers will set an Over/Under on the total number of rounds based on the matchup, fighting styles of the fighters engaged, and the number of planned rounds. In addition, the odds for the Over and Under, commonly known as the vig, will be established based on the implied possibility of the fight lasting for that many rounds.

For instance, there will be five rounds in the championship match between fighters X and Y. The length of an MMA round is five minutes, with a minute pause in between. The bout must conclude at 2:29 of the fifth round or before for the ‘Under’ bet to score since the total is set at 4.5 rounds. For the ‘Over’ bet to score, the battle must conclude at 2:31 of the fifth round or later. The total bet is a “push,” or a tie, and all stakes are refunded if the fight ends precisely at 2:30 in the fifth round.

Method Of Victory Props

You can also bet on a fighter’s way of winning if you are confident in your knowledge of UFC fighters and your prediction feels likely to occur. This will also result in a bigger payoff for you since the betting market is more specialized than the outright winner odds and more difficult to anticipate. The fighter you bet on does not only have to win the match, but he also has to do it in the specific way you predicted.

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The most common ways of betting on specific methods of victory in UFC are win by KO/TKO/DQ, win by submission, and win by decision. These are called props and each of these has a different price, and the likelihood of each potential finish is reflected in the vig associated with each prop.

For example, if fighter X is renowned for their ability to knockout their opponents, a wager on a victory by knockout or technical knockout will not pay out as much as a win by submission or decision. Fighter Y method of victory chances might indicate a greater likelihood towards a submission finish or a win by the judges’ scorecards if they are more of a defensive specialist with strong submission abilities.

Final Tips

When betting on MMA you shouldn’t only take into consideration the odds since, as you’ll soon learn, the pros look for a multitude of details before placing a bet. Take into account the fighters’ weigh-in, the stage for the fight (cage or ring), age, and much more. These details can all help you determine the outcome of a fight and maybe even help you towards a bigger pay-out through more complex bets.

The most important tip however is to make sure that you’re always having fun when betting on MMA fights, as it’s supposed to be an enhancement of