MMA betting lines are really easy to understand as they are based on money lines, similar to what you will see in other sports like baseball or golf. Let’s look at how to bet on MMA fights at BetPhoenix.
MMA betting starts with the fighter vs. fighter option and also includes the rounds option where you bet on how long the fight will last. Both of these options are based on money lines. For example, let’s say that Fighter A was -160 and Fighter B was +140. You would be risking $160 to win $100 or the 16/10 equivalent on Fighter A. Conversely, you would risk $100 and get $140 back plus your original wager if Fighter B was the winner or the 10-14 equivalent. The lines in the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce or some of the other organizations can be high at times. It is not unusual to see a favorite of -300 or -400 in MMA betting odds at the sportsbook.
In addition to the main odds on which fighter will win, you also have odds on how long the fight will last. You might have a rounds option at 2.5 rounds. You could bet over or under that 2.5 total. The under might be -150 and the over at +130. In that case you would lay $150 to win $100 if you liked under 2.5 rounds and if you liked the under you would risk $100 and get back $130.
You may also see the option of how the fight will end whether it is by knockout, submission or decision. These are interesting options that are listed at odds of 2-1 up to 10-1 or more. They may also be at a short price like even money or even minus money if you have a fight that is expected to be a knockout.
Those are the main options you are likely to see at BetPhoenix when you bet on MMA fights.
A common saying in sports is "Any Given Sunday," which is meant for American football but really applies to any sport. The saying means that in any given game, either side could win, not matter how unlikely. In Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), that saying is even truer. Not only could either person win an MMA fight, but the ending could come at literally any moment in the fight. The sense of anticipation has helped make MMA one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports. Betting on MMA fights can add an even higher level of excitement to the fights. With the outcomes of MMA fights being so unpredictable, it is important to understand MMA betting odds and how to bet on fights in order to stand any chance of winning.
MMA betting is focused on the odds of each fighter winning rather than a point spread or number of points scored like with team sports.
The odds at the various sportsbooks are represented in one of three ways:
- A ratio
- A decimal
- A moneyline
A ratio bet means that, for example, Fighter A may be a 3/1 favorite. In this case, betting on the favorite to win would take a bet of $300 to win $100. If Fighter A is a 3/1 favorite, then Fighter B is a 1/3 underdog. Using this MMA betting line, a bet of $100 on Fighter B would win $300.
A decimal bet is very similar, except that the odds are displayed as a decimal. For example, a 4/1 favorite in the ratio example would be displayed as 1.25 in a decimal bet. This example means that for every $100 that is bet on the favorite, $25 would be the payout if the favorite wins. On the other side, if the underdog wins, then $125 would be paid out for every $100 that is bet.
The most popular style of betting in MMA is referred to as the "moneyline." Whereas the ratio and decimal betting lines represent a direct comparison for both fighters, the moneyline is displayed for each fighter separately. For example, Fighter A might show as -225. In this example, the "-" sign means that this fighter is the favorite and that it would take a bet of $225 to win $100. Unlike the ratio- and decimal-styles of MMA betting, Fighter B will not necessarily have an opposite moneyline, meaning that Fighter B will not necessarily be a +225 underdog. Fighter B will have a "+" sign next to his name, but the number may be any number. While Fighter A is -225, Fighter B may be +160, for example. This means that a bet of $100 on Fighter B would win $160.
Bet on MMA Fights Online
As with any type of sports wager, it is very important to find the best odds possible. We offer great lines on MMA fights on this page and as an added incentive; we also offer bonuses for anyone who is interested in placing a bet on MMA fights. MMA is very exciting in its own right, but betting on the fights, particularly with goods odds, can shoot the excitement level right through the roof!
MMA is a very complex sport. All different styles of fighting, from boxing to Muay Thai kickboxing to wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are involved. Intelligent fighters will include small aspects of other arts, including Karate, to add even more complexity to their style and keep their opponent guessing. Fighters are typically better in one style than others. Understanding the dominant style of the fighter and how that style matches up with the dominant style of his or her opponent is a very important aspect in determining which fighter to bet on. It is also important to understand where fighters are not as strong and how that matches up. For example, a strong wrestler who is not good at striking may match up well with a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert who is similarly weak at striking. On the other hand, a striker with good takedown defense will be a difficult opponent for the wrestler with poor striking skills. More in-depth information about individual fighters is available on this page to help you as you decide which fighters to wager on. We also have more in-depth information available for betting on the Ultimate Fighting Championships, or UFC, is the preeminent organization in MMA today. Take a look around our site to find all of the information that we offer, both on the odds of upcoming fights and information about individual fighters.