MMA betting is a popular way to make wagers on fight outcomes. These wagers include moneylines and over/unders. Unlike football or baseball, MMA matches are contested over a specified number of rounds, usually three or five. Consequently, it’s important to study the fighters’ fighting styles and strength to make the best bets. In addition to the main event and other moneyline bets, MMA bettors can also place prop bets. These are specific bets that focus on individual actions in the fight and can pay out higher than traditional bets.
The most common type of MMA bet is the Moneyline, which is similar to a straight bet in other sports. This bet is placed by selecting a fighter and the number of points they will win by. The fighters are listed in a range of +3.5 to -3.5 (+5.5 in a title fight). If your fighter wins the fight by a finish (knockout or submission), you win the bet. If the fighter wins by decision, you lose the bet.
In addition to the moneyline bets, MMA fans can also make over/under bets on the number of rounds that a fight will last. These bets can have different odds depending on the fighters’ records and how many rounds they’ve previously fought for. The higher the over/under, the more money a better can win.
Method of victory bets are another popular MMA betting type, which require a bettors to predict how the fight will end. These bets can include winning by KO/TKO, by submission or by a judge decision. These bets can be made on single fighters or in parlays, which require all bettors to select the correct outcome. Parlays are a riskier option than single bets but can yield greater payouts.
Unlike boxing, MMA fights have multiple weight classes and some fighters move up or down in class depending on their performance and success. As a result, some fighters have a harder time making weight before a fight, and this can affect their performances in the octagon. If a fighter is coming off a knockout loss, they may be more cautious in the ring and struggle to find their range.
Lastly, bettors should keep an eye on the weigh-ins to see how well fighters are cutting and maintaining their weight. If a fighter is struggling to make weight, it may be wise to avoid placing a bet on them. In addition, bettors should consider how a fighter’s weight could affect their style of fighting in the octagon. This can be especially true for fighters who are moving up in weight class, as they’ll need to adjust their training and diet to prepare for a bigger challenge. If a fighter is not able to maintain their weight, they’ll be unable to perform at their best and will likely lose the fight. Ultimately, doing your research and analyzing the big matchups are the keys to winning MMA betting bets. Avoid blindly betting on favorite fighters and instead focus on underdogs who can pay out big.