What exactly is Mixed Martial Arts?
Mixed Martial Arts is a combat sport that allows the contestants to combine various fighting styles and techniques, including the ones patented by the fighters. The fight takes place inside a padded octagon with 6 feet high walls, designed to prevent the contestants falling off from the platform.
As a full-contact sport, MMA can be extremely brutal, with more than just one way to end the fight. There are several possible outcomes, with MMA betting markets for each of the possibilities:
- Fixed number of rounds – usually 3 to 5 rounds, depending on the type of match. For example, title matches will last 5 rounds. If both fighters last all 5 rounds, the 10-point scoring system will determine the winner.
- Knockout – disabling the rivals by knocking them out for 10 full seconds, counted down by the referee.
- Submission – forcing the opponent to admit defeat through a submission technique which, ideally, will render their ability to fight back. One of the most popular submission moves is called a triangle choke, where the fighter locks the opponent’s head and one arm with his legs.
- Doctor Stoppage – in case of an injury, a doctor stops the fight
- Referee Stoppage – a referee can stop the match if deemed that one of the fighters is not fit to proceed or if there are any violations.
- Corner Stoppage – corner retirement or RTD is not a frequent occurrence in professional matches. It is usually initiated by the fighter’s coaching team that can step in and end the fight in order to prevent more serious injuries. The issue is quite controversial in the world of MMA, and there seems to be a stigma attached to RTD. The unwritten rule about avoiding corner stoppages has recently been challenged by Trevor Whittman who strongly advocates corner retirement when a fighter is clearly in trouble. In 2015, Whittman stopped the fight between Nate Marquardt (on second attempt, as the first intervention was allegedly prevented by the official at Mexico City Arena). The fight was finally stopped less than one minute before the official end.
- Disqualification – disqualification can be provoked by any rule or sports integrity violation inside and outside the octagon. Certain moves or conduct can result in suspension of the fighters and other penalties. After the altercation with the Conor McGregor’s coach in October 2018, Khabib Nurmagomedov was disqualified for 6-9 months.
- No Contest – usually ruled if the fight must end due to certain factors that are outside the fighters’ control; it could be described as a fight annulment since there is no winner or loser.
Best MMA Bookmakers
- William Hill – one of the first online bookies to publish MMA odds, that also offers Venator FC, KSW, and TUF coverage. The bookie is operated by WHG international, holding the UK Gambling Commission and the Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Associating licences. William Hill members who submit their first deposit will be able to claim £30 free bet welcome bonus.
- 888Sports – it is impossible to explore MMA betting markets and not come across 888Sports, which provides sports betting services under UKGC and GCGB licences. The members will be able to place free MMA bets throughout the entire season and the new account holders will be greeted with £30 free bets on the first deposit. Ongoing promotions are regularly offered, and the return players can take advantage of the 25% odds boost, more free bets, and money back.
- Bovada – launched in 2011, Bodog offers a 50% welcome bonus to all the new members who submit up to $250 deposit. Bovada is one of the best-known online sportsbooks in the industry, especially for the USA players and bitcoin users (they bookie features a $5,000 bitcoin bonus offer, matching the deposit with up to 150%.
Here are some great bookmakers and their welcome bonuses.