The Ultimate Fighting Championship: Complete Betting Guide


Friday, March 29, 2019 1:53 AM UTC

Friday, Mar. 29, 2019 1:53 AM UTC

 The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the largest and most popular American mixed martial arts promotion company in the world. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada it’s the perfect place to fit right into the huge betting industry Las Vegas has to offer.

<h2><img alt src="" style="width:600px;height:338px" /><br /><br /><br /><u>UFC History</u></h2><p><br />The Ultimate Fighting Championship had its 25th year Anniversary this past November reaching a milestone of over 400 events produced from 1993 – 2018. This coming November will be the 26th year the UFC has been producing martial arts contests and will be close to 500 events produced.<br /><br />With 9 different weight classes (3 female, 8 male) the UFC has certainly stepped up its game since the early/late 1990’s when any fighter would compete with no weight restrictions what so ever! Yep, you heard it right… a 200lb fighter could compete against a 300lb fighter and nobody would bat an eyelid. It was a complete rebellion in the world of combat sports and was not taken as a serious sport like it is in today’s climate, with some referring to UFC in the ’90s as the human equivalent of cockfighting.<br /><br />Certain commissions even went as far as to ban the UFC from holding shows at their arenas, most notable being New York in 1997, they famously lifted the ban in 2016 finally allowing fighters to compete at Madison Square Garden.</p><p>The harsh criticism that the UFC took didn’t scare current president <strong>Dana White</strong> from finding investment and being involved in the sale and UFC re-brand in 2001. At the time Dana was a familiar face in mixed martial arts managing fighters like Chuck Liddell, but as soon as he got word that former owner Robert Meyrowitz was struggling financially and wanted to sell… he was straight on the phone to a lifelong friend and partner Lorenzo Fertitta who at the time was an executive for Station Casinos in Nevada.<br /><br />Lorenzo and his brother Frank Fertitta purchased the UFC in January of 2001 for $2,000,000 fighting under the brand name of Zuffa. They made Dana White president of the company and from there on out the UFC went from success to greater success.<br /><br />Fast forward 15 years later to July 2016 and Zuffa LLC/UFC was sold for a staggering $4.025 Billion from numerous investors led by WWE-IMG. At the time of sale, Dana White owned 9% share in the company and decided to continue his role as president for the company, which no doubt WWE-IMG wanted to happen considering his amazing track record of successfully running the UFC.</p><h2><u>Weight Classes &amp; Rising Stars</u></h2><p> </p><p><u><img alt src="" style="width:600px;height:400px" /></u></p><p><br /><strong>Heavyweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Daniel Cormier</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Not Announced / Potentially Brock Lesnar</li> <li>Heavyweight Rising Star: Augusto Sakai</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Light Heavyweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Jon Jones</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Not Announced</li> <li>Rising Star: Johnny Walker</li></ul><p><strong>Middleweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Robert Whittaker</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Isreal Adesanya or Kelvin Gastelum</li> <li>Rising Star: Paulo Costa</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Welterweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Kamaru Usman</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Not Announced / Potentially Colby Covington</li> <li>Rising Star: Leon Edwards</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Lightweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Not Announced / Potentially Holloway or Poirier</li> <li>Rising Star: Alexander Hernandez</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Featherweight Division </strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Max Holloway</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Not Announced</li> <li>Rising Star: Alexander Volkanovski</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Bantamweight Division </strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Vacant</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Henry Cejudo vs Marlon Moraes</li> <li>Rising Star: Petr Yan</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Flyweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Henry Cejudo</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Not Announced / Possibly Jussier Formiga</li> <li>Rising Star: Alexandre Panjota</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Women’s Featherweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Amanda Nunes</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Not Announced</li> <li>Rising Star: Megan Anderson</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Women’s Bantamweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Amanda Nunes</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Not Announced</li> <li>Rising Star: Aspen Ladd</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Women’s Flyweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Valentina Shevchenko</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Jessica Eye</li> <li>Rising Star: Montana De La Rosa</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Women’s Strawweight Division</strong></p><ul> <li>Current Champion: Rose Namajunas</li> <li>Number 1 Contender: Jessica Andrade</li> <li>Rising Star: Welli Zhang</li></ul><p><br />For a more in-depth look at the weight classes and rising stars to <strong>follow soon.</strong></p><h2><u>UFC Betting</u></h2><p><br /><img alt src="" style="width:600px;height:400px" /><br /><br />Betting on combat sports such as UFC isn’t for the faint-hearted. You can be celebrating your fighter on the way to a decision victory and then in the last second end up counting your losses because your fighter let his guard down for one moment and got knocked out cold.<br /><br />One way to succeed in betting UFC, much like many other sports, is to maintain discipline and control over your bankroll. Set aside ‘X’ amount of money you are willing to invest, and then strategically wager your bankroll across multiple different markets. Allowing yourself room to lose is imperative because sooner or later you will take a hit, and that “10 unit banger” will soon blow up in your face.<br /><br />Sounds simple but don’t get carried away, you will need to study each fighter separately and figure out their strengths and weaknesses. Compare the two fighters statistically and stylistically whilst taking other factors into account such as weight cuts, backstage heat and fight camp, amongst many more.<br /><br /><a href="" title="For a more in-depth look into UFC betting and Odd’s history click here.">For a more in-depth look into UFC betting and Odd’s history click here.</a></p><h2><u>Official Rankings: Top 15 Pound for Pound Fighter’s in The UFC</u></h2><p><br /><img alt src="" style="width:600px;height:352px" /><br /><br /><strong>1. Daniel Cormier (Heavyweight)</strong><br />Whilst being the reigning and defending light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier moved up to the heavyweight division and won himself a second piece of gold with ease. With 22 wins across a 10 year professional MMA career, Daniel Cormier without a doubt deserves to hold the number one ranking and take the crown for the best fighter in the world.<br /><br /><strong>2. Jon Jones (Light Heavyweight)</strong><br />If it wasn’t for Jon Jones personal issues outside the cage and positive drug test results, he may well be in the #1 spot. He is undefeated in his 25 fight career other than an accident knee which caused him a DQ loss to Matt Hamill way back in 2009.</p><p><strong>3. Khabib Nurmagomedov (Welterweight)</strong><br />Current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is arguably deserving of the number one spot as well. 11 fight win streak in the UFC and 27 fights win streak in his professional MMA career, Khabib is one of the scariest and most dangerous fighters to ever step foot inside the octagon. Undefeated and still young, we have a lot more to see from Khabib in the future.</p><p><strong>4. Max Holloway (Featherweight &amp; Lightweight)</strong><br />13 fight win streak, 4 TKO’s in his previous 4 fights and absolute class put Holloway in fourth place. Looking to imitate his featherweight peer Conor McGregor and also Holloway's last loss in 2013, Holloway is stepping up from being the featherweight champion and entering the lightweight division to face Dustin Poirier for the lightweight interim title. With a possibility that the winner will face Khabib on his return from suspension.<br /><br /><strong>5. Henry Cejudo (Flyweight)</strong><br />Current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo was the first person to ever defeat the former undefeated reigning champion, Demetrious Johnson. With a huge turn around since his first fight with Johnson where he came up short, Cejudo has looked ultra-impressive in his previous 3 fights.</p><p><strong>6. Amanda Nunes (Featherweight &amp; Bantamweight)</strong><br />Seeking championships in two weight classes seems to be the trend since Conor McGregor became the first two-division champion and Amanda Nunes was quick to jump on board. Successfully knocking out Cris Cyborg who was undefeated for 15 years until she crossed paths with Nunes.</p><p><strong>7. Kamaru Usman (Welterweight)</strong><br />Some may argue Kamarus Usman's position in the ranking due to his lack of finishes in the UFC but one thing you cannot take away from the welterweight champion is his toughness and highly skilled wrestling ability. On a 10 fight win streak in the UFC Kamaru has only managed to finish two of these fights but that was more than enough to gain him a title shot and become the most recent newly crowned UFC champion.</p><p><strong>8. Conor McGregor (Lightweight)</strong><br />The UFC’S golden boy and big money draw, with no introduction, needed Conor McGregor has one of the most inspiring and successful mixed martial arts legacies. Record after record broken, multiple championships won and even a stint in the boxing world makes Conor McGregor the biggest household name in mixed martial arts today. Some UFC diehards totally disagree with Conor’s position in the rankings due to his inactivity, but the Irishmen’s legacy cannot be ignored and will live on forever. With his recent announcement regarding his retirement, its possible we may never see Conor fight again but there’s also a chance a big money payday might bring him out of retirement one day.</p><p><strong>9. Stipe Miocic (Heavyweight)</strong><br />Former heavyweight champion went on a 5 fight win streak all by knockout until heavyweight gold was around his waist. He defended his title successfully against the most dangerous striker Francis Ngannou. Unfortunately for him, Daniel Cormier decided to move up a weight class and hand Stipe his first defeat since 2014.</p><p><strong>10. Robert Whittaker (Middleweight)</strong><br />The first and only UFC champion to come out of Australia, Robert Whittaker has been a force to be reckoned with. Since his last loss in 2014 against Stephen Thompson, Whittaker is on a 9 fight win streak and currently holds the middleweight championship title.<br /><br /><strong>11. Tony Ferguson (Lightweight)</strong><br />‘El Cucuy’ with his 11 fight win streak is one of the only fighters inside the rankings who doesn’t have or hasn’t defended a UFC title. Plagued with injuries at the worst time in recent years. Tony is an incredible fighter and will no doubt make a huge comeback later this year.</p><p><strong>12. Tyron Woodley (Welterweight)</strong><br />Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley takes some heat from UFC fans and doesn’t mind letting them know how he feels. Devastating knockout power and high-level wrestling helped Woodley on his way to 3 successful title defences before coming up short in a decision loss to Kamaru Usman earlier this year.</p><p><strong>13. Rose Namajunas (Women’s Strawweight)</strong><br />Rose ‘Thug’ Namajunas shocked the world when she handed former women’s strawweight champion Joana Jedrezejczyk her first career loss and became the new world champion. Successfully beating Joana a second time round confirmed Rose wasn’t a fluke and her legacy was cemented.<br /><br /><strong>14. Cris Cyborg (Women’s Featherweight)</strong><br />Former women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is one of the most recognisable and household names in female mixed martial arts. Known for her impressive striking skills and brute force, Cyborg was on a great 20-0 win streak since her debut loss as a fighter in 2005 up until she lost to fellow Brazilian Amanda Nunes.</p><p><strong>15. Valentina Shevchenko (Women’s Flyweight)</strong><br />Current women’s flyweight champion Valentina is a class act and one tough lady. ‘The Bullet’ defeated JJ for the vacant women’s flyweight title to win her first championship and become the second ever fighter to hold the newly established flyweight belt.</p><h2><u>The Future</u></h2><p>With the UFC holding more events than ever, signing a brand new deal with ESPN and ever expanding the company, UFC fans won’t be short of entertaining fights and some good chances to make a few bucks.</p><p><u><strong>UFC 236 Co-Main Event</strong></u></p><p><img alt src="" style="width:338px;height:500px" /><br /><br /><strong>Isreal Adesanya (1.50 – 1/2 at William Hill) .vs. Kelvin Gastelum (2.80 – 9/5 at <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet 365 Odds">Bet365</a>)</strong><br /><br />Love this spot here for Isreal. With no discredit to Kelvin, I feel like Adesanya has the chance to become the first person to win a title within the space of just over a year since joining the company. This fight is striker vs striker and with the height advantage, the reach advantage and huge buzz surrounding his name I think Isreal can bring home the bacon on April 13th at UFC 236.<br /><br /><u><strong>UFC 236 Main Event</strong></u><br /><br /><strong>Max Holloway (1.40 – 2/5 at Bet365) vs Dustin Poirier (3.10 – 21/10 at <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill Odds">William Hill</a>)</strong><br /><br />Another great chance to fade the underdog here... Many moons ago, a young and fragile version of Max Holloway lost his UFC debut to Dustin. Here we are 7 years later for the rematch in what I think will be a polar opposite to the previous fight and the oddsmakers clearly agree. I think Max will take advantage of the weakened chin that Poirier possesses and will finish the fight within the distance.</p><p><strong><u>UFC 237 Main Event</u><br /><br /><img alt src="" style="width:263px;height:379px" /></strong><br /><br /><strong>Rose Namajunas (2.25 – 6/5 at Bet365) vs. Jessica Andrade (1.67 – 2/3 at <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill Odds">William Hill</a>)</strong><br /><br />Coming in as such a big underdog must be quite daunting as a UFC champion. At UFC 237 in May, Rose will face a tough test against an opponent who is far superior in the grappling department and I can’t see her successfully defending the title here.</p><h2><u>UFC Summer kick-off / International Fight Week</u></h2><p><br /><img alt src="" style="width:600px;height:338px" /><br /><br />UFC President Dana White will hold the annual ‘Summer Kick-Off’ press conference in May or June and provide media/UFC fanatics with information regarding the scheduled events taking place between June and the beginning of winter.</p><p>Exciting times ahead with so many new title contenders and fresh blood, the summer kick-off is always entertaining and even though we won’t see the biggest PPV draw Conor McGregor this year, I’m sure the UFC officials have some amazing events and PPV headliners in mind.</p><p>On March 27th the main events for the International fight week were announced. Although contracts haven’t been officially signed, the following fights have been announced for UFC 239 in July 2019;</p><p><strong>Light Heavyweight Championship</strong><br /><br />Jon Jones (Champion) vs Thiago Santos<br /><br /><strong>Female Featherweight Championship</strong><br /><br />Amanda Nunes (Champion) vs Holly Holm<br /><br />Another announcement was also made for UFC 238 in June, which puts up the vacant Bantamweight Championship on the line between current Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and Bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes.<br /><br /><strong>Keep an eye out on our <a href="" title="Odds Market UFC/MMA">Odds Market UFC/MMA page</a> for the latest odds on these events. </strong><br /><br />The future of the UFC looks promising, with a huge new deal at ESPN and an endless number of fresh talent entering the UFC rankings each month. I’m sure Dana White and WWE-IMG have plenty in store for fight fans worldwide.</p>
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