The popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continues to grow, and it’s understandable why. The level of technical skill and sheer ferocity involved in each fight makes for enthralling viewing.
As UFC’s popularity has grown, so too has interest in betting on its fights. And with the sport being so unique, there are different types of bets that you can make.
Below, we’ll take you through some top tips for betting on the UFC. But first, let’s take a look at how the competition works.
The UFC is an organization devoted to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It both organizes and promotes events, which it holds all across the globe, mostly in the US.
These events are made up of a number of fights, also referred to as bouts. These fights take place in an octagon – a mat surrounded by a cage with eight sides.
Usually, each fight consists of three rounds, each five minutes long.
There are currently 12 unique weight divisions in the UFC for both men and women, some of which are:
So, there are many different divisions and fights to bet on. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you could do so.
One of the most unique types of bets you can place on UFC fights is on the number of rounds completed. Usually there are three rounds in a match, and it’s possible to place bets on the number of rounds that you believe the fight will go on for. This is usually in the form of over/under bets.
For example, you could bet that a fight will have under 1.5 rounds, meaning you expect it to be over and done with in the first.
Depending on the fighters involved, this can be a great way to get better odds than something more straightforward, such as match betting.
Match betting is one of the simplest bets you can make – you simply back who you think is going to win. Nothing more complicated than that. It’s possible to back a draw as well, usually for better odds.
There are a few different ways in which a fighter can win a match, and it’s also possible to bet on those specific scenarios. For example, a win could come by way of knockout, submission or stoppage.
So, if Francis Ngannou was fighting, and knowing that he has the hardest punch in the world, you may decide to back him to win by knockout. Again, this is a way of getting better odds.
Near enough all sports betting sites in TN and everywhere else offer these types of bets, so be sure to check them out.
We know a bit more about betting on the UFC now, so let’s look at some of the competition’s best fighters.
We mentioned earlier that Ngannou has the hardest punch in the world. It’s therefore unsurprising that he’s also the reigning heavyweight champion. He’s a man who has very much earned his nickname of The Predator.
Ngannou’s ascent has been rapid. He didn’t take up boxing properly until the age of 26 and only joined the UFC back in 2015. Despite a loss early on in his career, he persevered and claimed his first and current title in March 2021 when he knocked out Stipe Miocic.
Since then, he has successfully defended his title, defeating Ciryl Gane to unify the heavyweight division.
Amanda Nunes is another leading fighter in the UFC. She has held the women’s featherweight title for some time and is widely regarded as the best female MMA fighter ever.
The Brazilian is the only woman to hold titles in separate weight divisions, and she has defended these titles successfully. This is a feat no one else has come close to matching. And she still has a point to prove, despite being in the UFC longer than a decade.
Nunes recently lost to Julianna Peña by submission in the second round. She lost her bantamweight title in the process and will be looking to take it back this year, as well as silence the doubters who have begun to voice their opinions.
Peña is another fighter to watch out for in the months ahead. She did exceptionally well to defeat a legend of the sport but has yet to defend her title. It remains to be seen whether she can succeed or not.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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