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 10 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 Boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wresting, Muay Thai, Judo, Karate and others.
UFC 224 Betting Preview
UFC 224 is the next major mixed martial arts event running on May 13 (AUS time) at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The main event UFC 224 fight is scheduled between current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington for the title. Originally Nunes was to face Cris Cyborg in a Women’s Featherweight Championship bout, but the reigning champ Cyborg instead defended that title at UFC 222 in March.
- Bout: UFC 224
- Main Event Fight: Amanda Nunes vs Raquel Pennington
- Date: Sunday May 13 (AUS time)
- Venue: Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The comp’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 of in the Strawweight or Bantamweight 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 Odds & Betting
Along with UFC odds on the overall fight winner, MMA betting odds on how a match will end and how many minutes a fight will last are also popular UFC bet types. These are listed in UFC betting as ‘How Will The Fight Finish’, ‘Method of Victory’ and ‘Fight Duration’.
UFC News: Special Interest
UFC History: Records
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 is held by America’s Duane “Bang” Ludwig of 0.06 seconds for his win against Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 3. Oleg Taktarov, known as “The Russian Bear” meanwhile has the fastest submission record of 0.09 seconds.
|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)||5|
|Most Bouts||Tito Ortiz, Frank Mir & Michael Bisping||Tied 27|
|Most Wins||Michael Bisping||20|
|Most Finishes||Anderson Silva & Vitor Belfort||Tied 14|
|Most Knockouts||Vitor Belfort||12|
|Most Submissions||Royce Gracie||11|
|Most Unanimous Decision Wins||Georges St-Pierre||10|
|Most Wins in Title Bout||Georges St-Pierre||12|
|Most Title Bouts||Randy Couture||15 (9 wins, 6 losses)|
|Most Consecutive Title Defenses||Anderson Silva (Middlewight)||10|
|Longest Winning Streak||Anderson Silva||16|
|Most Performance of the Night Awards||Conor McGregor||6|
|Most Knockout of the Night Awards||Anderson Silva||7|
|Most Submission of the Night Awards||Joe Lauzon||6|
|Most Fight of the Night Awards||Frankie Edgar, Diego Sanchez & Nate Diaz||Tied 7|
|Most Total Fight Time||Frankie Edgar||6:17.49|
|Most Takedowns in a Single Bout||Khabib Nurmagomedov||21 of 27 attempts|
|Fastest Knockout||Duane Ludwig over Jonathan Goulet||0:06 (UFC Fight Night 3)|
|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 193 Rousey vs. Holm||56,214 Etihad 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. MMA 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 MMA 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 or Knockout.
UFC Round Betting
These are UFC markets offered per round. For example, UFC Fighter A to win Round 1 or UFC Fighter B to win 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. If a UFC fighter is famous for wins by KO his odds to win by that means will obviously be shorter than a Decision result.