If you are not familiar with MMA betting odds posted on UFC gambling sites, then trying to figure out what to bet on and how can be a bit confusing. The odds and how to read them can be best explained by reviewing an example.
Let’s say you want to bet on the main event of a UFC: Fight Night. The bout features Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson. If you just want to pick the winner, you are going to want to bet the moneyline:
Favourites are represented with a minus sign and the underdog the plus sign. In this case Rodriguez is the favourite and you would need to bet $215 to win $100. However, if you want to back the underdog, a $100 bet will win you $175.
But maybe you are not sure who will win but you are confident you know how long the fight will last. You would want to take the over or under for ‘total rounds:’
The odds are read the same way.
Like every sport, UFC/MMA events come with an assortment of prop bets from how someone wins the fight to whether it is won by decision, will go the distance, or which round the fight is won in (etc.). MMA betting odds posted at a UFC betting site will be presented in the form of a moneyline.
But there may not be a strong favourite, so two or more options could both be considered good. In that case, the one with the smallest (+) odds is the favourite.
Now the odds will be presented in one of three ways for online betting for UFC fights —American, Fractional, or Decimal. The MMA betting odds above are in American form. Fractional is presented just like it sounds, as a fraction:
Here, the figure before the slash is how much you will win for every amount of the figure after the slash that you bet. So if you are betting on Rodriguez and Waterson to go the distance, you will win $43 for every $100 you bet, plus your stake back.
Decimal odds would present as follows:
They work by simply multiplying your stake, so you would get 1.43 times your stake for betting the fight to go the distance, or 2.65 times your stake by betting that it won’t.