The main components of MMA betting are moneylines and totals betting. When betting moneylines, you are betting fighter vs. fighter and trying to pick the winner. When betting totals, you are betting whether the fight will go over or under the amount of rounds specified by the sportsbook.
How to understand MMA moneylines
MMA moneylines will seem a bit confusing at first, but they are actually pretty easy to understand. A basic moneyline looks like this:
Anderson Silva (-240)
Travis Lutter (+190)
In this matchup, Anderson Silva is the favorite at -240 or 2.4 – 1. This means for every $2.40 you bet on Anderson Silva you will win $1. So if you bet $240 on Anderson Silva and he wins the bout, you will win $100 of profit. If Silva loses the fight then you would be down -$240.
On the other side, Travis Lutter is the underdog in this fight. Lutter is +190 for this fight, which means for every $1 you bet on Lutter, you will win $1.90. So if you were to bet $100 on Lutter and he won, you would win $190 in profit. If Lutter were to lose the fight, then you would be down -$100.
When betting on totals, you are placing a bet on whether or not the fight will go over or under the allotted rounds posted by the sportsbook. Here is a typical over/under fight betting example:
Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter over 1.5 rounds (-145)
Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter under 1.5 rounds (-110)
For the totals round betting on this fight, the over 1.5 rounds is the favorite. The lines then work the same way as the moneylines above. If you were to bet the over 1.5 rounds in this fight, you would have to bet $1.45 for every $1.00 you want to win.
Betting on MMA fights is a great way to add excitement to your fight nights. Always remember to bet only what you can afford to lose.
Justin Goff is the editor of MMABettingBlog.com. Check it out for UFC betting news, odds and picks.