MMA betting involves placing wagers on the outcome of an upcoming fight. The odds for a specific matchup are set by the sportsbook depending on the fighters’ skill level, fighting styles, and overall performance history. Betting on MMA is an exciting and lucrative way to make money. But if you’re not careful, you can lose your money quickly. To avoid this, you need to conduct thorough research and analyze each fighter’s skills and fighting style. This will help you make the best bets possible.
The most basic MMA bet is the moneyline. The odds showcase how much a bettor can win for each $100 wager they place. Odds for a favorite will have a minus sign, while underdog odds will have a plus sign. A bet on an underdog will yield a larger payout than a bet on a favorite.
In MMA, the majority of bets are placed on the winner of a given fight. The winning fighter is usually determined by the judges’ scorecards, but the outcome of a fight can also be decided by a knockout or submission. Unlike traditional boxing, MMA is a striking sport where one devasting punch to the liver or tight rear-naked choke can end the fight in a matter of seconds. This unpredictability and excitement is what makes MMA such an exciting sport to bet on.
Another type of MMA bet is the over/under total. Depending on the fighters’ style and the number of rounds scheduled, oddsmakers will set an Over/Under total for the bout. This total is then adjusted by the vig or house edge, which determines how much you’ll lose for every bet you place. If you bet on the Over, you’ll win if the number of rounds goes over the total.
Method of victory is another MMA bet type that allows you to predict how the fight will end. MMA has three types of victory decisions: knockout, submission, and judge decision (score). To place this bet type, you must select which fighter will win by either a knockout or submission in the chosen round. For example, if you select Karl Williams to win by submission in round two, you’ll be paid $120 for your bet.
Lastly, you can also place round bets. These bets require you to choose the exact round in which the fight will be stopped, and they can yield a larger payout than other MMA betting options. However, you must remember that these bets are more risky than standard moneyline and over/under bets.
The best way to bet on MMA is through in-play or live betting, which allows you to bet during the fight as it is happening. This is a more convenient and enjoyable way to bet on MMA fights, and it offers many benefits that pre-fight betting does not. In-play betting is available for both MMA and non-MMA fights, and it’s easy to find online MMA betting sites that offer this service. Just make sure to read the rules carefully before you start betting, as some sportsbooks have a minimum bet limit for in-play betting.