When we look back on the past decade in the sports industry and analyze the biggest differences, the impressive rise of the UFC has to be among the items considered. UFC carved its way out of a smaller, niche sport to appearing on major television broadcasts and developing a mainstream following with household names.
The increase in popularity is helped even more by the rise in legalized sports gambling. The rise of mobile betting led to an additional increase in live betting where fans may place a wager as the fight is going on.
Of all the MMA organizations, UFC remains the king of the industry despite leagues like Bellator trying to knock the UFC off its throne. Over the years, the UFC developed a large brand and produced star power the sport has not seen before.
If you’re ready to start betting on the UFC, here’s how to bet in Colorado.
Mobile betting is on the rise for all sports in the industry because of its quick and easy access we’ve become accustomed to. Producing a solid online and app presence is incredibly important to a successful sportsbook, and bettors have plenty of places to choose from, whether you’re placing your wagers on an iPhone or Android device.
The betting apps available to Colorado gamblers include DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM, among others. All three options are relatively easy to use, and it’s mostly about user preference, but let’s learn a little more about which sports betting app might be best for you.
All three will feature the major betting categories to choose from with slight variations, but an important wagering option in all sports has become live betting, where the bettor is able to get in on the action while the fight is taking place. Using a sportsbook app makes it that much easier when the lines are shifting at a fast pace.
The UFC is one of the simplest sports to bet on, but sportsbooks are creative in deciding different ways bettors may place a wager on a particular UFC fight or card. The latest UFC betting odds found at the top sportsbooks in Colorado can be seen below.
Since UFC is a one-on-one sport, it’s easy to make a bet deciding which fighter will ultimately win the match. However, there could be value in some of the other options to bet on when analyzing the card’s betting board. For each example, we will refer back to UFC 246 with a fight between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone.
This is the most popular bet and the easiest to understand. Betting the moneyline is simply wagering on which fighter will win.
This option offers bettors the opportunity to wager on whether the fight will last a full five rounds.
Sportsbooks may set a number of rounds the fight is expected to go.
In round betting, bettors have the opportunity to decide who wins and in what round that fighter will win. The payout is fairly high, as this is a difficult wager to predict.
In this bet, you are deciding which fighter will win a specific round. This can be a popular wager among live bettors.
Gamblers can choose a range of rounds and decide when the victory will ultimately happen. As you can see, oddsmakers expected the fight to last three rounds or fewer.
Gamblers may bet how they think the fight will ultimately conclude.
As we mentioned earlier, live betting has become a major part of the sports betting industry, and that’s no different with the UFC. This can be a thrilling way to bet when you’re watching a UFC event, with the rapid movement of odds and lines.
Plenty of illegal bookies and online offshore sportsbooks continue to operate, and it’s important to be as careful as possible with where your money is going. Trust is key when sports betting, and when the action is unregulated, there’s no telling what could happen, which is why choosing a legal betting site like the sportsbooks mentioned earlier is the way to go for both beginners and experienced bettors.
We’d advise you to do your own research and try to identify trends that would give you an edge over the oddsmakers. To give you some help, here are a few UFC betting tips for those dipping their toes into placing wagers on MMA events.
Getting ready for a fight that features a heavy favorite may oftentimes result in a victory for the expected winner, but this is why people watch sports. You never know how it will all play out. The UFC has had some memorable shockers over the years.
The UFC made its debut in the state of Colorado on Nov. 12, 1993, at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver. After years of changing the perception of its style of fighting, the UFC held its first sanctioned event, UFC 28, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The organization saw significant growth in the mid-2000s thanks to the success of reality TV show “The Ultimate Fighter.” UFC continued to grow quickly over the next 15 years with large pay-per-view buys and appearing on major TV networks.
The UFC is known for its personalities, which have led to increased attention on the sport. Conor McGregor is the sport’s biggest star because of his wild antics inside and outside of the octagon. Marketing and promoting yourself has been crucial for some of the top money makers in the sport.
President Dana White continues to be the overall face of the UFC with a polarizing personality. He has quite a few detractors, which is expected when you’re in a high-ranking position like him, but his vision for the UFC and the brand likely played a big part in the rapid growth of the sport.
The UFC is currently owned by a company called Endeavor. Other stakeholders include Silver Lake Partners, KKR & Co. and MSD Capital.
UFC stands for Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A draw in a UFC moneyline bet would result in bettors on both sides receiving their money back as if the bet never even happened.
Sportsbooks have their own separate rules for situations like this, but many books say a disqualification classifies as a canceled bet, and everybody gets their money back.
Yes, it is legal to bet UFC on DraftKings in several states, including Colorado.