MMA Over and Under Bets

If you’ve ever heard of over/under bets before, these are going to seem
fairly similar. In a basketball game, you would typically bet on if the number
of points scored by both teams was over or under a certain amount. This would be
the same for football as well as most other sports. Combat sports, like MMA, are
a bit different, though. There aren’t really points or things like that you can
add up, but you’re actually betting on the length of the fight. Yes, we know
there are points awarded for winning rounds, but those don’t work with this type
of bet.

In MMA, you are betting on how long the fight lasts. The easiest way to
understand this would be an example. Here’s an over/under bet you might see.

  • Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson | 2.5 Rounds
    • If you took the under, you would win if the fight ended before the 2.5-minute
      mark of the second round.
    • If you took the over, you would win if the fight ended after the 2.5-minute
      mark of the second round.

Below we’ve included live UFC 262 betting odds for the over/under for the main and co-main events to display another example of MMA totals.

Charles OliveiraO 2.5 -170
Michael ChandlerU 2.5 +140
Beneil DariushO 2.5 +105
Tony FergusonU 2.5 -135

It does not matter who wins the fight or how they win; it just matters WHEN
it ends. This creates some new ways that you can leverage your predictions of
how you think a fight is going to go. Have you ever been getting ready for a
fight and thought to yourself, “There is no way this fight makes it out of the
first round with these two beasts.” Well, now you can bet on that knowledge
without worrying about who is actually going to finish the other.

When to Use This Bet

Over/under bets are great when you have a strong idea of how the fight is
going to go. Sometimes this bet is placed in conjunction with picking a winner
and sometimes it is not. If you think a fighter is going to come out and destroy
the other guy in the first round, you can bet that fighter to win and take the
under. You’d be seeing a great payday if you’re right

The most common lines that you will see are the following:

  • Over Under 1.5 Rounds
  • Over Under 2.5 Rounds
  • Over Under 3.5 Rounds

Over/Under 1.5 rounds is common when you have two extremely aggressive
fighters that are going to be coming out swinging for the fences. You’ll see
this more often with heavyweight fighters as they’re much more likely to finish
things quickly with their superior knockout power.

Over/Under 2.5 rounds is the most common that you’re going to see. As most
fights outside of Championship events are 3 rounds, you’re basically betting if
the fight is going to have a stoppage or go the distance. If you think that the
fight is going to go to the judges, bet the over. If you think someone is going
to finish it before the last 2.5 minutes, bet the under.

Over/Under 3.5 rounds is the most common that you will see in Championship
fights that are scheduled for five rounds. Again, this all comes down to how you
think the fight is going to go down. Remember, that in a lot of Championship
fights the fighters start out slowly in the first round and feel each other out.
This means that if you bet the under, it’s a bit less time that they’ll actually
be going at it.

The bottom line with this bet is that it gives you added flexibility in
betting when you think you know how the fight will go, not just who is going to