MMA Odds Compared

MMA betting

MMA remains one of the fast-rising sport in the past years. For people who have followed on the fight bouts, MMA presents a perfect platform where fans get to see sweat, techniques, skills, blood, and passion of the sport from the fighters. The sport has been present in the US since 1993 and with UFC organizing the bouts, there has been much success over the years thanks to popular figures in the sport. Names like Brock Lesnar, Conor McGregor have been made from the ‘Octagon’.

Up until this year, more than 430 events have been held in many countries with many fighters from all genders participating. What makes the sport famous? As opposed to sports like boxing, karate, judo, and more which majorly depend on one discipline, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), as the name suggests, is a combat sport that combines many arts including wrestling, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, karate, judo, and more. 

But with the sport gaining traction, there is still difficulty in getting the difference between MMA and UFC. Well, the difference is quite easy. MMA is the sport under which all the combined techniques are undertaken. On the other hand, the UFC is the organization that promotes the sport. Like certain football leagues organize football, the UFC plays that role. 

The sport has seen a surge in fan base with many fans all over the world keeping in touch with the events and with the growth of technology and gaming, the sport has also been commercialized where the fans can not only enjoy the bouts but can also make profits from the bouts after correctly predicting the winners. Many top bookmakers in the world have incorporated the sport. Bookmakers such as William Hill and Pinnacle among others have led the way in this. What makes them stand out?

There are many things to look out for in a bookmaker. Some of the popular features to look out for include;

  • Bonuses – Players want a platform that welcomes them with high-value promotions and with the bonuses garnered from the promotions, the wagering requirements should be at the least. With low wagering requirements, withdrawing bonuses won becomes easy.
  • Odds – This is another crucial section. The odds offered should be competitive. They should boast of low betting margins and have incentives such as in-play betting, odds boost, huge markets, and several betting options
  • Customer Service – Every player wants a platform that solves issues in real-time. On this section, availability of the team and various methods of reaching the team will play a major part
  • Reputation – This stems from the security of the players’ information and other relevant documents. It also goes down to the years the bookmaker has been in service with the licensing it has. This provides a safe gambling environment for players.
  • Payment Methods – Every player would want a convenient platform and to achieve this, one of the main aspects is the payment methods incorporated. With several easy, fast, and secure methods, the platform will be good to go
  • Mediums – A good bookmaker is that which has various mediums of access. This means that aside from players accessing the platform through their phones and tailored apps, a browser-based client interface must be provided to ensure players can access the site through browsers.

After identifying the suitable bookmaker, a player has to check the bookmaker that offers the best betting options for MMA. The following are some of the bet types to expect in the sport;

  • Moneyline

This has to go down as one of the most popular bet types you will find in all bookmakers that offer MMA. The trick in here is just choosing the outright winner. In many instances, there will be a favorite and an underdog. This bet type is not as profitable especially with the odds of the favorite being at the lowest. But when an underdog crops a surprise and a player had backed him/her, the returns should be at the highest. Unlike many sports where ‘draws’ are treated as an option, in this type of bet, a draw will have your money refunded. Only a win will give you returns.

  • Over/Under (Total Rounds)

For this option, a player will have the option of predicting if the number of rounds specified by the bookmaker will be attainable or not. For instance, an option Over/Under 2.5 will mean that if you opted for under 2.5, the bout should not go to round 3. The bout should be finished somewhere between the first round and the second round. When a player opts for over 2.5, it means that the bout should have 3 rounds or more. Remember, a normal bout should be a maximum of 3 rounds each at 5 minutes. A championship bout, on the other hand, should be a maximum of 5 rounds each at 5 minutes.

  • Method of Victory

This is one exciting option where a player gets to have an avenue to ‘express’ him/herself. This remains one of the most profitable betting options in MMA due to the high odds attached to it. As the name suggests, a player gets to choose how the bout will be won. A player will have the following markets to choose from.

  • Submission – Will the match be won by submission? This involves a player tapping the opponent’s shoulder or mat, submit verbally or a referee calls the bout off due to tap out
  • Knockout – This involves both knockout or technical knockout. For a knockout, a player wins if the opponent loses consciousness out of legal strikes and on a technical knockout, a referee, doctor, or the fighter’s corner calls off the match due to injury or inability to protect oneself
  • Decision – This involves the judges making a decision either during the bout or after the rounds are over.


  • Prop bets

This involves betting on likely occurrences during the bout. This has nothing to do with the winner of the bout. It may range from Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, Point Handicap, Fight to go to Distance.

  • Round Betting

Arguably the riskier betting option. However, with the high risk, comes the highest odds which in turn depict huge returns. On this option, a player gets to choose the round the fight will finish. Still, on this type, there are further markets offered to improve the odds further. The markets might include a combination of the round and time of finish.

Once you have identified the platform with the various betting options, the next thing is to check the odds. How are they presented? Are they competitive? What about the betting markets? For best odds, a comparison of them with the stock market will help solve the equation. Remember, the riskier the bet, the more the payout.

The odds will be presented in the following formats;

  • Decimal

The format is the simplest where they show the ratio of the returns depending on the stake placed. This means, if Khabib is placed at odds of 2.00 to win against Conor McGregor at odds of 3.20, a stake of $50 on Khabib to win will bring a return of $50 x (2.00) = $100

  • Fractional

In this format, a player will be shown the ratio of the profit to win from the stake placed. The first number is the amount to win when you place the bet amount on the second number. For example, a player pitted at odds of 10/15, it means for $150 wagered, a player will get a profit of $100 and in total will have the profit and stake returned hence the whole return will be $250.

  • American

They are presented with a positive (+) sign or a negative (-) sign and in simple terms, a positive sign depicts the profit to win after a $100 wager while a negative sign depicts the required stake to win a profit of $100. The underdogs will have a positive sign and with the knowledge that the high the value, the better chance of winning, it means that an underdog with odds of +250 stands a higher chance than an underdog presented with +550.

Most of the bookmakers, however, will offer an option to choose the formats of your preference.

The 2019 MMA started on January 19th at Barclays Center, Brooklyn and with the schedule divided into four quarters, we are currently in the fourth schedule that will end on December 21st at Sajik Arena, Busan. Some of the top fights during the quarters included;

  • UFC 234 – Adesanya vs. Silva

The fight was held on February 9th at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne and the following bookmakers provided the odds for the game. The platforms (in order of presentation) were; 

William Hill

The Moneyline odds were presented as follows;

Note: The odds in ‘bold’ signify the winning bookmaker in the option/market

William Hill
Anderson Silva7/2
Israel Adesanya1/6
Over 1½ rounds2/3
Under 1½ rounds11/10
Fight goes to decision3/2
Fight doesn’t go to decision1/2
Fight is a draw
Fight is not a drawn/a
Adesanya wins by TKO/KO2/3
Any other resultn/a
Silva wins by TKO/KO10/1
Any other resultn/a
Adesanya wins by submission16/1
Any other resultn/a
Silva wins by submission14/1
Any other resultn/a
Adesanya wins inside distance4/7
Not Adesanya inside distancen/a
Silva wins inside distance6/1
Not Silva inside distancen/a
Adesanya wins by decision2/1
Not Adesanya by decisionn/a
Silva wins by decision17/2
Not Silva by decisionn/a
Silva wins in Round 114/1
Any other resultn/a
Adesanya wins in Round 119/10
Any other resultn/a
Silva wins in Round 213/1
Any other resultn/a
Adesanya wins in Round 23/1
Any other resultn/a
Silva wins in Round 318/1
Any other resultn/a
Adesanya wins in Round 36/1
Any other resultn/a

In the above fight, they offered several betting options which meant the avenues of high odds and bigger payouts were available. In the prop section, Caesars offered the biggest odds with the operator still dominating in Moneyline option placing an Adesanya win at odds of (2/11) and a Silva win at (4/1)

The betting options provided in this fight included;

  • Moneyline
  • Prop bet (Inside Distance, Draw)
  • Round Betting
  • Over/Under (Ov/Un 1.5)
  • Method of Victory (KO/TKO, Submission, Decision)

The following are the betting options as of the bookmakers;

  • Prop Bet – Caesars
  • Round Betting – William Hill 
  • Total Rounds – Caesars and William Hill
  • Method of Victory – Submission – William Hill 

Decision – Caesars and William Hill

TKO/KO – William Hill 

The other standout fight from the past quarters was;

  • UFC 235 – Garbrandt vs. Munhoz

The fight was on March 2nd at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. The bookmakers provided odds as follows;

William Hill
Cody Garbrandt8/13
Pedro Munhoz13/10
Over 1½ rounds8/13
Under 1½ rounds11/8
Fight goes to decision3/2
Fight doesn’t go to decision1/2
Fight is a draw66/1
Fight is not a drawn/a
Munhoz wins by TKO/KO9/2
Any other resultn/a
Garbrandt wins by TKO/KO3/2
Any other resultn/a
Munhoz wins by submission4/1
Any other resultn/a
Garbrandt wins by submission14/1
Any other resultn/a
Munhoz wins inside distance9/4
Not Munhoz inside distancen/a
Garbrandt wins inside distance13/10
Not Garbrandt inside distancen/a
Munhoz wins by decision5/1
Not Munhoz by decisionn/a
Garbrandt wins by decision5/2
Not Garbrandt by decisionn/a
Munhoz wins in Round 19/2
Any other resultn/a
Garbrandt wins in Round 13/1
Any other resultn/a
Garbrandt wins in Round 25/1
Any other resultn/a
Munhoz wins in Round 26/1
Any other resultn/a
Garbrandt wins in Round 310/1
Any other resultn/a
Munhoz wins in Round 312/1
Any other resultn/a

On this fight, the best Moneyline odds were presented by William Hill for Garbrandt at (8/13) and by Caesars for Munhoz at (7/5)

The following were the options and markets offered on this bout;

  • Moneyline
  • Prop Bet – Draw, Inside Distance Win
  • Round Betting – Win in Round 1, 2 or 3
  • Method of Victory – Decision, Submission, TKO/KO
  • Total Rounds (Over/Under) – Over/Under 1.5 rounds

The following are the betting options as of the bookmakers;

  • Prop Bet William Hill
  • Round BettingWilliam Hill
  • Method of Victory – Decision William Hill

Submission – William Hill 

TKO/KO – William Hill 

  • Total Rounds