This comprehensive guide will make sure no matter how green you are in UFC betting, you will have enough knowledge and confidence to join the millions of punters who enjoy UFC betting.
What is UFC Betting?
UFC betting is simply placing your wager on at least one outcome of a UFC fight. There are 3 types of bets that you can place:
- Single Bet: This is simply a prediction of only one-outcome
- Parlay Bet: This is a combination of multiple UFC bets on different fights placed together as one.
- Live Bet: This involves placing a bet on an ongoing UFC fight such that the odds adjust based on the progress of the fight.
The UFC is particularly popular not only because it promotes the MMA sport but also because it presents almost weekly fights ranging from early prelims, prelims and main cards to main events for punters to have a shot at taking winnings home. The league brings together players ranging from MMA legends to up-and-coming prospects whom you can bet on through all major bookies.
How Does UFC Betting work?
Most major bookies in the UK will have the odds of UFC fights as either in fraction or in decimal format. Your role is to make at least one prediction in any available market and wage your money on it.
Bookmakers may have a varied depth of the markets, but these top 5 UFC betting markets will always be available.
- Fight Winner – This is a prediction of the winner of the fight and is the most common UFC bet.
- Total Rounds – This is a prediction of how many rounds a fight will last. You can place your wager over or under a certain number of rounds.
- Method of Victory – This is a prediction of the method that will determine the winner of the fight. We have discussed the 7 possible outcomes of a fight that determine a victor.
- Round Betting – This is a prediction of which round you think one of the fighters will win the match.
- Double Chance – This is a prediction of two methods of victories, with at least one anticipated to be the result of your chosen fighter winning. This is an excellent option for guaranteeing yourself a win when it comes to predicting the outcome of the UFC bout.
What is the Difference Between UFC and MMA?
It’s common for people to assume that the UFC and the MMA refer to the same thing because of how connected they are. However, that is not the case. UFC, as already mentioned, stands for Ultimate Fighting Championship, while MMA is the abbreviation for Mixed Martial Arts.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) refers to the sport that is a full contact engagement of two opponents, both standing and on the ground, who employ both striking and wrestling to win the round. The sport combines elements from other martial arts and fighting styles such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, judo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, karate, taekwondo, kung fu, etc. hence the name.
On the other hand, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) refers to the institution that organises and promotes MMA fights. As an institution, the UFC has standard rules and regulations for all the MMA events it organises and promotes. However, MMA rules and regulations may vary drastically from country to country.
To bring it home, we can say that MMA is a sport like football, while the UFC is similar to the UEFA Champions League.
What Other MMA Events Can I Bet On?
The Ultimate Fighting Championship league has quite the monopoly when it comes to the MMA sport. However, it is not the only event you can bet on. If you want to explore other events in MMA that still offer you chances to look for value, we recommend checking out Bellator and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events.
Bellator events come in second after UFC in terms of popularity. Though the Bellator events are more spaced out compared to the UFC events, you can be assured of at least one event to bet on monthly. Bellator championships tend to feature free agents and older fighters with name value. You can catch Bellator events on Spike TV. Most major bookies offer bets for these fights.
- Cage Warriors Fighting Championship (CWFC)
In the MMA world, the Cage Warriors Fighting Championships are claimed to be the proving ground for future UFC stars. This is where the champions are made. On average, Cage Warriors stages about 6 fighting events a year in the UK, and you can place your bets on all major bookies. If you are a fan of discovering new raw talent, you will find the CWFC quite entertaining.