When betting on MMA fights, it is important to do your research and develop a strategy. Blindly backing a fighter because they are your favorite can be risky and may not yield the desired results. Taking the time to study each fighter’s stats can help you determine their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their fighting style. Taking into account a fighter’s physical traits, such as their height and reach, can also help you make the right bets.
MMA has several betting options available to bettors, including moneyline, over/under and round bets. A moneyline bet is a simple bet where you select the winner of a particular fight. You can also place a “go the distance” bet, which is a yes/no wager on whether a fight will last the full three or five rounds. Round bets are more precise than the moneyline and over/under, and they usually have higher payouts.
Over/under bets on MMA fights are similar to those on other sports, with the bettor placing a bet on either the over or under number of rounds in the fight. The oddsmakers set the total rounds based on their own analysis of how long each fight will last, but this can be subject to change as the fight progresses. The over/under bets can be placed before the fight, during the fight, or after the fight has concluded.
Prop bets in MMA fights are offered by most online sportsbooks and can include a variety of different options, such as how a fighter will win (method of victory), which round the fight will end in and which fighter will win a specific round. Unlike the moneyline bet, these bets tend to have longer odds, which can lead to higher payouts.
When making a Method of Victory bet, it is important to take into account the fighter’s fighting style. For example, fighters who use wrestling techniques are more likely to win by submission. Those who strike more often, however, are more likely to win via knockout or technical decision.
Another UFC MMA betting option is to place a Round Bet, which requires the bettor to select the exact round in which the fight will be won. This is a more precise bet than the over/under or moneyline, and it can yield a larger payout if the pick is correct.
Sometimes, a fighter will withdraw from a fight with little notice, and a replacement will be called in to take their place. If you’re betting on a fight with a late replacement, be sure to look at their past record before making your bet. Historically, replacement fighters have won less than 40% of their fights, so they are typically underdogs.