Understanding UFC Betting Odds

UFC betting odds on the UFC Ultimate Fight Night in Las Vegas. If a newcomer to the betting world took a look at these numbers, he or she may be a bit confused. However, it really isn’t all that complicated.

To help explain how the odds for betting on UFC or other MMA events work, I will provide an example of odds from one of the most watched UFC main events of all time, the rematch of Georges St Pierre vs BJ Penn.

Picking the outright winner:

Georges St Pierre to win -265
BJ Penn to win +175

Should a bettor pick Georges St Pierre to win, St Pierre would have to win by any means, and the bettor would receive $100 for every $265 bet. If the better had chosen BJ Penn to win, Penn would have to win by any means and the better would receive $175 for every $100 bet.

Pick each fighter individually to win by knockout:

Georges St Pierre by KO or stoppage +210
BJ Penn by KO or stoppage +270

Should a bettor pick Georges St Pierre to win by knockout or ref stoppage, he or she would win $210 for every $100 bet. Choosing Penn by knockout or ref stoppage would pay $270 for every $100 bet.

Pick each fighter to win by submission:

Georges St Pierre by Submission +285
BJ Penn by Submission +315

Picking a winner by submission is similar to picking a fighter by knockout. Should a bettor pick Georges St Pierre to win by submission, the bettor would receive $285 for every $100 bet. Picking BJ Penn by submission would pay $315 for every $100 bet.

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