MMA Betting Explained: Odds, Bets, Sites

This is a short MMA Betting guide. Learn how to read odds, what type of bets exist and what sites accept wagering on MMA/UFC and Boxing fights. Check BetAmerica or Pointsbet for great promotions and welcome offers before betting on MMA.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has enjoyed dramatic growth in recent years, surpassing boxing as the most popular of all combat sports. The UFC has led the charge, regularly hosting televised cards while monthly Pay-Per-View events have regularly filled some of the biggest sports stadiums in North America, Europe, and Australia.

With the explosion in popularity of the UFC has come a rapid growth in the number of betting options available at the sportsbooks. Here’s how you can get in on all the betting action in the octagon.

Boxing and MMA Moneyline Betting

Moneyline betting in boxing, MMA and UFC, also commonly referred to as fight odds, enables you to make simple wagers on which fighter will emerge victorious in a fight, with the payout on a winning bet determined by money line odds.

How does UFC betting odds work?

MMA Odds Example

In the following money line odds example, Jon Jones is listed as a -300 favorite, which means you must wager $300 to win $100 on a successful bet. Conversely, Alexander Gustafsson sits like a big +240 underdog, which means if he wins the fight a $100 bet will win $240.

To Win

Alexander Gustafsson   +240

Jon Jones                       -300

UFC Totals Betting

Sports bettors will be familiar with totals betting in sports like American football and basketball, where the focus is on the combined number of points two teams will score in a game. However, with UFC totals betting, the betting focus is not on points, but on how long a fight will last, regardless of which fighter claims the victory.

In the following example, the total on the number of rounds the fight will last is set at 3.5. That means if the fight lasts a full four rounds, your bet on the OVER will be paid out on moneyline odds of -130. However, if the fight does not last a full four rounds, the UNDER is a winner, with a $100 bet cashing in on winnings of $120.

To Win

Alexander Gustafsson   o3.5 (-130)

Jon Jones                         u3.5 (+120)

MMA Method of Victory Betting

As the name suggests, method of victory betting in boxing and MMA enables you to wager on how a fight will be won, with payout determined by moneyline odds. Typically, three methods of victory are offered, including KO/TKO, submission, and by decision (sometimes referred to as “on points”).

In addition, the method of victory bets can add a layer of complexity by indicating both which fighter will emerge victoriously.  This is illustrated in the example below

Method of Victory

Jones by KO/TKO, Submission, or Disqualification                     -110

Jones by Decision                                                                                +200

Gustafsson by KO/TKO, Submission, or Disqualification          +800

Gustafsson by Decision                                                                      +350

Draw                                                                                                       +10000

Fight Rounds Betting

Whether it’s the opening round or going the distance, with rounds betting you can place a wager on the specific round you think a fight will end in, with payout determined by moneyline odds.

You can also up your odds and potential payout by betting on the round, the method of victory, and the winning fight all in a single as illustrated in the example below. If Jon Jones tallies a first-round KO win, a $100 wager on that scenario would win a tidy $700.

Round Betting

Jones in the first round by KO/TKO                     +700

Jones in the third round by submission               +800

UFC Futures and Props Bets

Unlike other major league sports, where futures wagering covers a wide range of long-term outcomes, UFC futures typically focus on the result of possible octagon matchups that have not been officially announced, with wagering following the moneyline betting example illustrated earlier in this article.

However, UFC props enable you to wager on a wide variety of results in the octagon, including which fight or fighter on a specific card will earn performance bonuses, including Fight of the Night, Performance of the Knight, and Knockout of the Knight.

In addition, props betting is often available on results in the ring, but with a twist. The below props example focuses on the method of victory but also enables you to bet against the presented result, once again with payout determine by moneyline odds. If Jones wins the fight by KO or TKO, a $100 bet will win $300, while a $120 bet is required to win $100 if you wager on the fight ending by any other method, including submission, decision, disqualification, or draw.

UFC Props

Jones by KO/TKO                            +300

Any other result                               -120

Photo by Harvey Gibson

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