Betting on combined martial arts, and the UFC particularly, should be quite attractive to folks who are drawn to gambling on underdogs. Because the game utilizes moneyline online betting it is far from rare to see underdogs going off at very high potential returns, and upsets are a big part of the sport. Of course, you can’t just blindly bet on all underdogs and hope to earn a profit — it can’t be easy. There are a number of scenarios in which you’re far more likely to find a potentially profitable underdog compared to others. Listed below are five such situations to be on the lookout for:
A favorite drawing massive public activity — The UFC does a really good job of promoting their stars and making their best fighters seem very good. If those fighters struggle, then, it is very common to see these go off as very heavy favorites. A lot of UFC bettors are only casual lovers, so they will be far more on reputation than anything else, which means they will be heavily drawn to your favorites. Many times, though, the underdog isn’t nearly as outclassed since the odds would suggest they are. When a heavy favorite is drawing a significant majority of those bets on a fight then you can be certain in many cases the odds are higher than they otherwise should be on this fighter. That then means the underdog probably faces more appealing odds than you could otherwise expect. The underdog won’t always be appealing just because they’re facing better chances than they probably should, but if you can normally make a case that the underdog has a good chance then betting on them could turn out to be even more appealing at inflated odds.
An underdog with powerful history outside of UFC — Many UFC bettors are not overall MMA bettors, and they don’t adhere to the sport outside the UFC pay-per0view and broadcast events. Even though there are fewer and fewer other high level organizations on the market that are still some very good fighters toiling outside of the UFC. If a fighter arrives to the UFC to struggle for the very first time they frequently won’t get a good deal of admiration from bettors — particularly if they are contrary to a UFC veteran — unless they are heavily encouraged. If you do your homework, though, you may discover that the fighter is in fact rather impressive and more than capable of giving his rival a tough match on the biggest stage.