The fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is attracting more betting action at the sportsbooks. While the basic MMA betting market features a favorite and underdog, more advanced bettors can place wagers on other markets such as method of victory and round totals. In addition, there are many MMA prop bets that offer greater payout potential than standard moneyline bets.
To place a MMA bet, navigate to the sportsbook’s MMA section and find the fight you want to bet on. Most sites list their MMA fights by promotion and event, making it easy to locate the one you’re interested in betting on. Once you’ve located the fight, simply click on it to view the full MMA odds card.
The most basic MMA bet is the money line, which offers odds on which fighter will win the fight. The favored fighter will carry a minus symbol in front of their moneyline odds, while the underdog will be listed with plus odds. The higher the plus sign, the more profitable a bet on the underdog will be.
When determining which fighter to bet on in a moneyline, consider the fighters’ recent performances, fighting styles and strategy, divisional rankings, and physical comparisons such as height and reach. It’s also important to factor in the location of the fight, as travelling can wreak havoc on a fighter’s energy and stamina.
Another popular MMA bet is the over/under rounds total, which is a wager on how many rounds the fight will last. This is where physical comparisons between the fighters come into play, as a more aggressive fighter with a longer reach may be better equipped to fend off an opponent’s initial attack and initiate their own offensive campaign from the outset.
In addition to over/under and round totals, there are a number of other MMA prop bets that can increase the excitement of a bout. The most popular of these include the KO/TKO and submission bets, which require bettors to select which fighter will submit their opponent through a chokehold or a knockout in a certain round. These bets are generally more difficult to predict and yield higher payouts, but they can make a fight more exciting to watch.