When betting on mma fights, bettors must take into account a number of critical factors. They must pay attention to fighters’ strengths and weaknesses, fighting styles, and records. They also need to know which factors to ignore when evaluating odds and placing wagers. The most important factor for MMA bettors is accurately handicapping the fights.
This can be done by creating an algorithm that determines each fighter’s chances of winning. Then, bettors can compare their algorithms to the available odds and look for discrepancies. This is how bettors find value in a bet and make money.
During live fights, betting lines change frequently, making it difficult to make accurate predictions. Bettors should place wagers before the odds drastically change and avoid making major bets at the last minute, which can lead to a bad experience. It’s recommended that bettors research the fight’s matchup, fight history, and current odds before betting on it.
In addition to standard MMA betting lines, sportsbooks offer a variety of prop bets. These are typically based on a specific aspect of the fight, such as how many strikes or finishes a fighter will have. These bets usually come with a higher risk than standard bets, as they require a more precise outcome. They are a great way to increase the excitement of your MMA betting experience.
The over/under on significant strikes landed is another popular MMA prop bet. This bet is based on the number of strikes that will land with enough force to cause visible damage. Although it’s a subjective term, connecting blows that leave their mark are a clear indication of success. The over/under on significant strikes landed can be placed on both sides of a fight, so it’s a good option for beginners to MMMA betting.
MMMA judging is much more complex than in other sports, which makes it harder to predict the winner of a fight. A judge’s scorecard is calculated based on the 10-point must system and a win requires at least nine points. There are also several ways to tie a fight via decision, including a split draw. This type of result occurs when two judges favor one fighter and the third judge scores them both the same.