The UFC Betting Guide

UFC Betting Guide 1

Have you spent hours upon hours watching UFC fights? Do you know the roster like the back of your hand? Can you tell what each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses are? Sounds like you’re ready to make the big bucks betting on UFC online. Before you get started, though, just follow these three easy steps and you’ll be counting your winnings in no time.

Step 1 – Understand the Odds

This is the most fundamental step. Understanding the odds is the key to success as a gambler. Obviously, every fight has a favorite and an underdog. If you’re new to MMA betting, the odds might not make it obvious which is which, but it’s actually very simple. For instance, the odds for a fight might look something like this:

Chris Weidman -270
Vitor Belfort +210

In this case, Weidman is the favorite and Belfort is the underdog. MMA odds are called moneylines, and they are designed around a $100 value. For instance, in this fight, you would need to bet $270 on Weidman to earn $100, while a $100 bet on Belfort would earn $210 profit. The number next to the minus sign is how much money you have to bet to make $100, the number next to the plus sign is how much money a $100 bet would win you. Easy, right?

Step 2 – Know The Fighters

You already watch the shows and know the fighters, but now that we’re wagering money, it’s time to take your research to the next level. It’s not just about being familiar with the guys in the roster, it’s about knowing what they like to do, what they have trouble handling, and how they match up against each other.

Even more importantly, you should be familiar with the guys who haven’t made it to UFC yet. The stars of smaller shows are tomorrow’s new UFC fighters, and knowing what they’re about before they debut inside the Octagon is a great way to get a leg up on the general betting public. A lot of times, the odds for debuting fighters are skewed because of the lack of name recognition. An investment in becoming familiar with those guys now can pay big dividends a few months or years down the road.

Step 3 – Choose The Right Sportsbook

No matter how successfully you pick winners, none of it matters if you choose a shady sportsbook that doesn’t pay out your winnings. It’s not a win until you get paid, so make sure that you’re picking a sportsbook with an established reputation and years of successful service.

To help you make the right decision, we put together quick guides that explore your options when you’re betting in the United States and Canada.

Author: Rory Donald
Copyright: 2015

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