What to Consider in Betting on the UFC

19 Apr , 2021,
A. J. Riot

One of the things that some sports fans also enjoy other than spectating is to bet on the games. Betting is prevalent in sports worldwide and has been a favorite sports pastime since more than two years ago. The UFC is even no stranger to this, as it has a massive following in North America and even worldwide.

If you are a fan and you want to bet on UFC events, there are a few things you need to be prepared for. Here’s what you need to consider in betting on the UFC.

The Sportsbook

A sportsbook is where you can bet on sporting events. It would often only refer to a physical venue where you can bet there and receive winnings, but in today’s time, sportsbooks have gone digital. There are now online betting sites that cater to different sports, and all you have to do is join a site, create an account, and then bet.

Why do you need to think about this? There are different kinds of sportsbooks, and you can’t just pick one and call it a day. You need to choose one that suits your needs the most. In other words, you need a site that is available in your area (if your state allows online betting), operates legally, and can bet on the UFC.

The first step should be alright as you could quickly lookup a list on the internet or government-related sites. Many available sites are legitimate but to feel secure (since transactions in the site will involve money), you may check additional signs that it is established legally, such as a license to operate, a secure website, and a responsive website customer service. Lastly, check if the sportsbook offers bets for UFC events.

The Type of Bet

When it comes to sports betting, there are different kinds of situations you can wager on, not just whether someone wins or loses. There are several bets you can do in just a single UFC event. This is so people can select a bet where they think they can win and keep the fun and thrill in the sports betting industries.

UFC events have various bets you could try. Examples of these are Moneyline or match bets, over/under bets, and method of victory bets. Moneyline or match bets are the types of bets where you wager on which fighter wins the match, regardless of the fighter’s means of winning. Over/under bets are the type of bet that makes you wager on which round the game ends, and the fight ends longer or shorter than said round. Method of Victory bets is the type which you have to bet on the means on how the fight will end.

The amount you need to pay and the prizes you will receive will vary on what is indicated by the sportsbook’s odds. Select what type of bet you want to participate in, as long as you can pay for it.


The odds are set ratioed amounts that indicate the money to be bet or to be won. There can be different odds depending on the UFC match and the type of bets the match has. In a typical UFC betting odds, each is assigned as the favorite fighter and the underdog fighter. The favorite is the fighter that is said to be more likely to win, and the underdog is the fighter that is less likely to win.

Additionally, the favorite will have a minus sign and the underdog a plus sign along with it. If we assume you have to bet a hundred dollars, let’s have an example. We have fighter A as the favorite and fighter B as the underdog. Fighter A has -120, and fighter B has +150. If you want to support fighter A, you need to pay $120 to win $100. On the other hand, if you want to support fighter B, you need to pay $100 to win $150.

You can also rely on the odds as a way of figuring out your bet if you haven’t decided yet. It is also vital that you check the odds to know how much you have to spend.

The Fighters

When you bet in a sport, you should know who the competitors are, especially if you are a serious bettor. Knowing the fighters in the UFC match will help you make up your mind on who to bet on. It would be better if you knew the fighters before them fighting the match, but if you come across a match with unfamiliar faces and want to vote for them, you can always look up their stats and read the odds.

UFC’s fighter stats can be easily found on their website. You can look for the specific event you will be spectating and look up the participating fighters’ profiles. Another option is going to the athlete’s section, where you can scroll down below the list of titleholders and click view athletes. You can check on their stats, such as their fights, techniques, and additional information such as Q&A’s. The odds can give you a different idea of who would possibly win the match.

To Sum it Up

Before you bet on the UFC, you need to have a basic idea about betting not to get lost. Make sure you prepared an account on a good sportsbook, read the odds, and know the fighters. But most importantly, have fun and don’t stress it.