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What does it take to become a professional MMA fighter?

29 Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

You may have been an MMA fan for many years.  And like myself, you may be perfectly fine with being just a fan, following your favorite fighters in their conquests from the comfort of your living room couch. But there are some fans who may yearn to strap on a set of gloves, tuck in a mouthpiece, and step into the cage themselves – as a professional MMA fighter. But what does it take to become a pro in this strenuous and often chaotic sport? Read on to find out.

A background in martial arts

MMA stands for ‘Mixed Martial Arts’ – as the name suggests, the sport is a mixture of various martial arts and combat sports. To succeed in MMA, at a minimum you need a base art which specializes in grappling (e.g, wrestling, judo, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and another art which specializes in striking (boxing, karate, Muay Thai just to name a few). Of course the most successful pros have years of experience in multiple arts.  For example, Anderson Silva – widely considered as one of the greatest fighters in the short history of the sport – has a background in Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and boxing, along with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But quality matters more than quantity; once you’ve mastered your striking and grappling base, you can explore other arts and bring in the best elements of each system into your unique fighting style. The arts most fitting for MMA are the ones where participants do live sparring with each other, as merely doing katas does not prepare one to fight a resisting opponent. To date, wrestling and BJJ have been the most successful grappling base arts for MMA, while boxing and Muay Thai are among the top striking bases.

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How Boxing And Gambling Will Forever Be Linked

28 Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

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There is simply no denying that boxing is one of the most popular combat sports in the world. It is a sport with a long history that comes attached to millions of fans and spectators. Of course, only as time has passed and TV and the internet became more prevalent, it only added to the wide-spread reach of the sport. In fact, with the wide availability of the internet and online casinos, gamblers can now place bets on fighters and fights right from the comfort of their own homes. Not only has this made boxing more convenient, but it has made betting on it more versatile. Gamblers not only can now bet on the outcome of the fight, but they have tons of other platforms to gamble on as well. Whatever the situation is, boxing and gambling will always be linked. And, if you want to make the most of both, you are going to need to pick up some betting tips along the way.

Learn More About The Boxers

As the popularity of boxing has spread so has the sport. The sport has always been big, but now it would be nearly impossible to know everything that you need to know about the fighters. In today’s realm, many fighters hold belts, there are many belts in several different weight classes, and there are always up and coming fighter climbing the ranks. It would be literally impossible to know everything you need to know about every fighter. This is why you have to do your research before any fight. Don’t just rely on the win/loss record of the fighter. Know his fighting style and what motivates him as a fighter. Is he fighting for his country, his family, or maybe just to make a living?

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The Basics Of Building An MMA Betting Bankroll

27 Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

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Boxing might be the most established combat sport in the world, but there is no denying that MMA is biting and nipping right at its heels. With UFC just recently signing a major contract with ESPN, the sport is now becoming more and more recognizable.  Besides, the sport is now legal in a number of countries and states where it used to be illegal. Simply put, MMA is one the rise! You combine this with the overall rise of sports betting and it won’t be long before there is real action to be made in betting on the sport. However, before you can do that, you are going to need to build a bankroll.

What Is An MMA Betting Bankroll?

To most people, this probably seems pretty self-explanatory. If that’s not the case then this is okay because you are about to learn. An MMA betting bankroll is pretty much what the name implies: money that you can bet on fights with. It will be the exact total amount of money that you have in a separate account to bet with. Opening an account with one of the major betting websites will allow you to place bets and browse odds. The more money you have in your account, the more you will be able to bet. You’ll either be able to place larger bets on single fights or place several smaller bets on a wide range of fights.

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Boxing Betting During a Pandemic

26 Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

The online boxing betting world is a big industry. Boxing and betting have been intertwined since the very beginning. It’s a sport that brings to mind fistfuls of cash from excited bettors. So what’s a boxing bettor to do during the coronavirus pandemic? With so many cancellations, both new and experienced bettors are taking a step back and reevaluating.

Boxing is also one of the oldest major sports. It has been around for a long time, and it’s going to take more than COVID-19 to give it a KO. Let’s take a look at what you can do while we wait for things to come back online. We will also review where online sports betting has been, and when we can expect to get back in the action

What can you do in the meantime

While most of the sports world is on pause as the world is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we are figuring out how to make the most of this time. We have a few recommendations so that when boxing comes back online for bets, you’ll be ready to go.

The first thing, if you have not yet, is to read a good online boxing betting guide. This cannot be overstated. Many may think that being a boxing fan prepares you to be a good boxing bettor. Read the guide and see just how much you will learn.

In addition to learning the basics of boxing betting, you should also be researching the different competitors. This is more than asking simply who is the best. You should also be watching for stamina, strength, and style. This type of knowledge will help you win the more complex prop or round bets.

Another thing you can do is to switch to UFC betting. While they have cancelled most events, the highly anticipated UFC 249 is still scheduled to take place on April 18th. They will fight without a live audience, but fight they will!

How was it before

Before the coronavirus, online sports betting was booming. In 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unconstitutional the monopoly that Nevada had on sports betting in US. This is how legal online sports betting spread across the country. Before everything closed down, online boxing betting was surging.

Legal Sports Report shows that in 2019, sports betting made $1,390,427,457. In eleven different states across the United States this industry raked in over $180 million in taxes.

The business was going up, up, up. Things have stopped on a dime. If you missed out on the first phases of the industry’s growth, you’re not too late. Make the most of this down time to be ready to win all the bets when boxing returns. This has been a whiplash for online boxing bettors and for boxers. To go from such a booming age to a sudden stop has been tough. We miss the excitement.

Also, unlike mainstream ball-and-stick athletes, boxers are usually subcontractors. This means that they do not get paid unless they fight. And they still have to cover all the costs related to their job. So all the training and travel invested in fights, they do not get that back.

What has been cancelled

Most boxing events are either cancelled or postponed. But these fighters can withstand more than most of us. This sport will return.

All PBC events for March and May have been postponed. It is the hope that these will be rescheduled. But with the way things are right now, we cannot be sure when this will happen.

For now, we can only see as far as the end of April. But with US-wide social distancing guidelines in place until then, it is difficult to imagine live audiences the day after, on May 1.

The Japan Boxing Commission has decided to reopen fights starting in mid-May. We can hope that they will not require another postponement. For now, we have to accept a level of uncertainty about when the fights will return. And do everything we can to be ready when the time comes.

Avoid These Boxing Betting Mistakes

20 Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

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Sports betting has always been popular among the masses, but it seems like it has risen to new heights as of late. This could have something to do with all the available online betting sites. It may also have something to do with the fact that more and more states are now recognizing sports betting as a legal activity. Whatever the situation is, there is no denying that sports betting is here to stay. Along with this, there are a number of benefits that one can take advantage of when betting on sports. Not only will it make the event more exciting, but there is always the real potential that you could make money. This is especially true when it comes to boxing. All that being said, if you do want to bet on the sport of boxing, you should without a doubt make sure that you avoid these common rookie mistakes.

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The Appeal of Boxing Betting

Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

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Boxing betting is enormously popular, particularly when a major fight is coming up. Boxing has a long history of around 5,000 years, and there is also a long history of betting on this sport. It is the longest prevailing sports betting pursuit. It is mostly loved by fans who like full-contact sports such as soccer, rugby, and NFL sports. Sports channels are regularly broadcasting major boxing events through high definition video streams.

Boxing is primarily a martial art

Boxing is primarily a martial art, and a high profile combat sport practiced and enjoyed all over the world. Like in many martial arts, two fighters wage combat with each other in an elevated, roped off square area called a ring. The area of the ring must be at least 16 square feet and can be as big as 24 square feet, depending on the importance of the fight, prerequisite of fighters, and location of the event. It is a noteworthy point that large ring favors fast fighters, while a small one favors the big bulky punchers. The main aim of boxing is to punch the opponent with gloved fists to attain points and win the round. The fight continues for a predetermined number of rounds, or until one of the opponents is unable to sustain the punches and falls undefended, defeated lying in the ground for ten seconds resulting in a knockout.

Boxing betting

There are six primary markets on boxing betting, unlike other sports where there are many markets and options. In online sportsbook websites, you can place your bet on any major event with ease and convenience. From online sport betting websites, you can place a bet on other sports like football, tennis, basketball. Over there, you will find Football League Tables, which gives information about all upcoming football matches. Below are some of the most popular boxing markets.

Outright winner

You simply bet on one of the two fighters who you believe is more likely to win the match. You do not need to predict the rounds of the match or method of victory; all you need is to foretell the winner. This strategy of betting works best when you are certain that a particular fighter will win the match.

Total rounds betting

In a 12 round title match, the standard bet is 9.5; you wager the fight will last for more or less than 9.5 rounds. In this market, you are not predicting the winner; you are simply forecasting the number of rounds the fight will last;-9.5 less than nine rounds, +9.5 more than nine rounds. If you think the opponents are fairly evenly matched and both have the strength and stamina to sustain a long fight, then bet for +9.5.

Winning method

You are placing your bet on a particular fighter to win the match in a specific way. It could be by decision or by knock out.

While choosing a sports betting g website, focus on some factors before making your decision. Choose a reputed, trustworthy, and established online sports wager website to place your bet. Look for reviews and comments of existing bettors to know the pedigree of the website.  Choose a betting website that provides competitive odds, which will enhance your chance of winning.

 

 

 

4 Reasons Why Boxing Became Popular Among Students

9 Mar , 2020,
Emma Rundle

Boxing is an exciting sport, especially for the macho types, and quite attractive to most young male students in high schools and colleges. It is a sport that expresses masculinity and brawn and demonstrates power and courage.

Boxing is popular across high school and college gyms acting as a common denominator for the bright in class and the not so smart. It engenders a sense of unity for sparring partners and promotes respect among peers. Among many other reasons for the popularity of boxing for students, here are four top ones.

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1. Boxing helps relieve stress

Students face multiple stress loads, especially during exam times that can compromise their performance. Besides pressures to excel in exams, they face various personal and relationship issues and general stresses of growing up. This is where hitting the gym for a boxing workout or sparring is a good option besides having a good time with friends.

The intensity needed in a punching bag workout is heavy and stimulates a generous flow of endorphins. These body chemicals, when released into the bloodstream, act as a natural anti-stress and anti-anxiety drug.

The effect relieves the mind and leaves you feeling good and with a sense of well-being. It is a simple way to exercise and relieve stress and a boxing ring is freely available to students in most high school and college gyms.

Using EduBirdie is another good way of relieving yourself from the stress of writing assignments that are either difficult or to be submitted in tight deadlines. From essays to thesis and dissertation to coursework, the professional writers there can take care of every type of assignment for you.

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The Ultimate Go-Getter’s Guide to MMA Betting

8 Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Mainstream betting is the new norm and punters are making a killing out of it. If you are a dedicated online punter, you need to get your house in order and embrace the new changing wave. You can place wagers on MMA fights in a seamless process with an ultimate guideline. It would be best if you had a clear mind to increase the available odds and be a decorated MMA bettor within no time. You need to avoid monotonous errors made by casual punters if you wish to go pro. Here’s the ultimate go-getter’s guide to MMA betting.

Shop

Here’s an easy step that most punters put off. With a myriad of online bookies, you certainly don’t expect them to be the same. Each casino or bookie has odds which are slightly different from their counterparts. If you intend to wager a bet on any sport such as MMA, you need to shop around regularly. Line shopping is very fundamental and integral if your vision is to become a hawk-eyed bettor. Be sure to note any adjusted odds and weigh the line’s ultimate value for any upcoming event.

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The Benefits of Contact Sports on Your Mental Health

Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

One great thing to get into is of course, contact sports. They are great for your physical fitness, and sports like Muay Thai and mixed martial arts are great for building a strong mind-body connection so you can become better at controlling your body.

But what can contact sports do for your mental health? Why do they matter? Read on to find out the benefits of contact sports on a mental plane, rather than just on a physical one.

Helps Build Confidence

Contact sports require you to control your body in order to hit the opponent or the bag.  When you do it correctly, it can help you feel better about yourself.

For some of us, especially if we think we’re “small” or “weak” this can be a huge confidence booster. Being able to control your body in such a way proves you’re powerful, and for many people, it’s that boost of confidence that they need. If you really want to feel good about yourself, consider getting into some contact sports, for it can help you learn skills and help you understand your body.

It also is good to know because if you’re in a situation where you’re fighting someone larger, being able to take them down and knowing how to disarm them is incredibly valuable, and worth learning as well.

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Online Gambling Game Types: Bet on Boxing

7 Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

The boxer walks to the ring in slow but steady strides, wearing in a shining robe with a name embossed in back of it. The atmosphere is electric; excited crowds cheer for their favorite boxer. In the middle of the ring, the two fighters stand toe to toe; eye to eye waiting for a ferocious battle. As the bell sounds the two pounce on each other. As the match begins the anticipation, the temperature rise, few sports match the excitement and feverish pitch of boxing. The bettors around the world watch every foot movement, every punch, every glorious moment.

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