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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the fastest growing sport in the world and is predicted to overtake boxing as the premier combat sport in the near future. It can be traced right back to the very first Olympic Games in 648 BC but its modern incarnation is largely due to the Gracie family, the founders of Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu, who in the early 1900’s began challenging people from various martial arts backgrounds. It was from here that the sport as it is today emerged and it has come a long way since then with many rules and regulations being added. 

As the name suggests competitors need to be versed in a wide range of martial arts such as Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling and Muay Thai. Bouts can end in either a decision, usually from cage-side judges, or by stoppage. Stoppages can be via submission, where a competitor taps out or verbally submits, via technical knockout, where a corner, doctor or referee stop the bout, or via knockout, where a competitor is unable to continue due to strikes.

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MMA Betting

As the sport continues to grow so does the betting market and the majority of the major bookmakers now offer odds on upcoming bouts. The most popular market is still the outright winner market but a number of sites such as Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Bet 365 do offer alternative markets such as the following;

  • Round Betting – Which competitor to win and in which round.
  • Method of Victory – Which competitor to win and by what method – KO, TKO, DQ, Submission or Decision
  • How will the Fight Finish – Whether the fight will end in a stoppage or go to the judges’ score cards.
  • Fight Duration – How many rounds the fight will last.
  • Decision Victory – If the fight goes to decision will it be unanimous, split, or majority decision.

These options are generally reserved for main events and most undercard fights only present an opportunity to bet on the outright winner. Most UK sites also focus solely on the UFC but sites such as Ladbrokes and Paddy Power have also offered odds on Bellator and BAMMA events in the past. As mentioned earlier however with the sport continuing to grow the opportunities to bet on it will undoubtedly follow suit. To keep up to date with the best value on MMA/UFC events keep checking FREEbets.org.uk for previews of upcoming bouts. 

MMA Organisations

MMA is dominated by the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the largest MMA organisation in the world and the pinnacle of the sport. Outside of the UFC other prominent organisations are Bellator MMA, One Championship, Rizin, Cage Warriors, the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) and also KSW, a Polish based MMA organisation and one of the biggest in Europe.

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Future Schedule

  • Feb 02 - UFC Fight Night - Assunção vs. Moraes 2
  • Feb 10 - UFC 234- Middleweight Title - Robert Whittaker v Kevin Gastelum plus Israel Adesanya v Anderson Silva
  • Feb 17 - UFC on ESPN - Ngannou vs.Vazquez
  • Feb 23 - UFC Fight Night - Blachowicz vs. Santos
  • Mar 02 - UFC 235 - Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith, Tyron Woodley vs Kamaru Usman, Robbie Lawler v Ben Askren
  • Mar 09 - UFC Fight Night - Lewis vs. Dos Santos
  • Mar 16 - UFC Fight Night - Till vs. Masvidal
  • Mar 23 - UFC Fight Night - Thompson vs. Pettis
  • Mar 30 - UFC on ESPN - Barboza vs. Gaethje

Pound for Pound Ratings

Conor McGregor remains the biggest star and draw in the UFC, although he can no longer claim to make any claim on being the best fighter in the company. The Irishman might be the sport’s most recognisable face but since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018, he has dropped right down the pound-for-pound rankings.

Dagestani mauler Nurmagomedov took his incredible professional record to 27-0 with that win over McGregor and currently rules the lightweight division. His ground game has proved impossible to deal with in the UFC as he has barely lost a round, never mind a fight since arriving in the big leagues.

The only man keeping Khabib off the top of the pound-for-pound list is Daniel Cormier who currently holds the UFC heavyweight title and previously held the light heavyweight strap. 'DC' dethroned Stipe Miocic who had defended the heavyweight title more times than any other fighter and has since defended it once against Derrick Lewis. Cormier is edging closer to retirement and may only have one fight left, but we are yet to learn what that scrap will be.

Cormier's old foe Jon Jones is also a pound-for-pound contender after retunrning from suspension to regain the light heavyweight title which DC had vacated. Jones beat Alexander Gustafsson for the vacant belt and is defending the title against Anthony Smith in March.

Amanda Nunes saw her name shoot up the pound-for-pound rankings with her huge knockout win over Cris Cyborg at UFC 229 in December 2018. With that victory she added the women's featherweight title to her bantamweight strap and made an argument for herself being the greatest female fighter, not only now, but in history.

Valentina Shevchenko claimed the vacant flyweight belt at UFC 231 and could be set for a lengthy reign, whilst Rose Namajunas is extremely impressive at the strawweight champ.

Another fighter that has seen his star soar in recent months is Henry Cejudo who, despite being an Olympic gold medalist, went from relative unknown to MMA superstar thanks to two huge victories. Cejudo beat long-time flyweight king Demetrious Johnson to claim his belt, then knocked off bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw who had dropped down in weight to take him on at 125lbs.

MMA Weight Divisions

As earlier mentioned, MMA bouts take place across a variety of weight divisions much like you have in boxing. The different weight classifications each boast their own characteristics with the flyweights usually a quicker nimble style right up to the power of the heavyweights. Below displays each of the weight categories as well as the upper weight limits as stated in the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts;

Strawweight - Up to 115lb (52.2 kg) - women only in UFC

Flyweight - Up to 125lb (56.7 kg)

Bantamweight - Up to 135lb (61.2 kg)

Featherweight - Up to 145lb (65.8 kg)

Lightweight - Up to 155lb (70.3 kg)

Welterweight - Up to 170lb (77.1 kg)

Middleweight - Up to 185lb (83.9 kg)

Light Heavyweight - Up to 205lb (93 kg)

Heavyweight - Up to 265 lb (120.2kg)

 

 

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