MMA betting is an exciting and profitable way to bet on mixed martial arts matches. In order to be successful, you must have a good understanding of the sport and know how to pick a winner. You also need to understand the different types of MMA bets. These include moneyline/match bets, over/under bets on rounds and parlays.
A moneyline bet is similar to a match bet in football and basketball. It involves picking one fighter to win a match, based on their odds. These bets are most common and easy to place, but there are also some prop bets that can be very profitable.
The odds for a moneyline bet are set by the sportsbook, and they are based on how likely it is that one fighter will win the match. The odds are influenced by public perception of a fight and the betting market. If a favorite is off to a slow start, the odds for the underdog will be adjusted to make them more attractive to the general public.
KO (knockout) bets are bets on a specific fighter to win via a knockout in the fight. These wagers return at a much higher rate than a money line bet on the same fighter. They can be made on any fighter, and come in three versions: a KO, a submission or a decision.
Method of victory bets are also popular and allow a bettor to choose how they think the fight will end. This is a great way to pick an exciting fight, as you’ll have the option to choose whether a fight will be won by a knockout, submission or a decision.
Points handicap bets are another interesting MMA betting option. This type of bet has a slightly higher payout than the moneyline bet, but it has a lower return on investment. The main thing to remember is that a points handicap bet is an expensive bet, so it is important to know your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.
Younger Fighters Are More Likely To Win
Younger fighters tend to have more explosive and aggressive styles than older ones, which makes them easier to beat in MMA. In particular, younger fighters have won 62% of UFC fights since January 2020.
Age & Experience
If you’re betting on a young fighter, be sure to watch their fight history to determine their fighting style. In addition, you’ll want to watch their “weigh in” live stream on Friday mornings to see how they got their weight.
Regardless of your favorite fighter’s style, you should be aware that MMA fighters often pull out last minute from their fights. Late replacements have a very poor record in the UFC, losing 64% of their fights.
You’ll also want to keep an eye on fighters’ form. If a fighter is in good shape, they can be more likely to perform well in the ring.
The judging system is complicated, but a little bit of research can go a long way towards making an informed decision about an MMA fight. Athletic commissions delegate judges to score MMA bouts based on the 10-point must system, which awards 10 points to the winner and nine points to the loser of each round. The winner of a decision is deemed the victor when all three judges award a winning score.