MMA betting involves wagering on the outcome of an MMA fight. A variety of MMA bet types are available, including moneyline, method of victory and total rounds. In addition to these common bets, MMA prop bets are also available. Prop bets are based on specific events in the fight and can offer higher payouts than standard bets. In addition, parlays can be placed on multiple outcomes of a fight and require that all bets be correct to win. Parlays are a riskier bet type, but can result in significant profits.
Using a sportsbook that offers a wide range of MMA betting markets is essential to finding the best odds. Many smaller operations only offer fighter moneylines and total rounds, but this is not enough to make a successful bet. There are far too many angles to a fight for a single bookmaker to offer only two bet types. A reputable site will have a full range of MMA betting options, from round bets to the always-entertaining method-of-victory bets.
Mma fights usually have three possible methods of winning: knockout, submission, and judge decision. The odds on a knockout are the highest, but there is more to this type of MMA betting than just predicting who will win by KO. In order to place a bet on a knockout, you must choose whether the fight will end by technical knockout, submission, or disqualification.
Another MMA betting option is the total rounds bet, which predicts how long a fight will last before a winner is declared. The over/under is based on the fighting styles of each fighter. A fighter with a more defensive style is likely to last longer than an aggressive fighter, making the over the wiser choice when betting on a fight.
Unlike other professional sports, MMA fighters are almost always independent contractors who pay for their own training and coaching. This makes it difficult to keep the sport clean and fair, especially in terms of shady dealings that could lead to insider information. This, in turn, can affect MMA betting odds and cause major upsets.
If a fighter is injured and can’t fight, they often have to find a replacement in a short amount of time. During this time, the fighter’s training can be affected and their performance may suffer. If this happens, bettors can expect lower payouts on the moneyline.
A good tip for mma betting is to always check out the opponents’ past fights and look at their striking stats, such as the number of strikes landed per minute and the number of strikes absorbed. Generally, the fighter with better striking abilities will win more often than their opponent. In the case of MMA, this is particularly important as the sport is based on physicality and striking.