Mixed martial arts has become one of the most popular sports in the world. It is often televised and featured on monthly pay-per-view events that fill some of the biggest sports stadiums in North America, Europe, and Australia. The sport has grown into a polished sport with professional athletes and a formal rulebook. It is also a betting sport with many different ways to bet on MMA fights.
Mma betting is a lot like boxing in that there are several types of wagers you can place on a fight. You can bet on the fight outcome (Win by KO, Win by Submission or Draw), on method of victory or on rounds. You can also place a parlay bet which is a multiple-bet that has the potential to boost your payouts. But you should be careful with parlays because they do involve more risk than individual bets.
MMA is an exciting and fast-paced sport to bet on, but it can be difficult to make the right decisions on which bets to place. It’s important to study the style of a fighter, as well as their record against other opponents in a certain weight class. It’s also a good idea to look at strike accuracy, strikes landed and absorbed per minute, and other metrics that help bettors understand how a fighter might perform in the ring.
Another factor to consider is the fighter’s ability to make weight. In MMA, fighters are required to weigh in before each fight and those that are close to making the limit may have to cut weight by starving themselves or dehydrating. This can have an impact on their performance and be a handicapping issue.
Some fighters are more prone to knockout losses than others and this should be considered when deciding which fighter to back. In addition, a fighter coming off a KO loss may become more cautious inside the octagon, which could affect their overall fighting ability and performance.
There are a number of other interesting MMA bets to place, including the always entertaining method-of-victory wagers. These bets allow you to predict how a specific fighter will win, with payouts determined by moneyline odds. The most common methods of victory in MMA are win by KO or TKO, win by submission, and win by decision.