Victory Methods in UFC

Victory Methods in UFC

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the biggest MMA combat sport on the planet, and it offers profitable betting markets for punters. However, if you are new to MAA, UFC, or sports betting, you may not fully understand all the rules and the technicalities of winning a bout.

This can make it tricky and often embarrassing if you don’t realize the outcome of a UFC fight, especially if you have made a simple punt on a UFC moneyline or method of victory bet.

To help you avoid confusion or embarrassment, we have compiled the victory methods in UFC.

Victory Methods in UFC

Like in many other sports, there is more than one way to win a UFC fight. It is important to identify the victory method, especially if you want to make common method of victory bets.

·       Knockout (KO)

Knockouts are often presented in the same category as a technical knockout (TKO), but there is a key difference in these methods of victory. By definition, a knockout occurs when a fighter is entirely unconscious in the UFC cage, and as a result, the referee decides to stop the fight.

·       Technical Knockout (TKO)

A technical knockout is very similar to a knockout, except the fighter is not completely unconscious. Instead, a TKO occurs when one player attacks their opponent until the referee steps in and stops the fight.

The referee does this when a fighter stops actively defending themselves because they are on the verge of losing consciousness from the blows they have taken. Another way a technical knockout occurs is when a fighter gets cut so that the official UFC doctor is forced to stop the fight.

This is known as “doctor stoppage” in UFC and is labelled as a TKO.

·       Submission

A submission is a method of victory where one MMA fighter forces another to “tap out”. This usually happens when a fighter is choking another unconscious or inflicting immense pain by twisting their limbs. Submission victories are common among MMA fighters that practice jiu-jitsu.

Once the suffering fighter cannot endure the pain any longer or feels like they will pass out, they lightly “tap out” on their opponent’s body or the cage floor using their hand. This signals “submission” to the referee so they can step in and stop the fight.

·       Decision

Every UFC fight has 3 judges sitting ringside to score each round of the fight. They use a 10-point scoring system to determine the winner of each round. The round winner gets 10 points, whereas the loser gets anywhere from 1-9 points.

If there is no knockout, TKO, or submission by the end of the fight, the fighter with the most points wins. However, there are a few different types of decisions because there are 3 judges awarding scores.

A “unanimous decision” is when all 3 judges agree on the same fighter to have won the fight. A “majority decision” is when 2 of the 3 judges (the majority) agree on the same fighter to have won the fight, while the third disagrees and deems the fight is a draw.

Lastly, a “split decision” is when 2 of the 3 judges believe the same fighter to have won the fight, while the last remaining judge believes the other fighter to have won the fight.

·       Disqualification

Disqualification occurs when the referee believes a fighter has violated any number of rules of the UFC. When this happens, the referee stops the fight and disqualifies the concerned fighter. This results in an automatic win for the opponent.


There you have it; these are all the victory methods in UFC. There are no other methods of victory in UFC, and you can be sure about an outcome with the mentioned ones. Hopefully, this will help you avoid confusion or embarrassment on your next punt on a UFC fight.

We highly recommend making calculated bets by staying updated with the latest UFC betting odds and gambling responsibly. However, what’s most important is that you enjoy the sport and learn more about it before you start UFC betting.

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