How to Wager on MMA

»Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in MMA | Comments Off on How to Wager on MMA

How to Wager on MMA

MMA has been attracting fans and bettors since the 90s, and the sport has only grown bigger over the last few years. Now, with significant fights such as Tony Ferguson taking on Khabib and Mayweather interested in another money fight, it might just be the perfect time to learn how betting on MMA works.

Those who’ve expressed interest in wagering on boxing will fight various similarities with these unique fighting styles. Sure, there are differences, and the betting itself is unique in multiple ways, but just understand how wagers on boxing works will help a lot.

If not, no problem as we go through the basics of wagering on MMA below. To get started, it’s important to understand the fundamentals of MMA fights. This includes three rounds of five minutes each on standard fights and up to five rounds of the same time with title and special events. It’s interesting that the outcome betting is similar to boxing, but there is one major different, including the submission.

The sport includes the same results as boxing, including points, knock outs, technical knockouts and more. With submissions, the fight would end up on the ground as the fighters try to grip each other in the way that forces the opponent to tap out when he/she can’t fight a way out. It’s important to know this as some of the biggest fighters in the world, including Khabib use this technique to defeat his opponents. That includes the major fight that took place in 2018 at UFC229 where he forced Conor McGregor to tap out in the fourth round. Basic Betting on MMA.

Basic Betting on MMA

MMA fights are categorised by weight, just as with boxing, but the weights are a little different, but easy to keep track of. The fights can take place regularly, simply depending on whether you’re wagering on the smaller events or waiting for the big fights.

The first and most simple form of betting in MMA is moneyline, which works the same as with other events and sports. With this option, you simply place a bet on the victor and receive winnings based on the odds of the fight.

Total rounds is another interesting form of betting and a little more complicated than moneyline. However, it’s also straightforward as the bookie provides the options of just how long the fight will last. In MMA, it isn’t very common for bookies to provide various options as most fights online last for three rounds. Therefore, you might find two or three options, including 1.5 rounds, two rounds 2.5 and so on. Basically, you’re wagering whether the fight will go the distance, or will there be a TKO, KO or submission before the end.

To get into the basics of MMA betting, these two options are all you need. From here on out, it’s more about technical betting options for the specific fight and what the bookie has to offer.

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2019 Possibilities for Khabib

»Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in MMA | Comments Off on 2019 Possibilities for Khabib

2019 Possibilities for Khabib

Both the end of 2018 and the start of 2019 has been filled with news revolving around the suspension of McGregor and Khabib following the UFC 229 chaos that occurred in October.

As most would know already, but the fighters were suspended right after the fight while the Nevada Athletics Commission decided on the punishment. In January 2019, the ruling was finally delivered, and both fighters received a fine and suspension for their part. This included six months for McGregor and nine months for Khabib, who also had the option of decreasing it to 6 months with an anti-bullying post, which wasn’t accepted.

While this seemed to have been the end of the matter and that we’d see both fighters return to the octagon within just a few months, the fact that Khabib’s teammates received a suspension of a year wasn’t going to go well with Khabib. The fighter didn’t take the news well and made it known that he won’t return to defend his title until his teammates are able to compete again. That means we won’t see him fight until November 2019.

Many might have made peace with with already, but the MMA board aren’t pleased with the choice as it places loads of strain on the possible fights lined up for 2019. Therefore, earlier this week, Dana White made an announcement that Khabib would not be able to sit out and hold onto the title.

So far, we haven’t seen a response from Khabib’s management team, and we’re not sure what the future might hold for the current title holder, but here are some possibilities;

If Khabib Returns

The most logical move for Khabib would be to return to the octagon and defend his title against interested fighters. Sure, he would still need to wait for the few remaining months of his suspension, but even that could be decreased with the anti-bullying option that’s available.

Not only would it mean great things for 2019 MMA, but the fighter wouldn’t be wasting time by sitting on the sidelines, let’s face it, retirement is coming up for all the fighters, even those that have proven to be the best.

His income would also take a punishment if he sits out as sponsors would need to reconsider deals and he would obviously be losing out on some brilliant money fights that might just include Mayweather taking on another MMA title holder.

If Khabib Doesn’t Return

If he doesn’t return, we might just see him being stripped of his title, which would mean it can be fought for or it will go back to McGregor who was the holder before Khabib. Of course, this would line up many other fights, once again involving McGregor.

It could also mean that Khabib loses the title until he returns, but this would just make it confusing for those interested in entering the octagon to fight for the title. However, it could also mean that Khabib would need to fight to get it back.

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What’s 2019 Looking Like for McGregor?

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What’s 2019 Looking Like for McGregor?

Once one of the biggest stars in MMA and still with a huge fan-base behind him, Conor McGregor remains the topic of choice for many MMA fans. However, the fighter just doesn’t seem to have much of a future in MMA, but that’s mostly due to the suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission, which followed what happened at UFC 229 in October of 2018.

The results of the suspension will be heard this month, which could reveal various options for McGregor. His manager did mention that they’re expecting this to go well with the hearing and that he would be allowed to return to the Octagon without any hassles. However, we haven’t really seen many fights lined up or competitors lining up to take him on, which could be due after the suspension has been lifted.

Focused on Private Life for Now

Dipping into what he has been up to, we see McGregor focusing more on his whiskey called Proper 12. It’s finally ready to launch, which is obviously a major achievement for the fighter and taking up a lot of his time.

Now, with another child on the way, we see McGregor have even less time for the gym and getting back into the desire to get in the Octagon and take on the biggest fighters. In the last two years, we’ve only seen McGregor appear in 1 major fight, which ended terribly and got him suspended.

However, according to his manager, McGregor would want to return to the gym and get his fitness levels back up before even considering a fight. This would be a recommended step of course, but we’ll have to wait and see if he actually manages to make time with everything else happening in his life.

Legend Fedor Emelianenko Says McGregor Needs to Watch His Mouth

Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko has said Conor McGregor needs to watch his mouth as he delivers his personal opinion of the Irishman.

The 42-year old is set to take on Ryan Bader in what’s believed to be one of his last fights as he plans to retire soon. However, to ensure he goes out with a great fight, he is taking on Ryan for none other than the Bellator title.

The heavyweight legend tends to be rather held back when it comes to delivering comment and smack-talk before a fight, which is the complete opposite of what McGregor does. Fedor also delivered comment on Khabib for his role in the whole UFC 229 matter what got them both suspended, saying that Khabib should’ve picked up the mic and told McGregor exactly where he should go.

He reckons that professionalism went out the door for McGregor who was unable to keep it in and burst out with everything he said instead, allowing his emotions to take over what should always be professional.  

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Khabib vs. Mayweather Rumour

»Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in General | Comments Off on Khabib vs. Mayweather Rumour

Khabib vs. Mayweather Rumour

UFC 229 has Khabib vs. McGregor, and those who follow MMA would know that ended badly after Khabib simply had McGregor giving up by round 4. However, after the fight, lots of things went wrong, so much so that both the fighters were suspended by the NAC (Nevada Athletic Commission).

However, they’ll soon be ruling on what’s to happen with the case, but most suspect both fighters will once again be allowed to return to the octagon.


As we all know, McGregor has been pushing Khabib for yet another fight, but with the way it went last time, he doesn’t think McGregor actually deserve it. Decides, it seems as if Khabib has bigger fights in mind once he returns. There are various options available for the fighter, and he is even reconsidering a match up with Tony Ferguson, which is bound to be a powerful event as both these fighters are at the top of the line-up.


However, if Khabib has to consider a “money fight” like Mayweather and McGregor had just a few years ago, he would have to take on Mayweather himself. Just the idea of the fight already has sparks flying as MMA considers the possibilities.


Khabib has mentioned the idea before but made it a bit more realistic by stating that he has about three serious fights go before retiring and he’d like at least one of them to be a boxing event against no one but Mayweather. Not surprisingly, Mayweather seems all for it and ready to go, but it doesn’t seem as if the fighters have everyone onboard, including Joe Rogan, a UFC commentator.


Millions listen to the podcasts created by Joe, and in a recent one, he spoke to Brendan Schaub and Eddie Bravo where he mentioned it would be better for Khabib to stick to MMA instead of taking part in the super-fight against Mayweather. The podcast also included Rogan stating that he would also advise that Khabib remain with MMA and not take on Floyd who might just be the best boxer, not only of the era but possibly of all time.

The team behind Khabib feel that the results of the fight involving McGregor and Floyd showed them a lot and they are confident that Khabib could have an advantage. Sure, he is a grabber, but when you look at the success, Khabib had against McGregor while on his feet, it simply gives them even more reason to push for the fight. Sure, Floyd also taught McGregor a lesson, but so did Khabib, making it an almost perfect match up.


The fight itself is playing second on the importance as everyone looks at the pay-per-view opportunities of the fight. Rogan stated that the fight could produce as much as a million PPV, provided they set up the fight for two months from now.

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2019 Ends Jose Aldo’s UFC Career

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2019 Ends Jose Aldo’s UFC Career

As yet another season of fighting action lines up, we get excited about the new matches and possibilities the New Year could hold. Unfortunately, we start the year by seeing a brilliant career end.

Jose Aldo, former UFC and WEC champion has recently made it known that his career will be coming to an end in 2019. The fighter has been one of the best in the featherweight division and always delivers an exciting fight when he steps into the octagon.

On the bright side, we’ll still get to see Jose in action for another three fights, giving us reason to believe the best fights Jose has to offer are still to come. The fighter has arranged to attend three more events, which ends his contract and is hoping all the fights will be taking place in Brazil, allowing him to step out of the UFC in the way he has always wanted to.

Fights to Come for Jose Aldo

The news of his retirement come through on Wednesday where he told the media he will be done after the fights coming up in 2019. He is set to enter the rink again on the second of February 2019 where he takes on Renato Moicano.

Other than that, his other opponents haven’t been announced for the remaining 2 fights, but Aldo did mention that the first fight would be in Brazil, the second fight would be in Curitiba, and the final match would take place in Brazil as well.

The fight in February would be in the Fortaleza event where he takes on Moicano, which plays a major role in the other fights he would be completing this year. The next fight would be in May 2019 during the UFC 237 event, but as mentioned, no opponents have been mentioned for the fight.

Jose’s manager and coach has been talking about possible names for the fights, but nothing has been confirmed by the UFC. One thing we do know is that they asked Dana White to make the last three events in Brazil, which seems to have gone well and has been accepted.

We doubt they’ll put Jose up against Max Holloway as he is the current title holder. It would be a great fight, but should Jose end up winning, it would force him to sign another contract.

Why Aldo Retire?

One of the goals for Jose has been to fight but end his career on his own terms instead of not being able to fight anymore. He says he would’ve hated to retire and then use his money to get himself back to health before he can enjoy his time with the family and travel.

He also adds that he wanted toe final fights to be in Brazil so his fans could be at the fights and enjoy the action he has to offer from next to the rink. It seems all has gone well for Jose and that his perfect exit plan is coming together nicely.   

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MMA Champ Predictions by 2020 Bantamweight to Lightweight

»Posted by on Jan 15, 2019 in General | Comments Off on MMA Champ Predictions by 2020 Bantamweight to Lightweight

MMA Champ Predictions by 2020 Bantamweight to Lightweight

2019 starts with a rather strange offseason that lasts for 2 weeks, which isn’t really normal and shouldn’t be expected for the future either. Not to worry though, the UFC has already lined up some amazing events, including 20 fights within the first half of the new year. And yes, it includes the Cejudo vs. Dillashaw on the 19th of January 2019.


As you can see, the fighting action is underway already and there is some amazing action to hit the rink very soon. Things are sure to get underway before we know it, which would include a lot more than just the scheduled fights. We’re also sure to see some title matchups, giving us even more action as major titles are on the line. Let’s have a look at what could happen by the end of 2019 and get an idea of how 2020 might get started in UFC.


The flyweight class has been rather uneventful for the most part, especially when it comes to title fights. It’s mostly due to the domination of Demetrious Johnson who was turned out to be a brilliant fighter and has held onto the title for very long. The next major fight between Dillashaw and Cejudo is sure to have the crowd on their feet as it’s actually the last flyweight fight, we’ll see as the UFC is eliminating the weight class.


Bantamweight


We’re confident Dillashaw will take the last title in the flyweight class, after which he will be turning his attention back to the bantamweight class and basically step straight into a fight with Marlon Moraes who is a striker from Brazil.


If Dillashaw manages to win the fight as we expect, he will take on Petr Yan from Russia later in the year. However, with our predictions and that of ESPN, look out for Dillashaw as he’ll most likely hold the title at the end of 2019.


Featherweight


In the featherweight division, we see Max Holloway with a bright future and holding onto the 145 lbs title. Now, in the 155 lbs title, he’s sure to sure to come across some interesting fights, but it all begins with a matchup against Frankie Edgar.


He would also be taking on a few other higher profile fights, but with his current standing, the UFC might not push him to defend his title, not right now anyway. However, even if they do, we’ll stand strong on our prediction alongside ESPN for Max to be the title holder by the end of 2019.


Lightweight


Khabib is sure to be the one worth keeping an eye on, even though he only fights once a year at Madison Square, well for the most part anyway. He is currently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but we’ll know the outcome of if by the 29th of Jan 2019.


If all goes well, he might be up against some interesting fighters, which could even include Tony Ferguson, which is doubtful, but it would have been great. Those who’ve kept up with UFC might know about Conor McGregor making waves to take on Khabib, which is the more likely matchup, in which case, we think Khabib will keep his title.

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MMA Fights We’d Love to See in 2019

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MMA Fights We’d Love to See in 2019

So, 2018 has come to an end and has delivered some incredible fights, but we didn’t see many titles defended and there could have been more action with the pairing of fighters. Anyway, it certainly was a gear year.

Now, in 2019, things are changing from the very beginning as the sport moves away from Fox and over to ESPN. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what that means as we might need to switch between ESPN channels to catch all the action before and after fights. However, there are many promises for the change as well, which is always great.

While the ESPN change is important and big news, we’re more interested in the fights that might just come our way in 2019. The line-up already looks promising and January 2019 already seems to have some action well worth looking out for. We’ve chosen a few pairing of our own that we’d really like to see in the year to come, not only for the action but the result as well. Check out the pairs below and see if you agree!

Conor vs. Nate Diaz

Considering all the advantages of this possible fight is sure to put a smile on your face, but the biggest advantage must be the way they bring the best out of each other. It’s almost as if both of them have a completely different style in comparison to other fights they take part in.

The interesting aspect of the fight would be the history for them. When you think about it, Diaz hasn’t stepped in the rink within the last 2 years and the fight against Conor was the last. McGregor, on the other hand, has become more of a whiskey spokesperson than anything else and he hasn’t managed a win within the last 2 years.

Both these fighters need the motivation, which doesn’t revolve around money or the titles, but rather the desire to fight. The great thing is, both of them have the right effect on the other, which is what we need for the 2019 season. It would certainly be great to see both of them at their peak as they take each other on.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Tony Woodley

While St-Pierre already made this an unlikely fight by saying he isn’t interested, it would still be a great one for 2019, and if MMA has taught us anything, it’s that things can change in the blink of an eye, sometimes it just takes a little motivation.

In fact, he might not even be returning to the rink at all, but again it’s all up in the air with great possibilities. If he does decide to step in again, it would certainly be a fighter worth keeping an eye on.

Having Georges and Tony go at it would be great as the best in welterweight would be taking on the one that’s trying to be the best. Both of them have great technique and certainly have what it takes to bring out the best in the other.

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