MMA betting can be an entertaining form of gambling, yet can be highly dangerous. Before placing their bet, bettors must conduct extensive research on both the sport and fighters they wish to back, such as looking into past results, styles, strengths/weaknesses, weight cuts/impact of fights etc.
Newcomers to MMA betting should start by familiarizing themselves with its basics, such as placing moneyline bets. This wager type involves picking a fighter you believe will win their fight and choosing an online sportsbook with competitive odds and an array of MMA markets that offer them. Bettor must set realistic budget limits that don’t exceed their means and avoid gambling beyond your means, in addition to trying not chase losses by trying to make up losses from previous bets.
There are also other MMA betting types, such as parlays (accumulators), over/unders, method of victory betting and inplay betting that offer higher payouts but may require more effort when placing than moneyline bets. Furthermore, odds for these bets will change during an MMA fight itself – something moneyline bets do not provide.
Mmma betting can be a thrilling yet unpredictable sport, so it is key that you study each fighter’s style and fighting methods carefully before betting. Doing this will allow you to predict how they will perform in the fight and where their strengths lie. In addition, reading about past match histories as well as stats such as strikes landed, takedown defense, etc can help provide key insight that could enable winning bets in future matches.
An increasingly popular form of MMA betting is Over/Under Rounds. These bets focus on how many rounds an fight will last and to succeed at placing one you must accurately predict that number – some sportsbooks even provide three-way fight odds that allow bettors to choose between DRAW or HIT odds as a winning option – while some offer three-way lines with odds which allow bettors to choose both options simultaneously for greater betting flexibility.
Keep in mind that MMA fights are judged, not refereed, with judges awarding points based on who earned the highest overall scores from them. If the contest finishes tied via decision, an independent third judge would score it as a draw and award the winner the victory.
Betting on an unbeaten fighter may seem alluring, but reality tells a different tale: most unbeaten prospects eventually lose at some point in their careers. Bookmakers typically offer these fighters inflated odds that may cause problems when competing against higher-level competition. Pay attention at weigh-ins and be wary of fighters making late weight cuts; extreme dehydration can affect cerebrospinal fluid in their brain and increase susceptibility to knockouts.