UFC Betting Guide
Sports fans in Canada love UFC. MMA is extremely popular among Canadians and UFC is gaining popularity each year. Standing for Ultimate Fighting Championship, there are a number of events held worldwide with household names such as Connor McGregor and Canadian star Georges St Pierre.
A number of events are held in Vegas, but with plenty of interest throughout Canada, venues such as the Rogers Centre are holding regular UFC events with a number of professional fighters on the card.
UFC fans in Canada love a competitive card and a number of events throughout the year provide this.
Wagering on the sport has become increasingly popular with a number of sportsbooks such as Sports Interaction and William Hill offering markets and enhanced odds on each main card. The number of markets is increasing and it is easy to get started and place a wager.
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Odds & Markets
The Online Sportsbooks are quick to price up the markets ahead of each event. The most popular method of wagering is on the outright market and this is the simplest market.
Each player is priced up according to their chances of victory.
Unlike other sporting events, there aren’t always overwhelming favorites and value can often be found in this 50/50 market.
A couple of examples of how it might be priced up:
Competitor A -137.50
Competitor B +110
Competitor A is the favorite to win this fight and a $20 wager would return $14.50 + $20 stake. If competitor A is victorious, you will be paid out $34.50.
Competitor B is the outsider of the pair and offers a little more value. UFC can be unpredictable and surprises can occur. If you have a $20 wager on this fighter, you would receive $42 + your $20 stake.
You will be paid out whether the fighter wins by Knock-out, Submission or Decision. If the arm is raised at the end of the fight and you have wagered on said fighter, you will be paid out.
The lines and odds on each fighter can change over the course of the week with news, rumors and market support all shortening and increasing the value accordingly.
Round Betting – There are only 5 rounds in each fight and online sportsbooks in Canada have markets available on individual rounds.
For increased value, it’s possible to wager on the winner & in which round he successfully clinches the victory.
For example –
Competitor A to win in Round 1 +400
Competitor B to win Round 1 +500
As you can see, Competitor A is still the favourite to win overall, but returns will be much bigger if bettors are able to narrow down the correct round.
Both players and all five rounds will be priced up by the majority of online sportsbooks. Sports Interaction and Bet365 are the best two sportsbooks for UFC betting.
The final options in this market is each player ‘To win on points’ and each player ‘To win by knockout’. These provide bigger returns if correctly selected.
For example –
Competitor A to win on points +300
Competitor B to win on points +550
Method of Victory (Grouped)
Whilst larger returns are available on the above market, this is a handy way of keeping your options open. If you are confident of a fighter’s chances, but find the value on the outright market too skinny, this could be the market for you.
Competitor A to win by KO, Technical KO or Disqualification
Competitor A to win by Decision or Technical Decision
These markets are popular among Canadian bettors as it offers better value and keeps an interest throughout.
Will the fight go the distance?
One of the simpler markets offered by sportsbooks. Will the fight last 5 rounds?
There are two options here – Yes & No.
‘No’ is usually the shorter of the two lines available as fewer fights go all the way without a knock-out or disqualification.
Some fighters are typically ‘big hitters’ and very few of their match-ups will go down to a decision.
An increasingly popular market which is very similar to those offered in NHL, NBA and Soccer. The line will be decided according to each fighter’s history & any head to heads statistics that may exist.
It is usually set at either Over 1.5 Rounds or Over 2.5 Rounds.
Over 1.5 Rounds -162.50
Under 1.5 Rounds +137.50
Many of the aforementioned prop Bets are widely available with a number of online sportsbooks and extremely popular.
Make sure you have watched plenty of UFC before beginning to wager on individual bouts. Always check previous match-ups, some fighters have a history of lengthy battles where knock-outs are a rarity and there is little to choose between them.
Also watch out for the tactics of individual fighter. For example – How do they overcome trouble? How do they handle the pressure of being the favourite? Do they perform better at particular venues or in specific countries?
Similar to other sports such as horse racing or NBA, look out for fighters who have performed admirably but just fallen short. These are ones to watch out for during their future UFC match-ups.
There are plenty of statistical websites offering information on popular UFC fighters and with the growing popularity of the sport throughout Canada, it won’t be hard to acquire information.
Other Ways to Bet
Outside of betting on individual match-ups, accumulators are extremely popular amongst Canadian UFC fans.
This requires a number of fighters, often competing on the same card, to all win. You will only secure a return on the wager if all of the selections are successful. With a number of fights on each card, it’s a terrific way for sports fans to keep an interest throughout and during the build-up to the main event. This is also known as a parlay bet.
Some online sportsbooks will offer enhanced odds on selected match-ups throughout the year. Bodog Sports and Bet365 both offer slightly improved lines on carefully selected outcomes from high profile fights.
In-Play wagering is available on some bouts, particularly those of a high-profile nature. The lines will alter throughout the contest according to each fighter’s dominance and state. In particularly topsy-turvy contests this allows bettors to change their mind throughout. This is a popular way of wagering with bettors in Canada, particularly those who are sat watching the bouts on television.
How it works
UFC is split into nine different weight classes. These include Flyweight, Bantamweight, Welterweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight. Ahead of each session each fighter is classified depending on their current weight and will only face competitors in the same division.
Fights take place inside an ‘Octagon’ as opposed to a ring. It is forbidden to leave this during the bout.
UFC bouts are either classified as ‘Standard’ or ‘Championship’ with the former limited to just three rounds and the latter being competed over five. Each round lasts five minutes. There is a one minute break in-between. Similar to Boxing, competitors are allowed to liaise with their corner men or trainers during the breaks.
It is possible to win by knock-out, technical knock-out, submission or decision. Knock-out is fairly self-explanatory with Technical KO being decided by the referee if he deems one of the competitors unable to defend himself. Submission occurs when one of the fighters declares and decides to concede the fight. Also known as ‘Tapping Out’.
A decision occurs when the fight goes the distance and requires a panel of 3 judges who score the competitors on each round’s performance. The result will either be a split or majority decision. Finally, disqualification can occur if one of the fighters is adjudged to have flouted the rules.
Draws can occur but are rare and the returns are much bigger on these with most online sportsbooks.
Before placing any wagers on UFC bouts, make sure you have previously watched both competitors in action and are familiar with their fighting style.
Some competitors do not fare well as underdogs whilst others thrive under the pressure.
When two players are closely matched on ability, it’s often better to wager on the fight to go the distance or on Over 1.5/Over 2.5 rounds.
Always check fighter’s head to head records. There are many rivalries in the sport and a number of competitors have a terrific record against one another.
If you have can acquire information about the fighter’s preparations that always helps. Competitors traveling long distances can often require several days to overcome jet lag or delayed flights can sometimes delay preparations. Check social media for this kind of insight.
UFC has continually grown in popularity throughout Canada and is becoming a popular betting event. There are an ever increasing number of competitors and fights staged around the country and more people are watching each and every contest. Online Sportsbooks are adding more markets for the sport and increasing the In-Play opportunities available. Wagering on UFC is growing in popularity and it’s never been easier to follow all of the action.