With major US sports NBA, NHL and MLB yet to resume following the coronavirus pandemic crisis and the NFL still in the offseason, many bettors may be interested in placing bets on the UFC for the first time. This weekend, it’s UFC 251.
For those bettors with access to online sportsbooks in the USA, having a bet on the UFC is a very straightforward process. Simply go to the MMA or UFC tab of your chosen sportsbook, where you will find all the latest UFC betting odds for forthcoming fights.
As the event date nears, there will be an ever increasing number of different UFC betting markets available for you to choose from.
The most straightforward UFC wager available is that of selecting which fighter you think will win any specific bout. However, there are a number of other UFC bet options available on which to wager in most fights, including UFC proposition bets (‘prop bets’ for short), which cover bets beyond the winner or loser of the fight, particularly the more high-profile ones. We will explain the other types of UFC bets further below.
Up to date UFC fight odds from the top bookmakers for upcoming UFC fights worldwide, All data is updated in real-time,
With UFC betting you can also wager on markets such as the ‘Method of Victory’, e.g. for a fighter to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification; to win by Decision or Technical Decision, to win by Submission or for the fight to end in a Draw or Technical Draw.
There is also the option of ‘Round Betting’, where you would wager on a fighter to win on points, or to select the round in which they will win (Round1, Round 2, etc), or for the fight to end in a Draw.
Total Rounds betting is a simple two-way Over/Under market where you are betting how many rounds the bout will go, irrespective of the winner, e.g. Over 3.5/Under 3.5.
Round Group betting gives the bettor the chance to back a fighter to win across a specified number of rounds, e.g. to win in Round 1-2, or to win in Round 3-4, or a Draw.
Another popular UFC betting market is ‘When will the fight end?’. Will the bout go the full distance, with either fighter win on Points, either in Round 1, either in Round 2, etc
When it comes to choosing where to put your dollars when betting on UFC, there are a number of important factors to take into account.
As in all sports, a fighter’s recent momentum is a big issue. If a fighter has won his last eight fights with six 1st round KOs, he/she is clearly in dominant form. If their opponent has lost four of their last five fights by KO, that should signal some alarm bells.
It’s also important to know who those fights have been against. Is it a case of a fighter having a winning record against lower caliber opponents? Have the losses all been against elite fighters? It’s also worthwhile checking to see how the fighting styles matchup. For example, if a fighter is a KO specialist but a poor grappler, that could prove costly against someone with a strong defense who is a submission expert.
Age can also be a big factor when it comes to betting on the UFC, with some fighters in the twilight of their careers often vulnerable against those in their prime. Physical attributes such as height, weight and reach should also be taken into account.
Good luck with your UFC bets, and remember to gamble responsibly and enjoy the fighting!