Mixed martial arts has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon. Millions of fans tune into MMA events, which are usually hosted in stadiums and arenas across North America, Europe, and Asia. While MMA remains a relatively new sport, it has already surpassed traditional sports like boxing in terms of popularity and fandom. This growth has led to a thriving MMA betting market, with wagers available on every aspect of a fight. The vast majority of MMA betting handle tends to go on simple wagers predicting who will win the fight, but bettors have plenty of additional options as well.
MMA betting odds are generally easier to understand than those of other popular sports. A negative (-) number represents a favorite and a positive (+) number represents an underdog. For example, if a fighter is favored by -300, you will need to bet $100 to win $300. Conversely, if you bet $100 on the underdog, you will win $500.
In addition to basic moneyline bets on the winner of a fight, online UFC betting sites also offer other types of bets that give bettors a chance to place wagers on different aspects of the event. For example, a method of victory bet enables bettors to wager on whether a fighter will win by knockout, submission, or judges’ decision. Typically, non-championship fights last three rounds and championship or main event fights usually last five rounds.
Another type of MMA bet is the round betting option, which allows bettors to place a bet on which specific round they believe a fight will end. The odds for this bet are much longer than those for a standard moneyline bet. For example, if you choose to bet on Alex Pereira winning in the second round against Israel Adesanya, you will be offered odds of +175 to win in the second round and +450 to win in the third round.
Mma betting also offers Over/Under bets on how many total rounds the fight will last. This wager is often combined with a moneyline and can be as low as 1.5 rounds or as high as 4.5 rounds.
A final type of MMA bet is a live bet, which is placed as the fight is taking place. Live bets are updated constantly based on the action in the Octagon, making them a fast-paced and exciting way to wager on a fight. In addition, they are an ideal way to hedge a bet on a fighter who starts off poorly and is likely to see their odds improve as the action in the fight progresses.