MMA Betting

Mixed martial arts (MMA) has seen a significant growth in popularity on these shores in the past decade or so and subsequently sports betting on MMA has become popular with UK punters. UFC (Ultimate fighting championship) is the premier brand within the sport and sees competitors fight within one of nine weight divisions and abide by the unified rules of mixed martial arts. Competitors combine the skills of many different sports including boxing, judo, taekwondo and wrestling with numerous different ways of winning a bout.

  • Submission
  • Knockout
  • Judges decision
  • Disqualification
  • Forfeit
  • No contest

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These outcomes as well as the outcome of a fight, they prove to be amongst the most popular betting markets. The recent surge in popularity has seen MMA become the fastest growing sport on the planet and if it continues to grow at its current projection, it is set to overtake boxing as the world's most popular combat sport. With this sport only getting increasing amounts of coverage, here at we give you all the information you need on where to use your MMA and UFC free bets.

Popular MMA/UFC betting markets

  • Outright winner
  • Method of victory
  • Round betting
  • Total rounds
  • Title holders at the end of the year
  • When will the fight end

As well as the options regarding the actual outcome of the bout itself, bettors are also offered novelty style bets in regards to the fight. These are usually more light-hearted markets with regards to the fighters conduct and can include things such as will the fighters to come to the Octagon in possession of their nation's flag? Will they touch gloves after the referees instructions? and our personal favourite, will either fighter 'flip the bird' while inside the cage?

Who are the big names in MMA?

Well go back to the UFC, which is by far the biggest name allied to the sport, the star of the show is Conor McGregor. Now even if you have no interest in MMA whatsoever, the chances are you've probably heard of McGregor. The Irishman has played a pivotal role in the explosive rise of the sports popularity, particularly to European audiences. His brash, cocky attitude coupled with undeniable talent inside the octagon has made him arguably the biggest draw of all in the UFC and he is a huge draw when it comes to Pay-Per-View events. Upon beating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205, he became the first ever fighter to hold Championship belts at two different weight levels. Whenever McGgregor fights it's a huge deal with bookmakers releasing a whole host of special offers and enhancements related to the fight and more often than not he's the clear favourite to win. He even recently stepped into a boxing ring to take on the legendary Floyd Mayweather in a fight that broke UK records for Pay-Per-View sales.

Michael Bisping is another man can be considered amongst the most famous of names in the UFC. The Englishman made his debut in the promotion all the way back in 2006, so he's a seasoned name on the block. In the last few years however he's really come in to his own and won the UFC Middleweight title in 2016. He's won his last five fights so he's another one to consider when your betting on MMA. 

Women's UFC is also similarly popular and the biggest name over the years is undoubtedly Ronda Rousey. The former Olympic Judo champion developed a fearsome reputation in the UFC as by far the most dangerous female fighter. Rousey quickly became the bantamweight champion and defended her title with a number of first round wins. However her reign came to an end with a shock defeat to Holly Holm at UFC 195. She attempted to win her title back at UFC 207 but was beaten emphatically by Amanda Nunes  leaving her future in the UFC in doubt.