The popularity of MMA has led to increased betting opportunities with many sportsbooks offering moneyline and prop bets. However, MMA betting is more complex than traditional wagering and bettors must consider numerous factors including a fighter’s history, style, and performance. Bettors should also study the rules of the league and familiarize themselves with the fighters competing in a particular match.
A basic MMA bet is the over/under rounds, which is a bet on how many total rounds a fight will last. Unlike basketball or football, MMA fights are scheduled for five-minute rounds and the winner is determined by a points system, so the outcome of a round may not be clear-cut. This is why oddsmakers set an Over/Under round total based on the expected number of rounds and the fighters’ styles. The oddsmakers also add a margin, known as the vig or juice, to the over/under number in order to make a profit.
Prop bets in MMA are not as common as traditional moneyline bets, but they do exist. They are based on a number of different aspects of a fight and can offer much better payouts. Prop bets are available for both pre-event and live betting, and they can be placed in addition to standard moneyline bets. Prop bets can be made on any aspect of a fight, from how a particular fighter will win to the method of victory.
While a bet on a favorite is a safe option, it is important to be realistic with your gambling budget and avoid placing large wagers. It is also important to set a time limit on how long you can gamble and not chase your losses. If you can’t control yourself, it is a good idea to stop gambling altogether.
The best way to bet on a MMA match is through in-play betting, which is available through DraftKings and their state-of-the-art Fight Clock at UFC events. This type of betting is more fun and exciting than pre-fight betting and offers advantages that only experienced MMA bettors can appreciate. Pre-fight odds are based on algorithms and live traders that focus on what is happening right now, but they don’t always take into account technical aspects that keen MMA bettors can pick up on.
Another thing to keep in mind is the importance of a fighter’s weight class. Some fighters struggle to make the required weight, and late weight cuts can leave them drained for the fight. In addition, the altitude of a fight site can wreak havoc on fighters. Taking these things into account can help you place the most accurate bets.