The sport of MMA offers bettors an action-packed competition with a variety of fight styles and weight classes to choose from. It’s important for bettors to do their research and analyze each fight before placing wagers. This includes looking at a fighter’s performance in previous fights, statistics such as strikes landed and strike absorption, and taking into account how each fighter will respond to pressure in the octagon.
Unlike other sports betting, mma betting is legal only in Nevada at select online and mobile regulated sportsbooks. Mma betting is a popular pastime for millions of people around the world and many sportsbooks offer odds on the major matches each weekend. Mma betting is also available on daily fantasy sites where the majority of bets are placed.
While most MMA fights feature a clear favorite and underdog, bettors can place wagers on other prop bets that center around a specific method of victory, round bets and the Over/Under total rounds for a fight. Prop bets typically come with higher payout odds and a lower chance of winning than standard bets.
One of the most popular MMA betting lines is the moneyline bet. In this bet, you bet on a fighter to win by a certain number of points. This type of bet can be very lucrative, but you should always consider the risk/reward ratio when placing your moneyline bet. Depending on the matchup, a moneyline bet can pay out anywhere from -110 to +130.
Mma betting on a fighter to win by a specific method is also possible with the Point Spread. This bet is similar to the moneyline bet, but you place a bet on how many points your fighter will win by. This type of MMA bet can be lucrative if you are able to determine how your fighter will win the fight – KO, TKO, Submission or Decision.
Often, the MMA odds are set before the fight and will not change until the night of the event. In-play betting, or live betting, is a more exciting way to place MMA bets, but it can also lead to a lot of bad decisions. These bets are often made by algorithms and live traders who may not take into consideration technical aspects of a match that only keen MMA bettors can see.
Lastly, be sure to consider the location of a fight. This is especially important if the fighters will be fighting at high altitudes or extreme temperatures. These factors can wreak havoc on a fighter’s energy levels and make them prone to mistakes that they might not otherwise have made. In the UFC, a gassed-out Cain Velasquez lost to Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City in 2012. Be aware that this is not only an issue for fighters who are new to these climates; even fighters with experience fighting in these conditions can lose their edge over time. Having this information can help you better handicap the fight and predict how long it will last.