The sport of MMA is quickly growing in popularity with casual fans and sports betting enthusiasts alike. Although MMA is a relatively new wagering option at many online and land-based sportsbooks, it already accounts for a significant portion of the total wagering handle. In order to bet wisely on MMA fights, it is important to understand the league, fighting styles, and history of both fighters.
Mma betting has several types of bets including method of victory and over/under rounds. Method of victory bets allow you to wager on how a fight will end with payout determined by the moneyline odds. There are three methods of victory in MMA: KO/TKO, submission, and judge decision (score). This type of bet is similar to boxing wagering but with added variables that should be considered when placing your bets.
Over/Under rounds are a great way to increase your overall winnings on MMA fights by predicting the number of rounds that a match will last before a winner is declared. A lot of factors go into determining the Over/Under total, including fighting styles, how aggressive each fighter is, and how long they can last in the ring.
When placing a bet on the over/under rounds, it is vital to remember that MMA fights are not as lopsided as some of the betting odds would suggest. The UFC often promotes their fights as if they were pure 50/50 propositions, but this is done to get people to watch the fights and bet on them.
A bet on a specific round is another popular type of MMA wager. These bets are usually available after the pre-fight markets close and will update throughout the fight based on real action. If you’re betting on the final round, it may be wise to place your bets as early as possible since the odds will be higher closer to the finish of the fight.
Adding another level of complexity to your MMA betting is the use of prop bets. These are bets on individual aspects of a fight that are not directly related to the outcome of the fight. These bets are usually available at higher limits than the main bets and can have a substantial return on investment if you’re able to predict accurately.
Prop bets can be as simple or complex as you’d like and the best ones take into account various physical traits of a fighter such as reach, strength, and stance. For example, a fighter with a longer reach can keep their opponent at bay and may be more effective on the ground than a fighter with shorter arms. In addition, a fighter’s stance can also have an impact as southpaw fighters have an advantage against orthodox fighters.