MMA prop bets are types of bets at Mixed Martial Arts bookmakers that go above and beyond the usual “pick the winner” type of bets. They can take many forms and are limited only by the imagination of whoever it is that comes up with prop bets. Examples can include who will score the first knockdown, how many rounds the fight will last and so on.
Placing these wagers are a lot of fun because they come in so many different forms. Bookmakers tend to stick with a few basic types of prop bets, but if you look around, you’ll find many different opportunities. As the sport continues to grow in popularity, we can expect to see increasing numbers of props available.
Here is an Example
This is an example what you could expect to see in a basic MMA prop bet. We just made this one up for now, but it should serve as a pretty good explanation of what they look like in practice.
Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort Outcome Props
- Silva wins via submission -110
- Silva wins via strikes EVEN
- Silva wins via decision -120
- Belfort wins via submission +180
- Belfort wins via strikes +120
- Belfort wins via decision -110
This prop bet revolves around how the match will end. There are three different outcomes for each fighter: submission, strikes or decision. The betting site in this example has analyzed each fighter’s style and provided the moneyline odds on the right side of the bet.
The moneyline odds tell you how much money you can expect to win on each outcome. A negative number means you need to wager more than you can win and a positive number means that you can win more money than your original wager.
For example, the site in this case has given odds of +180 on Belfort winning via submission. The betting site knows that he’s not a great submitter (and that Anderson is great on the ground), so they’re willing to pay $1.80 for every $1.00 you wager on that outcome.
Silva, on the other hand, is seen as a great submission fighter. As a result, the odds next to him winning via submission are -110. This means that you will need to wager $1.10 for every $1.00 in potential winnings. He’s a well known fighter and the betting site anticipates to see a lot of action on that outcome.
A Few Helpful Tips
MMA prop bets are pretty difficult to find on the internet right now. You can visit a few different sites at any time and still have a hard time finding any. Most bookmakers offer MMA betting, but they consist primarily of straight up moneyline wagers.
You’ll have the best luck finding props on the internet by checking the major sportsbooks during highly publicized and anticipated matches.