UFC President Dana White famously said “fighting is in our DNA” and even after 2,000-plus years of human evolution we still have a fascination for combat. Mixed martial arts is the modern day version of fighting turned sport pitting two athletes versed in all forms of martial arts: wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, muay thai, and many others. A global phenomenon, the sport only gets more popular with each passing year.
MMA Fight Odds
Canada is one MMA’s world leaders not only in producing world-class fighters like GSP and Rory Macdonald but also in terms of fan support. Betting on MMA is as commonplace as traditional sports like hockey and football and big money comes in especially for large events like UFC pay per views. Canada’s top bookmakers lead the way for fans’ foray into MMA betting.
Sports Interaction offers many prop bets and is consistently one of the first to open lines. Bodog, the popular Canadian choice doesn’t offer as many props as SIA but usually has better betting prices. William Hill specializes in combat sports and on occasion offers the cheapest betting prices. Bet365, the top UK betting site, offers competitive prices in all MMA bouts. BetOnline opens lines later but doesn’t get as steamed as the others.
MMA Betting Tips
The sport’s increasing prominence has created plenty of betting options but predicting the winner of the fight on the money line is still the bread-and-butter of MMA betting. Odds reflected in most sites are American based on a $100 standard bet. For instance, Conor McGregor at -230 for indicates he is a favourite and a bet of $230 equals $100 in profit. The comeback on his opponent, Nate Diaz, the underdog, is +210 and means $210 cashes on a $100 bet.
Another betting option is are the total rounds. Instead of picking a winner, you bet whether the oddsmaker’s predicted total rounds go over or under. An example is 1.5 at -150. Bookies think the fight likely ends before the 2:30 mark of the second round. Making a parlay, grouping two or more bets together to get a better payout at the risk of a higher chance of losing. In the parlay, all your bets have to win. Parlaying McGregor (-230) and Stipe Miocic (-220) for example changes the odds to +109. Two-fighter parlays are recommended or three for big favourites.
Some websites like Sports Interaction and Bet365 offer “prop” betting. These are specific bets that have a higher payout but are based on luck. Bets like method of victory for a specific fighter i.e. Miocic wins by Decision (+489); or a round of victory i.e. Johnson wins in Round 2 (+600). Some props are either/or scenarios i.e Fight Doesn’t Go To Decision (-400).
Play props with caution. Bet small to win BIG.