Many argue that UFC is set to take the crown from professional boxing, if it hasn’t done so already. It has exploded in popularity, with a number of matches pulling in over a million viewers in recent years, compared to 15 years ago when viewing figures averaged at around just 50,000.

At the moment, the wagering options available to bettors are focused on who is going to win, the equivalent of moneyline wagers in other sports. More than elsewhere though, odds can vary wildly – for example, at UFC 216, to win just $100 backing favorite Demetrious Johnson required risking a huge stake of $1,150!

The strategies

When it comes to choosing the best UFC betting strategy, the simple bets involved in fights come with fairly simple strategies. However, there are things that you can do to improve your chances. Don’t just rely on popular opinion or the simple history of wins vs losses when picking who to back. Try to identify the real strengths and weaknesses of each fighter. Conor McGregor may be a superstar with a huge public following, but his takedown defense is questionable and his professional losses, though few, are currently all from submissions. Even the most versatile fighters will probably have some sort of weakness, and when matched against a fighter who is strong in that area, you may identify a potential upset many will have missed.

Learning these fighting styles, the combinations, and how each matches up to the others will put you on good ground for picking winners. What you’re really looking for is an underdog with an edge that public perception overlooks but that you can take advantage of for a big payout. 

When formulating a UFC betting strategy, it’s going to help if you know your fighters. There are lots of factors to take into account, including weight, height, age, previous wins and which fighting style they employ. Injuries, fatigue and focus may also come into play. You may find a veteran superstar who is spending more and more time in the media spotlight going up against a hungry new challenger eager for their first big win. It can be worth hunting down a sportsbook that offers different types of wagers. Prop bets are possible, as are over/under type wagers based on how long the fight will last. These bets are trickier, but if you’ve done your homework, then you can be in a position to make the most of more obscure lines.

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