A Simple Guide To MMA Betting
A Simple Guide To MMA Betting
There’s little doubt that Mixed Martial Arts has exploded in popularity over the past several years, making it the fastest growing sport in the world.
The ability for patrons to bet on the ins and outs of each match is part of the reason why, as it gives MMA fans a little more skin in the game. The legalities of betting on MMA matches in different jurisdictions aside, if you’re going to place a wager, it’s important to know what exactly you’re betting on.
We can’t tell you on which side to bet, or where, but this this simple guide to MMA betting should get you in on the action.
The Money Line
There’s no point spread in an MMA match. Instead the most common bet is the Money Line, which tells you what the odds are on each fighter to win.
The Money Line puts a positive or negative value on each fighter. The favorite gets a negative number which represents how much you need to bet to earn $1 in profit. For example, the Money Line on Anderson Silva to win a fight he’s favored in might be -250, meaning you’d have to bet $2.50 to make a $1 profit, collecting $3.50 total if he wins.
Let’s say the underdog in the fight was Forrest Griffin, the money line on Griffin to win might be +190, meaning for every $1 you bet on Griffin you’d earn $1.90 in profit should he go on to win, giving you a total payout of $2.90.
Money Lines change as more money is bet on either side, but are locked in wherever they stand when you place a bet.
Another common MMA bet is the Over/Under on how many rounds a fight will last. A line is set on how may rounds a fight will last and bettors simply place a wager if it will last more or less than that number.
Using the example of Silva versus Griffin again, let’s assume the match was scheduled for five rounds. The Over/Under might be set at 4.5, meaning the over would pay if the match went the distance, but the under would pay if there was a knockout or submission beforehand. In other words, if Silva knocked out Griffin in the first round, like he did in UFC 101, any under bets would be winners.
There are also a number of different proposition bets available for MMA matches that really allow bettors to put down a wager on the ins and outs of a match.
Similar to the Over/Under many books offer a Money Line bet on whether or not a fight will go the distance. Bet against the proposition that a fight will go the distance and if the fight ends in a knockout or submission, you win.
You can also bet on who will win a fight and how, a proposition that often pays much better odds than the Money Line itself. Using the Silva versus Griffin example again, let’s say you’re aware of Silva’s record and he appears to win a lot fights by knockout, so you decide to bet the prop that he will win by knockout over Griffin at UFC 101. Had you made that bet, you’d be winner and likely be paid more handsomely than if you’d simply bet the Money Line on Silva.
Other prop bets available usually include bets on the specific round a fight will end or if it will end in a draw. The variety of prop bets seems only to be limited to the imagination of the people running the book where you place your bets, with different books placing different lines on all kinds of different props.
Shopping For A Price
You might find that if you look around at different books, online and in person, the Money Line, Over/Under and different prop bets, are not the same. It’s certainly a good idea to shop around a bit and make sure you’re getting a good price on whatever bet you’d like to make.
Understanding the different bets you can make on an MMA fight is the right place to start if you want to make a wager. Making sure you understand exactly what you’re betting on and the rules for the specific MMA bet depending where your placing it is a great next step before you put your money on the line, sit back and watch the fight with a real rooting interest.
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