Betting on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has become just as mainstream as betting on boxing thanks to the increasing popularity of the sport, spearheaded by the increasingly international profile of the UFC and its fighters. Here, we’ll tell you how you can bet on MMA and explain the importance of finding the right market to bet on.
Do your research
Before placing a bet on MMA, you should first do some research. One of the main things to check up on should be the form of the two fighters i.e. how have their last few fights turned out? You don’t want to place a bet on a fighter to win, only to find out they’ve lost their last 10 fights in a row!
It’s also important to check on how the two fighters have prepared for their bout. If one fighter has been in the public eye multiple times at the centre of scandals and the other has been at a 3-month training camp, the advantage would likely go with the latter and most of the time the odds would reflect this.
Pick the right market
Although an MMA fight is only between two fighters, sometimes the odds can be rather unappealing. If a major MMA superstar is up against a much lesser-known opponent, the former is going to be a long odds-on shot for the fight. This means you’d have to up your stakes considerably in order to gain any healthy profit.
An alternative to increasing your stake, and therefore increasing your risk, is to take a look at the other markets available to bet on for the fight. Often these markets can provide you with much better value and although they are harder to predict, if you research well enough, you may be able to find a bet that you think is overpriced.
Some examples of the markets that produce much better odds than the usual win outright market are:
- Round Betting – backing one of the fighters to win the fight in a specific round.
- Method of Victory – backing one of the fighters to win the match in a very specific way e.g. by TKO, KO or Disqualification.
- Total Rounds – backing there to be over or under a specific number of rounds in the fight.
Make the right call
Betting on Mixed Martial Arts can be very tricky given the nature of the sport. Like any combat sport, it only takes one punch or kick to end a fight and it could be landed by either fighter. That’s why it’s important to know as much as possible about both fighters before placing your bets on them to win.
It’s also important to browse the various markets available, as your research could allow you to find some more obscure bets at much bigger prices than the ones available in the outright market.
Online Mixed Martial Arts betting continues to grow in popularity and if you follow the above advice, you could be making a profit from it!