How to bet on UFC fights – Learn how UFC odds work

UFC fights are suddenly becoming the most bet on events in sports, and most bettors really don’t have any idea of how to bet on UFC fights. In this piece, I’ll explain where to bet on UFC, how to bet on UFC and how UFC and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) odds work and what sportsbooks have MMA betting lines.

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How to bet on UFC fights

Unlike football as basketball where there are point spreads (ex. -7, +13.5) UFC fights have odds which are called moneylines. A moneyline is basically a way for the sportsbooks to even out the betting public. So for example if Chuck Liddell was fighting a no name guy in his first fight, Liddell would be a HUGE favorite, probably around -4400 or so (44 to 1). If there was no moneyline, you could just bet on the favorite everytime, and become a millionaire pretty quickly.

So here is an actual example from a UFC fight, that will explain the odds a bit better.

Tito Ortiz (-140)

Rashad Evans (+120)

In this matchup, Tito is the favorite at -140. This means that for every $1.40 you bet, you win $1. So if you were to bet $140 on Tito, you’d win $100 (profit) if he is victorious. Rashad is the underdog in this match at +120. This means that for every $1 you bet, you will win $1.2o. So if you bet $100 on Rashad, and he wins, you will win $120 (profit).

The moneylines on UFC fights will often change with the amount of money coming in on each side. If a bunch of money is coming in on one side, the sportsbook will adjust the moneyline to even out the action and get bettors betting on the other fighter. With that said, whatever the odds are when you place your bet, is the odds you get. They don’t change like in horse racing.

Where to bet on UFC fights – UFC sportsbooks

Currently, only about 50-60% of the quality sportsbooks out there offer betting lines on UFC fights. I’ve made deposits at about 30 online sportsbooks over the past year, and I’ve narrowed them all down and found the best 2 sportsbooks for UFC betting. All of the sportsbooks I recommend are very safe, have quick payouts, and also have the best odds for betting UFC fights.

1. Bovada.lv – Bovada’s sportsbook has been around since 1995, and is one of the most trusted sportsbooks in the gambling industry. They have really started catering to the UFC/MMA crowd and are the best UFC sportsbook out there. Read a more indepth review of UFC Bovada betting here.

2.  Betonline.ag - Betonline is a major online sportsbook, and a big supporter of the UFC. Their odds for mixed martial arts are usually just for UFC events. They usually have great odds if you like to bet favorites. Read a full indepth review of Betonline UFC betting site here. These are pretty much our favorite sites for gambling on UFC events. For other articles on betting please see our sister site at onlinebetting.com. Sorry, we don’t talk about bingo. :)

20 Responses to How to bet on UFC fights – Learn how UFC odds work

  1. BSSS April 18, 2008 at 4:33 am #

    is it worth betting on UFC rather than football and basketball? i usually bet on football (on the favourites) and find that my success rate is very low. just wondering if betting on UFC favourites will win me more bets.
    cheers

  2. Best Rakeback January 5, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Yeah, that makes perfect sense…Where do you reckon one can get some MMA picks? good ones… Anybody?

  3. Bart February 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    I appreciate the info. With the rise of the sport, betting will only increase. As for Picks … I find that not many ppl are dishing out good ones these days. Everybody has an opinion and is posting it… but analysis wise, logical thinking gets lost in it.

  4. Sports Geek March 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    Great information here for beginners. Anyone reading these comments should sign up for the Free MMA Betting guide.. it was very useful.

  5. ash321 July 14, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    Its a good article, but I still dont really understand…in the example youve given, why would you want to put money on Ortiz when even if he won you couldnt win back at least the amount you strated with??

  6. dearash July 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    @ash321
    you missed the word PROFIT. so thats minus the money u put in

  7. Rake rebate October 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    @ash321

    Ortiz can actually win it back plus some more. if he wins, you get your money back PLUS $1 for every $1.40 you wagered. You get less than even money because he’s likely to win. It’s the bookie’s way of evening the match-up, getting close to equal money on both sides. If Ortiz earned you even money everyone would bet him without exception, and that’d kill the bookie.

  8. aren November 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    i was just wonder, which one is better if you wanna make some serious money. is it better to bet on the obvious winners and win a little bit at a time, or is it better to bet on the underdogs and win more money but not as often as you would if you were betting on the favorite. i would really appreciate some input on this from experienced people. i have never bet on any sports but i have good knowledge on the ufc and i was thinking about starting to bet on fights. i would really appreciate for information from knowledgable betters, thank you very much.

  9. soulja December 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    souljaboy tellem!

  10. Jim February 6, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Aren – Bets where you make the most money are on guys you know that stats on, and the odds favor that fighter. Hard to explain so let me give you an example.

    Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez: Any real fighter knew Cain would have won that fight 10 out of 10 times, yet Brock was the favorite just because he’s a crowd please, looks like a freak, but in reality the odds were no good because they favored him simply because of this. You would have bet as much as possible on Cain to win this fight underdog or not (as long as the odds weren’t too retarded).

    Just an example, if you know your fighters you going to make money. Pick your fights and odds wisely though!

  11. Andy February 18, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    What if the fight ends in a draw, like Ortiz vs Evans did?

  12. Jr March 18, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    I’m a member of betus.com It’s great.I get a decent amount of free plays.They have both the Ufc and Strikeforce .They have a mobile site too.Referral number 865309.

  13. Shayne June 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Hey where is my free $27 betting guide i subscribed to your blog and all that was sent is the “How to bet on ufc” that is right here on your blog for all to see, wtf?

  14. Pat June 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Hey Shayne,
    Im working on an updated version. I will have it sent out to you soon.

    Thanks

  15. prettyboy December 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    WWE RULES

  16. prettyboy December 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    UFC FASTEST GROWING SPORT IN THE WORLD. AWESOME

  17. Pat February 2, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Hey Rambo. I’m working on a new one, get back to you soon.

    Thanks

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