UFC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the major Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organisation in the world, the American-based corporation attracting a massive amount of betting interest on all bouts in the octagon right around the globe including down under where we can’t get enough of the madness.

MMA’s top-ranked fighters face off across a number of different UFC Weight Divisions with over 300 events taking place around the world since the corporation was founded in 1993. Different types of martial arts incorporated in the UFC include Kick Boxing. Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Judo, Karate and others.

UFC 249 Betting Preview

UFC 249 is the next UFC event scheduled for Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday April 19 (AEDT). UFC 249 is headlined by a UFC Lightweight title fight between current champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and the challenger in Tony Ferguson.

This is the fifth time the UFC has tried to make this fight and there will not be a more anticipated fight this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has the UFC 249 fight venue up in doubt after New York confirmed it could not take place in Brooklyn where it was originally scheduled. 

The UFC are confident the fight will still take place, but that it would be a closed event and there could be a number of changes to the current UFC 249 fight card. 

Two former champions in Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas will face off at Strawweight in the co-main event.

  • Bout: UFC 249
  • Main Event Fight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson
  • Date: Sunday April 19 2020
  • Venue: TBD
 

UFC 249 Odds

Fighter Odds: UFC 249
Khabib Nurmagomedov $1.30
Tony Ferguson $3.50
 
*UFC 249 Odds subject to change
 
 

The UFC’s “Main Event” fights are famous for setting attendance records and pay-per-view purchases as well as the attention they receive via online betting. A championship fight will a last a maximum of five rounds and each round lasts no longer than five minutes as two fighters battle to become a UFC Champion.

A UFC champion is a fighter that has won a UFC championship title and boasting rights! The UFC champions in each of the 10 weight divisions change regularly, but the longest standing UFC champion was Anderson Silva who held the Middleweight Title for 2,457 days with 10 defences.

Women UFC fighters face off in the Strawweight, Flyweight,  Bantamweight or Featherweight divisions within the UFC and one of the most famous female fighters is Ronda Rousey. The other eight weight divisions open only to male fighters are: Flyweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight.

Matches in the UFC come to a conclusion by submission, knockout, technical knockout (TKO), Judges’ decision, disqualification, forfeit or no contest.

UFC History: Records

UFC Records & Odds at Ladbrokes

Duane Ludwig holds the record for Fastest UFC Knockout – 6 seconds! Photo Credit: UFC.

The UFC history goes back to November 12, 1993 when the first fight took place at McNichols Sports Arena in Denvor, Colorado. Since then a host of UFC records have been set including Anderson Silva who holds the longest reign as a UFC Champion of 6 years, 8 months and 22 days. Silva also has the current longest winning streak of 16 fights.

The fastest knockout was previoulsy held by America’s Duane “Bang” Ludwig of 0.06 seconds for his win against Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 3 before fellow USA Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal beat the fastest knockout record in UFC 239 defeating Ben Askren in 0.05 seconds in a KO by a flying knee.

Oleg Taktarov, known as “The Russian Bear” meanwhile has the fastest submission record of 0.09 seconds.

Record Fighter Number
Youngest Champion Jon Jones (Light Heavyweight) 23 years, 242 days
Oldest Champion Randy Couture (Heavyweight) 45 years, 146 days
Longest Reign as a Champion Anderson Silva (Middleweight) 2,457d (6y 8m 22d)
Most Championship Title Reigns Randy Couture (Heavyweight / Light Heavyweight) 6
Most Bouts Donald Cerrone 34
Most Wins Donald Cerrone 23
Most Finishes Donald Cerrone 16
Most Knockouts Vitor Belfort 12
Most Submissions Charles Oliveira 13
Most Decision Wins Georges St-Pierre 12
Most Wins in Title Bout Jon Jones  14
Most Title Bouts Randy Couture, Georges St-Pierre 15
Most Consecutive Title Defenses Demetrious Johnson, Anderson Silva 11
Longest Winning Streak Anderson Silva 16
Most Performance of the Night Awards Donald Cerrone 9
Most Knockout of the Night Awards Anderson Silva 7
Most Submission of the Night Awards Joe Lauzon 6
Most Fight of the Night Awards Nate Diaz 8
Most Total Fight Time Frankie Edgar 7 hours 16 minutes 11 seconds
Most Takedowns in a Single Bout Khabib Nurmagomedov 21
Fastest Knockout Jorge Masvidal over Ben Askren 0:05 (UFC 239)
Fastest Submission Oleg Taktarov over Anthony Macias 0:09 (UFC 6)
Fastest Title Fight Knockout Conor McGregor over Jose Aldo 0:13 (UFC 194)
Fastest Title Fight Submission Ronda Rousey over Cat Zingano 0:14 (UFC 184)
Record Event Attendance UFC  243: Whittaker (c) vs Adesanya (ic) 57,127 Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

UFC odds are those betting markets on offer for the action-packed Mixed Martial Arts bouts contested as part of the sport’s greatest organisation. There has been over 300 UFC events since it was founded in 1993 and each grows in media coverage, attendance, viewing records and bets placed on the events.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) betting takes place on the UFC Fight Night cards and The Ultimate Fighter, which is a TV show featuring up-and-coming MMA fighters facing off for a lucrative UFC contract.

Continually growing in popularity and attracting more and more fans, the UFC has broken pay-per-view records and generates more betting revenue as an overall sport than boxing. There are plenty of UFC odds on offer for every bout including standard head-to-head markets on the overall winner.

UFC Bet Types

Other popular UFC bet types are detailed below.

UFC Victories By Decision

This means the fight will end in a Judge’s Decision and depends on scoring. Punters can tip a split / majority decision for each fighter, or a unanimous decision for each fighter. There’s also UFC betting open on the fight to end in a draw with big prices on offer on this unlikely result.

UFC Odds on Fight Duration

As well as the overall UFC champion of a bout, punters can tip how long the fight will last. UFC odds are offered for the duration to go 1 – 5 Rounds depending on the fight’s position on the card. A ‘Main Event’ fight lasts for a maximum of Five Rounds, and markets go up on the fight duration going the ‘Full Distance’.

UFC Method of Victory

The same as how the UFC fight will finish, but UFC odds are offered for each method of victory for each of the two fighters. For example, Nate Diaz to defeat his opponent by Decision, Submission, TKO/Knockout or the fight to be judged as a draw.

UFC Round Betting

These are UFC markets offered per round. For example, UFC Fighter A to win the fight via a stoppage in Round 1 or UFC Fighter B to finish the fight via a stoppage in Round 2.

How UFC Fight Will Finish

How a UFC match finishes can happen a number of different ways. Prices are offered on a Decision / Submission, when a fighter taps out; a Knockout (KO) or a Technical Knockout (TKO) decided by the referee.