Looking to increase your knowledge of the sports betting world of UFC? This all-inclusive guide will guide you into the next steps. Whether you are a fan of the sport itself or you are a fan of betting, UFC provides excellent betting opportunities that anyone can benefit from.
To start betting on UFC, you need to get a few things organized first. If you are a successful sports bettor, you may already have a method to your madness.
For UFC betting, I like to narrow it down to five simple steps that benefit everyone. Those steps are as follows:
Your first task at hand is to select your sportsbook. Some sportsbooks offer lucrative incentives for joining, or they have a better website design that is easy to navigate. Bovada, for example, has a sleek design and easy to navigate website. From time to time, they offer incentives for new users or added bonuses on deposits.
To place UFC bets online, it is important to find the sportsbook that is right for you. There are also ones that are more mobile-friendly, and payouts are better, so you would need to compare and contrast the one you like to other leading betting sites. Once you find one you like, look up reviews on the overall experience and see what other sports bettors have to say about their time using that sportsbook.
Once you have found a place to bet, you need to come up with a strategy. If you do not know a lot about UFC, I would recommend doing a little more research before placing money on any single fighter. There are safer ways to bet on UFC that do not require a ton of previous knowledge but do require important information.
With this mind, if you want to mitigate risk and keep a steady flow of winning bets, it is important to find value bets. These bets are not just about picking the winner; it is more about picking a winner that is offering you a payout that you think is better than it should be.
This is how you find value in your bets. If you would be happy only getting $20 for a fighter to win that is hands down going to win on a $100 bet, then this bet would be considered a great value. If you think it is only worth it to bet if you get $30 or more for that same fighter to win, then the bet does not have value.
The awesome part about betting on the UFC is that there is flexibility in everything you choose. You not only can bet on who is going to win, but you have options of how the fight will turn out, the length of rounds, and even who throws more jabs.
One of the more popular types of bets is a match bet. You pick who is going to win between the two, and that is it.
This keeps it simple for most people and is easiest to understand. You still need to research the fight beforehand to make sure that it would be a smart pick.
A little more experienced UFC fans could have more knowledge on select fighters. If you know a certain fighter is a submission artist, you can bet on how and when that fighter is going to submit his next opponent. You do not have to bet on every single option available, but there is something for everyone.
The wonderful thing about the internet is that it is constantly at your fingertips when you need answers. For sports betting, you can look up any statistics and information before making a decision.
A simple search online or on the UFC website can provide you with a lot of stats on select fighters. Then you can compare the two and see how they match up on paper.
If you look up Conor McGregor, you will quickly find that he is the third-best fighter in the lightweight division, has 20 wins by knockout, and his average fight time is 8:20 minutes. You can start the process of getting a bet together based on the information you research.
This is where the "anything else" category comes into play. Some bettors like to stay away from certain fights or fighters if they find something else about an event that they do not like. Not every situation deserves drastic measures, but some information may sway someone's opinion.
For example, say you have a favorite fighter that normally wins by submission and has a powerful kick to knock his opponents down. Then you find out that he has had surgery on his right knee recently and may have come back too soon to fight, you may want to avoid betting on this one altogether. You still respect the fighter, but not under the circumstances.
For American moneyline odds, they are calculated based on how much money you are going to have to bet to win $100. These odds are always paired with either a plus (+) or minus (-). These symbols will tell you whether you need to bet more than $100 (-) or less than $100 (+) to make a $100 profit.
For this example, let’s assume these numbers:
Dealing with American odds, you have to remember that the minus (-) symbol always means that you will have to bet more than $100 to win $100.
The minus (-) odds are what the market views as the favorite. Odds that are with the plus (+) symbol are viewed as the underdog.
Based on the example above, you will see that Fighter A is the favorite with odds placed at -150. So this tells us that to win $100, you would have to bet $150.
For Fighter B, their odds are at +200. So you would only have to bet $50 to win $100.
The worst thing you could do is to throw your money at everything that everyone tells you to. Not all fans of the sport are gurus, and even then, sometimes, the best analysts are wrong.
If you trust the source of the information, then it could be alright. But definitely do your research as you would based on this guide outline. It is your money at stake here, not the “hot tip provider’s” money.
If you are unsure what a stat means, you can always run a search on it. Some fighter stats vary on a time basis.
For example, takedown averages and submissions usually are measured in a 15-minute time frame. Whereas significant strikes landed and absorbed are measured per minute.
Striking and grappling accuracies are measured in overall career landed hits and attempts. Some other stats may vary from website to website, so it is important to get a rough estimate of a specific stat you are looking for.
Sometimes in the UFC world, injuries happen while the fighters are in their respective training camps. When this happens, another fighter has to take their place for the event to carry on.
If a new fighter is presented, you would need to view the matchup in the steps outlined above. Another thing to look at is how much time the other fighter has to prepare for this matchup. It takes some fighters months to adjust to their opponent’s style, and they may have to train differently.
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