UFC Betting in Massachusetts

With larger-than-life personalities, big-time title fights and the bright lights of pay-per-view, the UFC also represents a fun option for sports bettors. MMA is now one of the most popular sports globally and represents a growing share of action at sportsbooks.

Though sports betting is not yet legal in Massachusetts, betting on the UFC will certainly be part of the menu when online sportsbooks get the go-ahead. These are the best UFC betting sites you’ll find in legal states.

Best potential UFC betting sites in Massachusetts

With UFC television ratings surging across the country, more viewers will mean more bettors. Major sportsbooks have responded with multiple UFC and MMA betting options every week. Here are some of the best:

DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings is the UFC’s official sports betting partner in the United States and Canada. This partnership means DraftKings Sportsbook offers distinct betting options for UFC cards:

  • Enhanced prop bets.
  • In-broadcast odds.
  • Weekly free-to-play UFC events.
  • Fight parlays that combine the method of victory and round.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Though DraftKings is the official UFC betting partner, FanDuel Sportsbook doesn’t skimp on the UFC/MMA betting experience:

  • Insurance for parlays with UFC bets.
  • Boosts related to pay-per-view and weekly UFC Fight Night cards.
  • Various props, including victory methods.

BetMGM Sportsbook

BetMGM markets itself as the “King of Sportsbooks.” With brand ambassadors like Jamie Foxx, Wayne Gretzky and Connor McDavid, BetMGM Sportsbook is attempting to make a splash in the sports betting market. Here are some betting options that it offers for the UFC:

  • Risk-free bets on UFC bouts.
  • Up-to-the-minute odds for live betting.
  • Odds boosts for every significant UFC card.

Barstool Sportsbook

Barstool Sportsbook is a venture involving Barstool Sports and Penn National Gaming. While it is a newcomer to the retail sportsbook scene, it has instant brand recognition thanks to Barstool’s notoriety. Like its competitors, it offers a variety of UFC/MMA betting options:

  • Specials for every UFC card.
  • Odds boosts and curated parlay bets.
  • Integration with Barstool Sports media.

UFC betting apps and live UFC betting

Live betting harnesses today’s technology and provides bettors with many options unavailable only a few years ago. This means you can bet on a sporting event as it is happening.

You don’t have to get your bets in before the bout begins, and you can try to leverage your sports knowledge to bet on more favorable odds during the fight itself. Live betting odds will shift based on score and situation, whether it’s a football game or a UFC heavyweight bout.

For UFC action, the moneylines and lines for the method of victory will shift from minute to minute. For example, if Dustin Poirier closes as a -130 favorite versus Conor McGregor, the moneyline might shift in McGregor’s favor should he land some early punches. If you still believe Poirier will win the fight, you can grab him at more profitable odds mid-fight in this scenario.

Any of the above sportsbooks will offer a downloadable app for your phone or tablet that makes live betting even easier.

UFC odds boosts and bonuses

Sportsbooks are always looking for new bettors. They aim to win your loyalty through odds boosts and new player bonuses. For example, you may see a sportsbook like Caesars increase the sign-up bonus before a prominent UFC event. Other sportsbooks like FanDuel may offer a 30-to-1 odds boost on a specific fight, designed to give loyal players a profitable win.

DraftKings utilizes profit boosts for UFC events. You may see an offer for a 20% odds boost, meaning the odds on a fighter get juiced in your favor. Check back on this site to find the latest UFC betting promotions if legal online sports betting eventually launches in Massachusetts.

How do UFC odds work?

UFC betting odds are most similar to boxing odds. Before you bet on UFC fights, here is how the main bets work:

Moneyline (fighter to win)

moneyline bet is the same no matter the sport. You wager on the fighter you think will win the bout, and if that happens, you win too. For example, you may see UFC moneyline odds like this:

  • Conor McGregor +110
  • Dustin Poirier -130

If you bet $100 on McGregor and he wins, you win $110 (plus your bet back). If you bet $130 on Poirier and he wins, you’ll receive $100, plus your bet back.

To go the distance

A fight must last until the final bell for a fight to go the distance. A “to go the distance” bet (sometimes called a “fight to go the distance” bet) is a two-way bet on whether a fight will last until the end. It’s a simple win/loss or yes/no bet.

Over/under for rounds

An over/under for rounds is a bet on how long you think the fight will last. This bet sounds similar to a “go the distance” wager, and it is, with one crucial difference — the fight doesn’t have to last until the final bell.

The standard over/under for a three-round fight is 1.5 or 2.5. For Poirier vs. McGregor, you might be able to place a bet like under 1.5 rounds (+145)

To win the fight in a specific round

It’s as simple as it sounds. You pick the winner of the fight and the round in which it will end. The odds shift based on the attributes and record of each fighter. If a fight features a mismatch with one fighter holding heavy knockout power, you may notice the odds are less profitable in the first or second round.

  • McGregor in round one +350
  • Poirier in round one +550

In this scenario, oddsmakers believe that McGregor’s fighting style gives him a better chance to win in the first round. The odds shift as the rounds progress:

  • McGregor in round three +1200
  • Poirier in round three +850

Oddsmakers believe the fight favors Poirier in the later rounds.

To win a fight in a range of rounds

Picking a range of rounds is a less specific type of betting, but it can be a good bet. In the case of McGregor vs. Poirier, if you believe McGregor wins the fight by knocking Poirier out early, you’d take the option of McGregor in rounds one or two.

However, if you believe that Poirier will survive the early rounds and that his leg kick strategy will wear down McGregor, you can take Poirier in rounds three to five.

Winning methods

Like boxing, you can bet on how a fighter will win. Boxing has limited outcomes. There’s a knockout, technical knockout, draw or decision. MMA has all those bets but adds another winning method — submission.

Sportsbooks also offer parlay bets on round betting and method of victory. If you believe McGregor will win by knockout in round one, you can pair those bets for increased odds.

Vegas UFC odds vs. local sportsbook odds

Las Vegas and the oddsmakers at casino sportsbooks there still are a big name in sports betting odds. More than any other entity, they are the “market makers.” When they release odds on a fight, the rest of the gambling world tends to pay attention.

That doesn’t mean you won’t see differences. The UFC stages many of its pay-per-view events from Las Vegas, and the books out there see a considerable amount of action.

If Massachusetts legalizes sports betting, you’ll notice slight but significant differences in Las Vegas odds and the odds of MA betting sites once they come online. To find the best odds, utilize multiple sportsbooks and shop for a good number.

How and why do UFC odds move?

Oddsmakers assess fighters on fighting style, record and the “tale of the tape.” The “tape” includes height, weight and reach measurements. Books use these numbers, analyze the matchup and release odds.

Odds move on UFC fights depending on the action coming in. For example, if the initial line is McGregor +110 and the early money favors that number, the sportsbook may move the line to +100 or lower. News reports can also shift UFC betting lines. If information leaks about Poirier struggling during training, his initial -130 odds might move to where McGregor is now the favorite.

Major UFC events or venues in Massachusetts

The UFC started holding events at Boston’s TD Garden back in 2010. That first card featured a lightweight battle between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn.

2019 was the last time the UFC staged fights in MA, and it was for a live UFC on ESPN card featuring Dominick Reyes vs. Chris Weidman.

Sportsbook rules for UFC betting

Every sportsbook has specific rules for UFC bets, but there are universal rules you must know before you begin placing bets.

When can you place a bet?

You can place a pre-fight bet up until the first bell. During the fight, though, odds shift moment to moment.

What happens if there’s a disqualification?

disqualification acts like a knockout. You would win if you bet on McGregor by knockout, and Poirier receives a DQ.

What happens if there is a draw?

Many sportsbooks offer a draw (or tie) as the outcome. In such a case, you lose if you bet on a specific fighter to win.

There is another draw called a “technical draw.” A technical draw is when an injury happens due to an intentional foul, and the fight continues but must stop later due to the sustained injury. In the case of a technical draw, all bets are void unless they’ve already settled.

What happens to UFC bets if the fight is no contest?

A UFC fight is a “no contest” when an accidental injury causes a fight stoppage before enough time passes to make an official decision. If deemed a no contest, all bets are voided.

Can you bet on smaller MMA organizations?

While the UFC is the premier name in MMA fighting, other leagues like Bellator exist. However, they are niche organizations, and only a few online sportsbooks offer odds.

DraftKings and FanDuel do not release odds on these fights. Your best bet if you want to bet on Bellator or other smaller MMA brands is BetMGM. It has odds for Bellator, Invicta and PFL Challenger Series events.

Best MMA fighters from Massachusetts

Massachusetts has its share of famous MMA fighters. Here are two who’ve made their names under the bright lights of UFC.

Jorge Rivera

Milford, Massachusetts, native, Rivera made his name in the 185-pound division. He fought all the premier fighters of his day and retired in 2012 with a TKO victory over Eric Schafer.

Kenny Florian

Fighting out of Brookline, Florian first gained prominence on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. He followed that appearance with a 17-year career featuring multiple title fights. Now retired, Florian stays active as a UFC commentator.

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