Mixed martial arts betting is one of the fastest growing sports wagering markets at sportsbooks. The UFC attracts a huge fanbase that loves to wager on its fights and events. Here are some tips to help you make the best MMA betting decisions.
Moneyline wagers are the most common form of MMA betting and involve choosing a winner of a particular match. They are typically set at a price of +100 to -1000 depending on how the bookmaker perceives a fighter’s chance of winning. Customers can also parlay a moneyline bet to increase their potential payout. However, this type of wager carries more risk since you need to win all the individual bets in your parlay to cash out.
MMA betting is a fast-paced sport that requires bettors to quickly evaluate the odds and fighters’ past performances. This is why it’s important to study the fight history of both fighters. It’s often helpful to look at the fighters’ record inside their own weight class and see which opponents they’ve won against. Some bettors try to do what is known as MMA math, comparing a fighter’s losses and wins with their current foe’s record. This type of thinking can mislead bettors and distract them from studying the fighters’ styles and analyzing their fight film.
It’s also important to consider the fighters’ stance, as fighters in the same stance tend to have an advantage over fighters who fight in a different stance. Additionally, the age of a fighter can be a factor in a fight, as younger fighters have historically won more often than their older opponents. This data is often published in the fight previews of upcoming matches and can be a valuable tool for handicapping MMA bouts.
When determining which fighters to bet on, it’s important to know that non-championship fights usually last three rounds and championship or main event fights last five. This information can help bettors determine how many rounds they want to take a Over/Under bet on. In addition, bettors can place a live bet on the outcome of a particular round, as these odds are updated throughout the fight.
Another popular bet is on the Over/Under of the number of total rounds a fight will last. This bet is similar to the Over/Under on the number of rounds in a basketball game and involves placing a wager on the number of total rounds a fight will have. The over/under bet can be placed before the fight begins or during the fight itself, as long as the wager is made before the fight reaches half way through its first round.
Occasionally, a fighter will withdraw from a fight before the fight starts, and a replacement fighter will be called in to replace them. This can lead to a big change in the odds for the fight, and it’s important to remember that replacement fighters have won less than 40% of their fights in UFC history. This makes betting on a replacement fighter a riskier bet than betting on a favourite.