The popularity of mixed martial arts has never been as high as it is today and much of that can be credited to the astonishing success of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The leading UFC promotions and fighters attract millions of viewers worldwide every year as records continue to be broken and new fans jump on the bandwagon at every opportunity. A healthy UFC makes for a healthy MMA and the sport’s leading promotion is showing no signs of slowing down.

Whether it’s in Las Vegas or London, UFC shows pull in big crowds. The venues are always sold out with major stadiums packed to capacity. Then there’s the TV and live streaming viewing figures which increase year on year. The likes of Conor McGregor and Khabib may be gone but the stars of tomorrow continue to come off the MMA conveyor belt. The more interest there is in fights, the more money is involved in the sport and, in turn, the better standard of fighters coming through.

When watching the biggest and best UFC bouts on television, many fans love to make their predictions and place a bet. The leading UFC betting sites offer a range of exciting promotions and markets, including free bets for new customers and enhanced odds on the knockout. Watching UFC is exciting but it can’t compare to enjoying the show while landing a profit on the results. In this article, we explain the three best ways to improve your UFC betting experience and increase your strike rate.

Get a free bet

All leading online betting apps covering UFC offer new customers a welcome bonus. This is a marketing tool used by the sportsbook to attract new players to their app and secure the long-term success of the business. The best bookies know you plan on watching and betting on the UFC and they want to ensure that you do it with them. 

How does a sportsbook encourage you to put your trust in them while ignoring the competition? That’s easy, by offering a welcome bonus when you register an account and place a bet on UFC. These types of deals come in many different shapes and sizes, including free bets, enhanced odds, cashback, profit boost and more. Browse a few different bookies and seek out the most generous offer that best suits your needs as an MMA gambler.

Browse the markets

Many UFC fans pick a fighter and back them to win. Taking advantage of the fight winner betting is appealing as it ranks as the simplest way to target a profit. Bet on a fighter you win and you will have a one in two chance of getting it right. The chances of winning may be high but, unless you’re backing the underdog, the odds are quite low.

There are dozens of ways to bet on MMA, many of which you may not even be aware exists. The next time you plan on betting on a UFC bout you should take the time to browse the markets. You’ll find an interesting list, including the method of victory. Pick a fighter to win and predict how they’ll do it – by knockout, submission or on points.

Bet in-play

When a fight has begun you haven’t missed your chance to bet on the outcome or make a profit from the contest. Most sportsbooks offer in-play betting odds and they keep most of the pre-fight markets alive while the bout is in progress. A dedicated live trader will update the odds and markets to reflect the flow of the fight. This means you can gamble at any stage – pre-fight or in-play.

The benefit of in-play betting is you can gamble even if you have missed the opening round but there’s more to it than that. When betting pre-fight you are forced to second-guess a lot of aspects, including the condition of both fighters, the tactics, influence of the crowd, mood of the referee and more. But when biding your time and betting in-play you quickly have access to all that information. This puts you in a much better position to make an educated guess on how the bout will play out.


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