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Betting on MMA/UFC

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA as its more commonly known, is one of the fastest growing sports the world – largely due to the recent rise of UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship). Here at @TeamFA we have bets for all UFC/MMA events that we post on Twitter (@TeamFA), and on the website. Our two most popular bets being ‘Who will win the fight outright’, and how the fight will finish (for example, Conor McGregor by KO/TKO). These are the type of bets that generate the biggest odds and highest returns for our loyal following. Selecting such bets is not easy and requires thorough research. For example; if a fighter is especially good at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (UFC fighter Demain Maia is an expert at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), and his opponent is flawed in that area, the bet what is mostly likely going to come in is Demain Maia to Win Outright and to finish by Submission.

Other bet-types we like to focus on here at TeamFA is round betting and method of victory. If a fighter is prone for finishing the fight early (for example UFC Legend Vitor Belfort) then you can back your selection to win as early as round 1. If a fighter is an expert at taking the opponent down and grinding out decisions (like George St Pierre) the recommended bet would be GSP by points. Here are a selection of our more popular betting markets for MMA.

Most popular markets

  • Fight Result Outright
  • Method of Victory
  • Round Betting (What round the fight will finish?)
  • Will the fight go the distance? Yes or No

Finding the best odds for MMA betting can be a tricky task, with bookmakers sometimes focusing on more prominent contact sports such as Boxing. Our aim is to do that for you. With any of our selections, we’ll always to try to bring you the best odds available and in doing do, the highest returns. Betfair are one of the best bookmakers to price up UFC and offer a great introductory offer for all new accounts.

The history behind MMA

Mixed Martial Arts is a relatively new sport which first came into the public eye in 1993 when the UFC was first established and was broadcasted on pay-per- view with an 8-man tournament of fights that had no gloves, no time limit, weight class or judges, just 2 rules – No biting or eye gouging. Since then Mixed Martial Arts has recently exploded into the mainstream media with the emergence of new rules, weight classes and government sanctioning athletic commissions and global stars such as Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey being at the forefront of this, the sport has gone from being relative obscurity to being watched by millions across the world.

The Main Things you need to know

  •  All fights start standing up
  • Punching, Kicking, Elbows and Knees are all forms of striking in Mixed Martial Arts
  • Ground fighting in MMA is where the fight ends up on the canvas and both fighters are looking for submission holds or better positions to ground and pound
  • Fighters can win by knocking the opponent out (KO), the referee stopping the fight due to one of the fighter’s not being able to intelligently defend themselves anymore (TKO), submission or if there is no finish to the fight by the end of the rounds, it goes to a judge's scorecard.
  • A submission is when a fighter is forced to tap out due to their opponent locking them in a position such as a chokehold or a joint lock and they can no longer continue.
  • The fights are split into 3 Five Minute Rounds in the UFC with 1 minute break in-between rounds, although championship fights and main events are 5 Five Minute Rounds
  • If a fight goes to a judge's decision, 3 judges score the fight on effective striking, grappling, who is pushing the action the most and cage control where the winner of the round gets 10 points and the loser getting 9 or less.
  • In Mixed Martial Arts, just like boxing have weight classes so every fight is fair and no one has an advantage
  • The main moves and techniques used in MMA come from various martial arts such as Boxing, Kickboxing, Karate, Muay Thai, Freestyle and Greco Roman Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo and more but all blended into one sport.