Mma betting is one of the fastest-growing wagering markets at sportsbooks around the world. With the popularity of UFC and other international leagues, MMA fans love to make wagers on their favorite fighters. The simplest type of wager is on the winner of a fight, using fixed odds. This is the same as betting on any other sport, except for a few nuances specific to MMA.
Non-championship MMA fights typically last three rounds and championship or main event fights last five rounds. When placing a wager on the method of victory, customers have to choose whether they think a fighter will win by knockout, points if the fight goes the distance, submission or disqualification. These bets are available at the majority of online bookies.
Another popular MMA bet is on the total rounds of a fight. This bet is based on how long the fight will last and carries higher payout odds than a bet on who will win the fight. The Over/Under round totals are calculated by taking the total number of rounds the fight will go and subtracting the expected number of rounds the fight will last.
A bet on the method of victory is a good way to increase your winnings on a fight. You simply need to select which method of victory you expect a fighter to win by. This bet is available at most online sportsbooks and can be placed on both pre-fight and in-play wagers.
While a knockout bet is the most popular, MMA fighters are prone to reverting back to their fighting style after suffering a devastating loss. This can be particularly true for a fighter that has lost by KO in the past, as they may become more cautious in the octagon to avoid a similar defeat in the future.
Unlike boxing, where each fighter is assigned to a specific weight class, UFC fighters are split into different divisions and match up with other fighters of the same weight. This can affect a fighters ability to cut and maintain their weight, especially if they are moving up or down in weight classes. This can have a big impact on their chances of winning a fight as they will be less prepared for the increased level of competition.
Handicap bets are a great way to make a more precise wager on an MMA fight. These bets are made by comparing the odds of each fighter and assigning them a margin of error. The more a fighter is favored the smaller the margin of error, while underdogs have a larger margin of error. Also, it is worth considering how the fighters’ styles match up and any advantages that they have over their opponents. For instance, Southpaw fighters often have an advantage versus orthodox fighters.