The Ultimate MMA Betting Strategy Guide

The origins of Mixed Martial Arts can be dated back to the 648 BC Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, where striking combined with Wrestling. Nowadays it is one of the fastest-growing sports on earth, thanks in part to the Gracie family introducing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the USA in the 90s. From just 86k pay-per-views for Ultimate Fighting Championship 1, the PPVs shot up to 1.3 million for UFC 251.

If you’re interested in wagering on the red-hot action that unfolds inside the ring, there’s no better place to do it than online, where you can research, stake, and receive your winnings instantly!

Get to Know Your Fighter

MMA fighters will traditionally have one specific field in which they excel. Daniel Cormier, Henry Cejudo, Jon Jones, Khabib Nurmagomedov all specialise in Wrestling, but Israel Adesanya is an expert Kickboxer. What field the fighter is most proficient in will tell you a lot about how their opponents will fare and even indicate whether they will win by decision or Technical Knockout.

There are also websites featuring all the statistics you need to know, where you will be able to see fighters’ strengths and weaknesses broken down. It is important you check information like how many knockdowns they have landed, what their strikes-landed-per-minute numbers look like, how many times they’ve taken down their opponent, and what their accuracy and defence are like.

Consider Betting on the Underdog

Wagering on underdogs that have been underpriced because you’ve done your homework, researched the bout, and are bringing some knowledge to the table is always a good idea. Staking on overwhelming favourites just isn’t worth it unless you can put a few hundred down.

Review Your Parlay Betting Options

Parlays are single wagers which combine at least two individual stakes and offer a higher payout than betting severally would. Try betting on a slight Favourite with an underpriced underdog, for example:

  • Henry Cejudo (+200) versus T. J. Dillashaw (-260)
  • Gregor Gillespie (-500) versus Yancy Medeiros (+375)

Choosing Cejudo as an underpriced underdog at (+200) and combining this selection with big favourite Gillespie (-500) would be our decision. This Parlay combines to (+260), so your AU$100 wager on this stake would net you AU$270 if you guessed correctly.

As tempting as it may be to Parlay multiple MMA bouts together on just one bet, we always advise that you don’t! Instead, limit your Parlay picks to three selections at a time because correctly making more than three predictions is very unlikely.

Try Live MMA Bets

Betting on live MMA bouts is a lot different to wagering in real time on other major sports. The odds change at a lightning speed so you need to prepare yourself to bet long before this happens. When current odds change you need to be ahead of them, snagging them before they get updated. Many bookmakers freeze wagering at the last stages of a fight because of big bets being placed at the last second.