UFC Odds Explained
MMA continues to explode globally and with that growth comes an increased appetite for UFC betting odds, along with lines for other promotions such as Bellator, WSOF and Invicta. And the international appeal of super stars like Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey only adds to the mainstream appeal of the sport.
In MMA betting, the standard form of wagering is the moneyline. Essentially you are betting on one fighter to win and the moneyline assigns a value to the favorite and to the underdog. Like baseball betting, the favorite typically has a negative value and the underdog has a positive value.
- Ronda Rousey -500
- Miesha Tate +350
In the example above, Rousey is the favorite (by a wide margin) and the betting works like this: Picture $100 sitting in the middle of those two numbers. To bet on Rousey, you have to risk $500 in order to turn a $100 profit. Since she is favored, the bettor must risk more money to bet on her. That makes it fair for the sportsbook.
For underdog Tate, the sportsbook is encouraging you to bet on her by offering a bigger payout for the upset. To be on Tate, you would risk $100 to earn a $350 profit. Risk less, get a bigger reward. For Rousey, you have to risk more to earn a smaller reward.
There are other forms of UFC betting odds which are becoming popular and which will be available soon here on Odds Shark.
UFC Over-Under Lines
Books such as 5Dimes are almost always first out with these ‘MMA totals,’ and it’s the same as betting totals in football or basketball. In MMA, the sportsbook sets a total (usually 1.5 rounds) and you get to bet whether the fight will be finished before that time or after that time. So if you bet the Rousey-Tate fight to go UNDER 1.5 rounds and Ronda arm-bars here in the first round, then you win the bet. If Tate lasts beyond 1.5 rounds, you would lose the bet.
Also, there are often MMA prop betting on big events. Props are specialty bets such as ‘who will win fight of the night bonuses’ or ‘will Rousey win by strikes, submission or decision.’ They are fun wagers, but can be profitable, much like Super Bowl props where fans love to bet on the coin toss or the length of the national anthem.
Good luck with your UFC betting and check our sportsbook review pages for the best places to wager online.