MMA Betting Basics

When it comes to mma betting, the sport’s fans have a variety of wagering options to choose from. Understanding the different types of bets and how they work is essential to making informed wagering decisions. In addition to the main bets, you can also make MMA Prop bets (properties), Parlays (accumulators), Over/Under Round Totals, and Method of Victory bets.

The simplest and most straightforward bet is a money line bet on which fighter will win a given match. This is a straight bet that pays out according to the odds of a given fighter, with negative odds representing the favorite and positive ones representing the underdog. The odds are based on the plus and minus system that is common in sports gambling and can be confusing at first, but once you understand it it’s easy to read MMA odds.

Odds on a fight will change over the course of a week leading up to the fight, with different sportsbooks posting different odds. This is known as line shopping and it’s an integral strategy for a sharp bettor. The best time to shop lines is as soon as they are posted, as the lines will be more accurate than later in the day.

MMA betting can be fun and lucrative, but it is important to keep your emotions in check. If you are not disciplined enough to place your bets based on factual information and analysis, you will end up losing more than you should. In addition, you should always set a budget and stick to it. This will prevent you from making emotional decisions that could ruin your bankroll.

Mma is a fast-paced sport, with the majority of matches being decided in a few rounds. As a result, Over/Under Round Totals are popular MMA betting bets. The sportsbooks will set an Over/Under number based on the fighting styles of the two fighters and the expected number of rounds in the fight. The Over/Under bets are then priced according to the vig (or juice) charged by the sportsbook.

In addition, a KO or TKO bet is a wager on whether a particular fighter will win a specific round in the fight. This type of bet is very popular with MMA fans, as it adds an extra element of excitement to the fight. The KO or TKO bet can be placed at the start of each round, or during a break in the action. The bet is settled as a winner if the fighter wins by KO or TKO, or a decision is made on the scorecards. A majority decision is defined as a fighter scoring more points on two of the three judges’ scorecards. A split decision, however, is not considered a winner. If one of the judges scores for the same fighter, the bet is settled as a draw. A split decision can only occur in a non-title fight. In a title fight, the judges must be unanimous for the bet to be settled as a winner.