When you’re betting on MMA, it’s important to understand the types of wagers and markets available. This can make the difference between winning and losing. But it’s not enough to know the right bet; you must also have a good understanding of the rules.
The odds are based on a combination of factors, including physical attributes, divisional ranking, and strategy. For example, a defensive fighter may have the advantage over an aggressive one. Alternatively, a southpaw may have a leg up on an orthodox fighter.
A fight is divided into several rounds, and each round is ruled by three judges. The judges award points based on several different factors, such as legal strikes landed, effective striking, and a fighter’s ability to keep the opponent off balance.
A “technical knockout” is when a fighter is unable to defend himself. An illegal strike can be ruled as a point deduction. Similarly, a cornerman can stop a fight by throwing in the towel.
Another popular type of bet is the Over/Under for rounds. These bets are available on any MMA bout. You’ll need to pick the exact number of rounds in the match, which makes this a bit more precise than the moneyline.
Prop bets are an excellent way to make a profit, especially if you’re betting on an underdog. These can be placed on a fight that has high interest, as well as on the outcome of a particular round. It’s also important to consider the risk of making a prop bet.
Another notable MMA betting trick is a parlay. You can bet on the winner of two or more fights in order to win a larger sum of money. Of course, you’ll need to choose a reputable sportsbook. Most reputable ones offer a safe, easy-to-use betting platform.
There are also a number of other bet types available. Aside from the obvious moneyline, you can also bet on the winner of a particular round, whether it will be a KO, TKO, or draw. Some books even allow you to bet on the winner of a certain round by grouping together several rounds.
Unlike boxing, which typically lasts 12 rounds, MMA bouts can last up to five rounds. In fact, a championship bout can go for five rounds. Regardless of the length of the fight, it’s always a good idea to do your research.
If you’re betting on MMA, it’s a good idea to check the list of upcoming events at your favorite sportsbook. Generally, these events are held around every week of the year. Depending on the size of the event, you might have to travel to a venue to watch it. However, there are also plenty of sportsbooks that offer betting options on lesser known events.
The most important part of betting on MMA is knowing which bets to make. Make sure you know the styles of the fighters you’re betting on. Also, be aware of recent changes in their training staff and injury records.