MMA Betting Basics

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The sport of MMA is a fast-growing one and millions of people worldwide now wager on the fights. There are several different betting markets but the most popular ones are moneyline/match bets on who will win a particular fight and Over/Under bets on how many rounds a fight will last. In addition to these two types of wagers MMA sportsbooks offer a variety of prop bets.

When betting on an MMA fight, it is important to study the fighters and their styles. Certain fighters have a better stylistic matchup against another fighter than others, and betting on these matchups can net you some good payouts. In addition, it is important to understand that a fighter’s style may change over time as they get older and experience new techniques.

Similarly, it is important to be selective when placing your wagers on full card MMA matches. Do not be tempted to place a bet on every fight on the card, as this will result in a smaller return for your wagers. Instead, focus on a few of the matches that you know the most about and have done the most research on.

Method of Victory is a bet that predicts how a fight will end; by a knockout, technical knockout, decision or submission. The odds on this bet are set by the bookmakers and depend on the style of the fighter and their previous performances in MMA. For instance, a fighter that has suffered a bad knockout loss will likely become more cautious in the ring.

A fighter’s style also affects how quickly they can finish a fight. A quick stoppage can be beneficial for a fighter, especially if they are behind on points or in danger of losing the fight. However, some fighters prefer to take a fight to decision in order to cash in their bets and supplement their income. This could hurt the integrity of the sport and should be avoided.

Oddsmakers set Over/Under totals for MMA fights depending on the number of rounds scheduled and the fighting styles of the two fighters. They will also add a margin of profit, known as the vig or juice, to the Over/Under line to reflect the commission charged by the sportsbook.

Bettors can also place round bets on upcoming rounds in a fight, which are typically made in between rounds while the fighters prepare for their next performance. These bets can prove very lucrative since they are more precise than the over/under bets and yield a higher payout when successful. The most successful bets are often made on the final round, with some bettors choosing to make a bet on the exact round when the fight will end. This is particularly attractive to savvy bettors who have studied the fight’s flow and can predict when the match will end by either knockout or submission. This type of bet can also be combined with other MMA bets to increase the potential return on a winning wager.