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The full-contact sport of Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA for short can be traced back to the early 1900s at least, in the Pacific Rim, Europe and Japan. However, it has never been more popular than it is right now. As interest has grown, it has become more diverse. Most fighters now blend several martial arts together, along with elements of boxing and wrestling, to create their own unique style.
The most prestigious Mixed Martial Arts organisation in the world is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and you’ll find that most sports betting markets focus on the contests that they host. However, at Spin Sports, New Zealanders will also find options for smaller outfits, such as the World Series of Fighting, Invicta FC, and One Championship.
Because there is so much variation in a sport that allows both striking and grappling, predicting the results of a fight is very challenging. You need to do as much research as possible into recent performances and body statistics. However, it is equally important to look at specifics around the event and the competitors, as close to the time of the match as possible. We make winning easier, and our reliable, reputable sportsbook will always put the information you need within reach.
Watching these athletes do what they do best is always thrilling, and never more so than when you have money riding on the outcome. In the past, opponents of different weight classes were often pitted against each other. This made for some very uneven face-offs, but these days the weight divisions are well controlled.
Weigh-ins are done the morning of the day before a fight, and are one of the factors you need to pay attention to. If a contestant has struggled to cut weight, they’ll appear very dehydrated at the weigh-in and will not have time to rehydrate properly and get their strength back.
While weight divisions are properly moderated, opponents often have very different ages. Unfortunately, MMA doesn’t pay as well as other disciplines, so the average retirement age is a lot older. If one fighter is a lot younger than the other, this is an obvious advantage. On the other hand, if they are both getting on in years you can use this information to predict how many rounds the match will last.
The style, pace, stance and reach of each contender also needs to be carefully considered when sports betting, especially in comparison to each other. If the fighting surface is a 4-cornered ring (rather than a cage or an octagon), athletes who use a stand-up or striking style have an advantage. If one of the competitors uses more wrestling moves, this could make them more likely to lose in this situation.
You can put money on who will win, the nature of the victory (KO, TKO or Decision), how long the match will last, and even how many rounds each opponent will take. As you gain experience, you can also consider specific Prop bets. Whatever sports betting option you choose, do it with Spin Sports and get the best odds in New Zealand!
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