When it comes to contact sports, Mixed Martial Arts or MMA is certainly one of the more popular action sports anywhere in the world. Like boxing, MMA is a completely physical matchup between 2 fighters who battle it out in front of thousands of cheering fans. A major MMA fight can attract thousands of spectators to the event, while millions more are glued to their screens as the action unfolds. With over 40 fights held annually, MMA has rapidly become a popular betting sport with punters placing basic and prop bets on every fight.
About the UFC
MMA is a fully regulated sport and is promoted and overseen by the UFC. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is responsible for organising all the major MMA fights around the world and has been in operation since 1993. The majority of the fights are held in the USA; however, more and more fights are being held at arenas in Europe. According to the rules of the UFC, the fighters are split into 10 different weight divisions with the rules of the actual fight following the internationally recognised Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.
The Rules of MMA and Methods of Winning
The popularity of MMA mostly stems from the fact that each fighter has a different style and there are multiple ways to win a fight. Fighters can use their hands, feet, elbows and just about any part of their body to hit or kick their opponent. In any UFC MMA fight, there are 3 distinct methods of winning. These include a submission, a judge’s decision and a knockout. A submission is where a fighter uses grappling techniques to render his opponent immobile and force him to submit. A knockout works the same as boxing where a fighter is knocked to the floor. If neither fighter is knocked out or forced to submit, the judges decide the winner based on the number of hits.
Types of MMA Bets
The great thing about MMA betting is that it can be as simple or as complicated as you wish to make it. There are many different types of bets that can be placed on each fight, however, the most popular is a simple win bet. This basically involves predicting the winner of the fight. If there is a particularly uneven matchup, the online betting sites will offer a line bet where one contender is given a virtual point advantage, or much higher odds.
Before You Bet
For those who know a lot more about the sport, there are plenty of exotic or prop bets that can be placed on an MMA fight. These can include the method of winning, either knockout, submission or decision. How many rounds the fight will last, and who will land the first hit. Like all individual sports, there are many different factors that can influence the outcome of an MMA fight. Before placing a sizable bet, it is important to gather as much information about the fighters as possible. Factors influencing a fight can include recent injuries, changes in coaching, venue (home ground advantage) as well as fitness, time between fights and previous matchup results.