MMA betting is an exciting and potentially profitable form of sports wagering. MMA fight odds showcase how much a bettor can win for their wagers, per $100, on the specific fighter they are backing. Odds are available for pre-event wagering and in-play betting, or live action, during the fight. In-play MMA betting is the most exciting way to bet on a fight.
In-play MMA betting is made possible through DraftKings, which became the official UFC betting partner in 2021. Their state-of-the-art Fight Clock allows players to make bets during a fight, up to the second. This allows MMA bettors to place bets on the action as it happens inside the octagon, and the odds will fluctuate as the fight evolves.
When placing MMA bets, be sure to consider the fighting styles of each competitor. A fighter’s style is a huge factor in the outcome of any fight. For example, a fighter who prefers to use submission tactics may have a higher winning percentage than a fighter who favors striking techniques.
Also, consider the fighter’s history in the sport. If they have a solid record of wins and losses, their odds will be higher than those of an inexperienced fighter. This is because experienced fighters have faced a variety of opponents and may have learned to adjust their style to combat different opponents.
Another consideration when placing MMA bets is a fighter’s age. Younger fighters tend to beat veteran competitors more often. In fact, younger fighters have won 61% of the time when they are matched up against a similar-aged opponent. However, older fighters can still be a formidable opponent.
When betting on a specific method of victory, be sure to understand the rules of the sport. A fighter must win by a knockout or technical knockout, disqualification, submission, or a judges decision to be declared the winner of a particular fight. A KO or TKO is a complete stoppage, while a submission or a disqualification are both partial stoppages.
A bettor can also choose to place a bet on the number of rounds a fight will last, or over/under round totals. Over/under rounds bets are settled based on the total number of minutes a fight will last, including any timeouts or commercial breaks. The over/under is defined by two rounds plus 30 seconds.
Lastly, a bettor can also place a bet on how the fight will end. The over/under round total will be settled as the number of rounds the match is scheduled to last, or as early as the first round if it is stopped before the end.
MMA bettors should be mindful of a fighter’s weight-cutting process leading up to the fight. This is because fighters close to making weight can go through drastic measures to ensure they do not miss the mark, which could leave them exhausted before the fight begins. This is particularly true if a fighter must cut weight on short notice. In these situations, the underdog can take advantage of an exhausted opponent and slip in a devastating knockout or submission.