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Your guide to UFC betting online

The power. The unpredictability. The trash talk. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has erupted on the world’s sporting stage with incredible speed, firmly establishing itself as a hugely popular spectacle. Millions across the globe are gripped by contests between the best mixed martial arts fighters – and millions more love betting on them.

UFC betting tips

There are so many ways in which you can play on UFC betting lines. The sport’s popularity has exploded in the last couple of decades – and so has the amount of wagering that takes place on it. As a result, sportsbooks across the world now offer a vast array of UFC odds. They also see every UFC event as an opportunity to attract new customers.

With that in mind, we've found some of the best UFC handicappers to point you towards the best UFC picks and the best value odds.

Most popular weight divisions men

It’s all action in the Octagon when the big men get stuck into each other – and heavyweight fights are among the most popular when it comes to UFC betting.

Fighters from Brazil and the US have dominated this division since 2005, with America’s Stipe Miocic top of the pile after taking the title for the second time in 2019. Miocic had lost his crown to compatriot Daniel Cormier in 2018, but took revenge the following year when he beat his fellow American with a fourth-round technical knockout.

One leading contender today is Francis Ngannou – the Cameroonian-French fighter is the hardest recorded puncher in UFC history.

Most popular weight divisions women

This is the highest weight division contested by women and was first fought for as recently as 2017.

Currently top of the tree is Amanda Nunes, the Brazilian who is widely considered to be the best female mixed martial artist of all time. She claimed the featherweight crown in 2018, when she beat previous champion Cris Cyborg with a knockout after just 51 seconds.

That won her the Performance of the Night Award – and made her the first woman to hold championship belts in two divisions. She was already the queen of the Octagon at bantamweight.

UFC bets explained

To win fight

This is the most straightforward bet you will find at UFC betting sites. Which of the fighters do you think will emerge victorious from the Octagon? Simply make your choice after studying the form and the odds available and place a wager in line with your judgment.

In-play betting on the UFC

The fighters have entered the Octagon, they have started exchanging blows – that doesn’t mean you can’t still place a bet.

Huge advances in digital technology, plus the development of fast algorithms, mean UFC betting sites can now update their odds instantly. That means betting can continue as the action unfolds.

For instance, if Justin Gaethie lands a shuddering blow on Khabib Nurmagomedov in the opening minute of their main event, you can still back the Russian to win.

In-play betting is an increasingly popular way for fans to wager on their favorite UFC fighter even when the bout is underway .

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UFC betting promotions

Enhanced odds

Keep a sharp eye on UFC online betting sites in the countdown to a fight. Sportsbooks may enhance their odds on a particular market – and an outcome you were thinking of backing anyway suddenly becomes even more lucrative. These offers are sometimes short-lived, in which case, just like Demetrious Johnson in his prime, you must move fast.

Money back if the fight goes the distance

It’s disappointing when you have wagered on a bout to finish in a particular round or method and both fighters are still on their feet when the fight finishes. However, this promotion offers you some insurance; if the fight goes to a verdict you’ll get your stake back, either in cash or as a free bet.

Money back if the fight finishes in a tie

Ties are not commonplace in UFC but they do happen. If this offer applies and you back a fighter to win, you’ll get your stake back either as cash or in the form of a free bet, if the fight ends in a stalemate.

Best UFC offers 2021

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