MMA is fast growing into a mainstream sport. Last October, Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fight drew over 2.3 million viewers worldwide; record numbers for the UFC. The women bouts are equally popular, attracting as many as 1.1 million viewers per event.
The growing popularity means bookmakers have a new sport on their rosters. If you’ve ever dreamt about betting on UFC bouts, you can find good odds in any of the top 20 bookie sites. But before you start checking odds for UFC 235, make sure you know enough about the sport.
UFC is not like soccer, baseball, basketball or most other sports. How outcomes are decided differs from other sports. The wagers can look strange and predicting a simple MMA game can seem incomprehensible. Lucky for you, here is everything you need to know about betting on UFC fights.
#1: Understand the Wagers
The most obvious UFC wager regards to a bout’s winner. It doesn’t matter how the results are declared. If the person you backed wins, the money becomes yours. Another wager is to bet on how the match ends. MMA fights can end in any of four ways:
* KO—a fight is declared a knockout if a fighter is knocked unconscious. So far, there’ve been over 830 knockouts in the UFC.
* Submission—the fight ends in submission if an athlete taps on his opponent’s body to accept defeat. It happens occasionally when an athlete is choked or hurt really bad.
* TKO—a technical knockout is decided by the referee, a doctor or a fighter’s corner. A TKO is called if an athlete is hurt so bad that she risks further injuries if the fight continues.
* Decision—the outcome is declared by a panel of judges who analyze each round and provide a final outcome.
* Disqualification—heat butts, hits to the groin or inserting fingers at an opponent’s orifices can all lead to an opponent being disqualified from a fight.
In addition to the results, you can also bet on the number of rounds it takes for the fight to end. You can also wager on multiple bouts since many UFC events consist of more than one bout a night. Once you understand the wager types, learn about the betting odds.
#2: Betting Odds
UFC bets fall under the minor categories of most bookmaker sites. That comes with challenges. Betting sites may not always cover minor UFC bouts. Instead, they may support well-publicized fights from UFC competitors. There may also be lower limits on betting amounts or odds may not always be attractive.
To go around these challenges, find UFC betting offers around the Internet and join multiple bookie sites. Some bookies offer you extra free bets if you wager on a UFC match of their choice. When you are a member of more than two sites, you get more bonuses. You are also exposed to the different types of odds out there, including value odds.
Speaking of value, there are three types of odds in UFC you should care about. The first types are given by Las Vegas bookies. They are centered on $100 wagers and can be a little bit complicated. In an example, fighter A may get odds -250 while fighter B gets +200. To win $100 on fighter A, you are required to bet $270. For the positive odds, a $100 wager earns you $200.
Since online betting is illegal in most US states, Vegas odds shouldn’t worry you. Many bookie sites support either fractions or decimal point odds. Fractions are mainly popular on UK bookie sites while the rest of the world uses decimal odds.
#3: The UFC Fighters
Some fighters are perennial winners on UFC. Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz, for instance, boast of 27 wins each. Many of the established fighters tend to dominate newcomers. But take note that it’s not always a guarantee. Amanda Nunes beating Cris Cyborg last year is the most recent UFC upset—and that got many bettors by surprise. UFC fighters are listed based on their respective weight divisions. The heavyweight division consists of players who weigh up to 265 pounds. Its title is currently held by Daniel Cormier. Jon Jones holds the light heavyweight division title while Robert Whittaker is the middleweight champion.
Below the middleweight is the Welterweight champion and consists of fighters who weigh a maximum of 170 pounds. Tyron Woodley is the current champion. Khabib holds the Lightweight division title while Max Holloway holds the featherweight division title.
The two lowest categories are the bantamweight and the flyweight. UFC’s women fighters have fought categories and Amanda Nunes holds titles in both the bantamweight and featherweight titles.
As already mentioned, always consider the underdogs before placing bets on UFC. They have the best odds, sometimes ridiculously great odds. UFC is still a new sport and bookies tend to follow the hype all the time.
# Bankroll Management
With all the hype that follows UFC players, it is easy to get convinced a certain player will win and stake all your bankroll on them. Whether you are betting on minor matches or on major events, have a betting strategy.
Decide how much you should bet on each fight and be disciplined. Even when you strongly believe one player will dominate a fight, resist the urge to spend all your bankroll on one fight. When you start losing consistently, take back from UFC betting.
A good bettor strives to win more than he loses. If you find yourself losing more than you win, take a break to invest in your knowledge of the sport. There is more to UFC than the results. As you become accustomed to the sport, you may find prop bets better and more profitable.
As MMA continues to grow in popularity worldwide, so is the UFC. If you are a punter and love the action-packed sport, it’s probably time you started staking on your favorite players. Start by learning about the UFC, its divisions, and rules. Know the players, the division winners, and underdogs to watch. It will be easier to find good odds and profit off them when you are a UFC fan.