MMA betting has become a popular sport with fight fans. Whether it’s on television or online, the sport has shown big growth in recent years due to its entertaining personalities and different fighting styles. While the sport is growing, it’s important for bettors to research each fighter and their past performances before placing a wager.
The most basic MMA bet is a moneyline bet on which fighter will win the fight. This is reflected in the odds; a fighter considered to be the favorite will carry a minus symbol in front of their odds, while underdogs will have plus symbols. In addition, some sites offer a parlay feature that allows bettors to place multiple bets on one fighter and increase their payouts. However, parlaying bets carries more risk than placing individual bets and should be used cautiously.
Another popular MMA betting option is the over/under rounds market. This wager is placed on how many total rounds the fight will last. This is based on a number of factors, including the fighters’ fighting styles and strategies. For example, fighters who prefer to use submission tactics may be able to finish fights in less than three rounds. In contrast, fighters who tend to attack early on may be able to win in the first round. In addition, the stance of each fighter (orthodox versus southpaw) can also affect the outcome of a fight.
Method of victory bets are another MMA betting market that offers different odds for each way a fighter can win the fight. These bets can be placed on the result of the fight or on the finishing series of the fight, such as by submission, KO/TKO, or decision. In this type of bet, the fighters’ past performance is taken into consideration along with their physical differences and how these factors might affect the fight.
While the UFC has banned fighters from accepting sponsorships from betting sites, most fighters still promote their gambling sponsors on social media and in prefight press conferences. Some even get paid to give bets for every fight they take part in. However, there is a growing concern that this could have an adverse effect on the sport by encouraging fighters to lose control of their emotions and be influenced by betting company money.
The MMA betting market is full of prop bets, which are wagers on specific events in a fight. These include who will score the first knockdown or attempt the first submission maneuvers, as well as whether the fighters will touch gloves before the fight starts. Prop bets can add a lot of excitement to a fight and often have higher payouts than standard moneyline bets. However, they can be very risky and should only be placed by experienced bettors.