Mixed martial arts is a full-contact combat sport that incorporates techniques from various martial art disciplines, including boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai, and judo. Although purists deride the sport for its bloodthirsty nature, MMA is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports and has given rise to a number of betting opportunities. While some wagers focus on the outcome of a fight, others take a more analytical approach, examining fighters and their matchups on a technical level.
Among the most popular MMA betting markets are the moneyline and over/under bets. Both bets offer a chance to win big payouts if the selected outcomes are correct. MMA betting sites also offer parlays, which are multiple bets placed on different outcome of the same event. These bets typically come with higher risk but offer a greater potential payoff than single-fight wagers.
In addition to the basic bets listed above, MMA betting offers an array of unique prop bets that are specific to the sport. These bets are available for both prematch and live betting. They can range from betting on which fighter will score the first knockout or submission to round bets, which are based on the precise time a stoppage will occur in a particular round. Round bets are more accurate than the moneyline or over/under, and thus yield higher payouts.
The Moneyline bet is the simplest type of MMA betting market. It allows customers to place bets on either a fighter or the total points scored by both. The odds-maker sets the points total and assigns a positive or negative point spread to each fighter. A fighter with a negative point spread is the underdog and a fighter with a positive point spread is the favorite.
When making a bet on the Moneyline, consider how each fighter’s fighting styles complement and contrast one another. Considering factors such as reach, stance (orthodox vs. southpaw), and how each fighter uses their strikes is key to finding value in the betting lines. Moreover, it is important to understand how each fighter’s style may impact their ability to score significant strikes or knockouts in a given round.
MMA Over/Under Round Totals
Betting on the over/under for rounds in an MMA fight is a fun and exciting way to wager during a fight. Unlike traditional Over/Under bets in other sports, MMA over/under bets are based on the anticipated length of the fight, not a specific winner. Oddsmakers set the over/under round total based on the expected pace of the fight and the fighters’ styles.
The over/under can be found under the ‘Total’ category in the fight menu. Customers can select the Over/Under round count and enter their preferred stake to place a bet. Generally, non-championship fights last three rounds while championship or main event fights will be scheduled for five rounds. Depending on the fight’s format, there may be additional round counts offered as well such as 1.5 rounds or 4.5 rounds.