Mixed Martial Arts and has grown into a multi-million dollar global sport. Entire TV channels are dedicated to this sport, with many mainstream brands clamoring to sponsor the world’s elite athletes. And with a massive cash injection into the sport, betting on MMA has become a massive draw card.

How does MMA betting work?

Before we start, let's make it clear - MMA betting is nothing like gambling. You don't just throw your money on a slot machine or card game. It helps to know about the fighters.  Being a fan of MMA goes a long way to helping you make the right bet. Now let's talk about betting.

Before actually placing a bet on an MMA fight, it is important to know how the betting structure works. MMA betting does not work along the lines of more established sports like NFL or NBA where one would place a bet on the Dallas Cowboys winning by 17 points (Dallas Cowboys +17). The betting for MMA works on a money line.

For example, if one were to place bets on a fight between fighters A and B,  the odds might look something like this:

  • Fighter A (-350)
  • Fighter B (+2.85)

This may seem complex, but is in fact pretty simple. The one with the negative before the number is the odds on favorite to win the fight. For every $3.50 placed on Fighter A to win, the payout would be $1. The same principle would then be applied to betting on Fighter B. With every $1 placed on this fighter winning the match, $2.85 would be paid out.

The odds for each fight will change right up until the fighters are on the mat, so it is important to follow this closely. There are many sports betting sites dedicated to MMA betting. One such site is PaddyPower.com, where you can find the best MMA odds.

There is a lot of skill in establishing which fighter to bet on, and that includes following the MMA quite closely in order to see which fighters are on form. It is also important to know the players’ strengths and weaknesses. Due to the fact that fighters use a combination of martial arts to create their own style, some fighters are perhaps weaker against a certain opponent. For example, if one fighter’s style relies heavily on grappling, yet his standup fighting is weak (Mui Thai or kickboxing), it could have an impact on the outcome of the fight.

MMA betting is considered to be one of the most exciting forms of gambling, where luck plays a secondary role to proper skill. But sometimes luck does win out. There's only one way to find out. And that's to place your bets.

 


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