Introduction to MMA Betting

August 28, 2017

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Mixed Martial Arts, commonly referred to as MMA has been growing in popularity in the recent years both among casual fans and gamblers. The sport is now available for betting by thousands of gambling operators in the state of Nevada and elsewhere. Those gamblers who choose to bet on MMA events benefit financially, as MMA betting odds are usually higher than in many other sports. At the same time, bettors also benefit in terms of entertainment MMA is able to offer, where one punch can literally change the course of the whole fight. You are also unlikely to have any difficulty figuring out how MMA betting works. If you have any experience in betting on boxing events, you pretty much already know how to bet on MMA or even UFC events. Nevertheless, just to make sure everybody is on the same page here, we present you with the most fundamental elements about MMA betting so that you could start betting on MMA events just like millions of gamblers worldwide. 

Explaining the odds concept

Let us begin with the most simple elements of MMA betting. For instance, a gambling venue offers certain betting odds on each of the two fighters who are participating in the event. Of these two athletes, you select the one who you think will win the fight. If that athlete wins the fight, you win too and you get to cash the bet. For instance, let us illustrate this simple concept with the betting odds on the upcoming UFC 134 main event between Yushin Okami and Anderson Silva:


Yushin Okami +345                                                              Anderson Silva -430


Looking at these odds, a gambler is able to tell that Anderson Silva is the favorite to win this fight, whereas the Japanese athlete is perceived as the underdog. If Anderson Silva wins the fight, in order for a bettor to win $100, he or she must bet $430. On the other hand, if the fight is won by the Japanese underdog, a bet of $100 will yield $345. Therefore, if you bet $430 on Anderson Silva and he wins, you will receive $530 back from the sportsbook (your stake of $430 and $100 profit). If Yushin Okami turns out to be the winner, you will receive $445 (your stake of $100 and $345 profit). If you choose to bet on the basic moneyline, it does not matter whether the winner is decided by a knockout, a technical knockout, submission, referee decision or even disqualification. While some bookmakers offer additional markets with large moneyline payouts in case the fight finishes with a draw, in most cases your bet will be returned.moneyline, it does not matter whether the winner is decided by a knockout, a technical knockout, submission, referee decision or even disqualification. While some bookmakers offer additional markets with large moneyline payouts in case the fight finishes with a draw, in most cases your bet will be returned.

Some other points you should consider


Another important segment of MMA betting that should also be mentioned here is the Over/Under round prop. Again, for those who are familiar with the way boxing betting operates, this is quite straightforward. However, even newcomers shouldn't find it too difficult to figure out. The sportsbook posts betting odds for an MMA fight, namely over or under 2.5 rounds. This means that if you select «over 2.5» and the fight finishes at 2:31 of the third round or later, you win the bet. Similarly, if the fight ends any time before that point, your bet is lost. 

It is also important to outline that different sportsbooks use their own way of expressing seemingly similar propositions that influence the specifics of a winning bet. For instance, a bookmaker may offer a market saying that a fight: will go 2.5 rounds» or, alternatively, that it «won't go 2.5 rounds». Although this might appear as a simple phraseological difference, it is actually crucial in determining whether a bet is won should the fight end precisely on the 2:30 mark. In case you have selected that the fight won't go 2.5 rounds, you win the bet. On the other hand, if you select the over/under prop bet, the result would be a push, because the duration of the fight did not exceed the suggested timeframe. Obviously, in order to avoid any mistakes or misunderstandings, every gambler should carefully read the terms and conditions of the particular sportsbook prior to making any bets. 

Other bookmakers offer a different kind of MMA prop bet that combines both the general outcome of the fight (its winner) with how the fight will finish. For instance, a sportsbook may offer MMA betting odds on each MMA athlete winning by a knockout, submission or a referee decision. Other bookmakers might offer betting moneylines on whether an athlete will win «inside the distance» by a knockout/submission or not. Lastly, the biggest payouts are typically offered the draw result. Such payouts usually multiply a player's stake by ten times or even more.