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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.
Method of victory
There are several ways in which a UFC bout can end, including knockout, technical knockout, submission or a points verdict. You will find UFC betting odds on each of those outcomes – select the method in which you think the fight will end and place your stake accordingly.
Standard UFC fights consist of three five-minute rounds. In championship bouts, there are five. If you choose to predict in which round the fight will finish – regardless of who you think the winner will be – you will be able to find UFC odds for that result.
When will fight end
This is similar to round betting, except that this market includes the option for the fight to go the full distance and be decided on points. When you have assessed the UFC betting odds on the various outcomes and made your selection, you will be able to back your choice.
Method and round combination
A slightly more complicated wager, in that you have to predict two things. How will the fight end, and at what stage? You will find UFC betting lines that include all the various combinations and it will provide an extra interest as the action unfolds.
If you think you know how long a bout will last, this offers you an over/under option. The sportsbook will set a number of rounds; if you believe the fight will last more than that, you go “over” and if you think it will be over more quickly, the “under” is for you.
Fight to go the distance
UFC betting sites will offer you a simple yes/no option. Will the fight last the full number of rounds? The sportsbook will present odds on each of the two outcomes and you decide – using your knowledge of the fighters involved – which to wager on.
Method of victory double chance
When you believe a fighter will prevail, but really can’t decide how they will do so, this is for you. Instead of having to back a single method of victory, you will be able to choose UFC odds covering two ways in which your pick will win, doubling your chance of a return.
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 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. However, Miocic's second title reign came to a crashing end at the heavy hands of Francis Ngannou, the Cameroonian fighter has the hardest recorded punch in UFC history, and is still improving his all-round MMA game, a scary thought for the rest of the division.
For almost a decade, this division was the kingdom of Jon Jones. The American won the title in 2011 and held it for the best part of 10 years. Jones was a controversial figure who was stripped of the title three times by the UFC before vacating it in 2020 after a row with with the promotion. But Jones’s exploits brought a huge profile to his division and to UFC as a whole.
Jan Błachowicz of Poland stepped into the breach left by Jones but, despite turning back the challenge of then-undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, lost his title to Brazilian veteran Glover Teixeira, who became the oldest first-time UFC champion by taking the 205-pound title at the age of 42.
The middleweight division saw the longest unbroken reign by any UFC champion. The great Anderson Silva of Brazil claimed the crown in 2006 and didn’t relinquish it for nearly seven years.
Nigerian-born Israel Adesanya joined the ranks of his successors in 2019 when he claimed the title, defeating Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision in a matchup widely described as the best of the year. But Australian Robert Whittaker, a former champion, is still one of his closest rivals, as is Paulo Costa of Brazil.
Silva’s long reign gave the middleweight division a high profile and this is still a very popular weight division among people who enjoy UFC online betting.
North American fighters dominated the welterweight division of UFC for many years. Several US stars held the title, while the great Canadian Georges St-Pierre was top dog for more than 2,200 days.
That all changed when Kamaru Usman of Nigeria claimed the crown in 2019. He is rated as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC. The list of welterweight contenders includes the experienced, and outspoken, Colby Covington and the UK's Leon Edwards, as well as Brazilian grappling ace Gilbert Burns.
But there is a new age of dangerous contenders on the rise to challenge Usman's dominance, with Sweden's Khamzat Chimaev and Kazakhstan's Shavkat Rakhmonov surging toward the top of the 170-pound division.
Welterweight bouts always attract plenty of attention from fans keen to find the latest UFC odds.
The lightweight division was previously the domain of one of the finest fighters in UFC history, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired from the sport undefeated with a stellar record of 29 wins, zero losses.
The Russian superstar was rated the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, with an unblemished record of 29 wins and zero defeats. He was the first Muslim to win a UFC title and is the most followed Russian on Instagram, with more than 27 million followers.
But now there's a new era at 155 pounds, with Brazil's Charles Oliveira holding the undisputed lightweight title. But a host of challengers are snapping at his heels, with former interim champions Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier, plus former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, vying for a shot at the title.
Then there's the biggest name in the sport. Conor McGregor was the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously when he captured the lightweight title at UFC 205 in 2016, and his sights are still fixed on capturing UFC gold once again.
You can’t mention the featherweight division without talking about the impact of Conor McGregor. The Irish fighter has brought millions of new fans to the sport with his aggressive brand of fighting and trash talking. He is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history, headlining five of the six highest-selling UFC PPV events.
Currently, Alexander Volkanovski is the man to beat in the featherweight division of UFC. The Australian came to mixed martial arts after starting life as a wrestler and then playing semi-pro rugby league.
American Max Holloway, the man who held the title before Volkanovski, is still among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, while his compatriot Brian Ortega remains a serious title threat. But the challenges are now coming from across the globe, with Mexico's Yair Rodriguez, Georgia's Giga Chikadze, and South Korea's Chan Sung Jung (better known as "The Korean Zombie") all within touching distance of a title shot.
Fans of the sport all over the world have great respect for the featherweights and enjoy wagering on them at UFC betting sites.
Bantamweight is another UFC division that was dominated for many years by fighters from the States and Brazil. Men like Dominick Cruz and T.J. Dillashaw, both of the US, carved out formidable reputations as they ruled the world at this weight.
However, Petr Yan broke that domination when he took the title with victory in Abu Dhabi in 2020. The power-punching Russian was expected to enjoy a lengthy title reign, but disqualification in his first title defense saw him lose his title to American Aljamain Sterling.
The division is considered to be one of the most exciting in the sport, with arguably the deepest talent pool in the UFC, with Yan and Sterling joined by Georgia's Merab Dvalishvili, Americans Cory Sandhagen and Rob Font, plus Brazil's legendary former featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
For many years, the flyweight division was dominated by one man. Demetrious Johnson of the US held the crown for more than 2,100 days and saw off a string of contenders in that time.
However, the man to beat at flyweight now is Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil. He claimed the crown in July 2020 and defended it in an epic clash with Mexico’s Brandon Moreno later that year. Figueiredo was ahead on all three cards after five thrilling rounds, but was docked a point for a low blow, turning a clear victory into a majority draw.
Figueiredo was then submitted by Moreno in the rematch as "The Assassin Baby" became the first Mexican champion in UFC history, but Figueiredo bounced back to defeat Moreno by decision in their trilogy bout and reclaim the belt.
While their rivalry is expected to continue, other contenders – including Russia's Askar Askarov, New Zealand's Kai Kara-France, and Brazil's Alexandre Pantoja – are jostling for position in search of a title shot.
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.