MMA betting is one of the fastest growing activities in the fight sports world. The UFC is perhaps the most well known MMA authority and they stage events all around the globe, but there are many others and this means that there are always a large number of fights to bet on.
Betting on the winner of a particular fight is perhaps the most popular bet type in MMA. Using comprehensive research, analysis of fighter styles and past performance can greatly enhance a bettors chances of making successful wagers on MMA matchups.
In addition to placing bets on the outcome of a fight, there are a number of other MMA betting types available including over/unders and round bets. Over/Unders are based on the total number of rounds that a fight will last and betting on either the over or under will yield a payout if the bet is correct. Round bets require a more precise pick but also offer a greater payout. Round bets are based on when and how a fight will end, whether it be by knockout, submission or a draw.
The MMA fight odds are typically posted ahead of each event and these can help punters make more informed wagers on each individual bout. However, the odds of a particular fighter winning are often volatile and a lopsided fight does not necessarily mean that a favorite will win. A lucky punch can dramatically impact a favourites chances of prevailing, and this is why careful analysis of the fighters is so important in the MMA betting market.
A bet on which a fighter will strike first in a particular round is another MMA betting option and this can also lead to a high payout if you are right. This bet type requires the knowledge of a fighters fighting style as some fighters prefer to engage their opponents on the ground while others use quick strikes to overwhelm their opposition.
In addition to the two most popular MMA bets, there are also a number of fight props that are available at online and land-based sportsbooks. These bets are often based on factors such as fighters’ records, past performances and current form. Those who bet on MMA fights regularly can sometimes find great value by backing fighters that are underrated. A good example of this is when a fighter is heavily favored but their previous record suggests that they have a much better chance of winning than the odds suggest.