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
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.
|Jon Jones (Light Heavyweight)
|23 years, 242 days
|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)
|Most Decision Wins
|Most Wins in Title Bout
|Most Title Bouts
|Randy Couture, Georges St-Pierre
|Most Consecutive Title Defenses
|Demetrious Johnson, Anderson Silva
|Longest Winning Streak
|Most Performance of the Night Awards
|Most Knockout of the Night Awards
|Most Submission of the Night Awards
|Most Fight of the Night Awards
|Most Total Fight Time
|7 hours 16 minutes 11 seconds
|Most Takedowns in a Single Bout
|Jorge Masvidal over Ben Askren
|0:05 (UFC 239)
|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.