MMA Live Betting Explained

There’s no doubt any MMA bout is exciting beyond compare, but when you throw live betting in the mix, the fun goes up a level!

You know MMA betting - if not, level up - but what about how to bet live?

It really is as simple as it sounds. When watching the fight you can wager on the moneyline win, the spread and even what happens next.

Want to understand and bet live on Mixed Martial Arts? Glad you asked - has you covered. Here's our guide on how to live bet on UFC and MMA.

Placing your bet

Often you will be able to locate a live bout through one of two ways; via a Bet Live section on your online sportsbook and/or betting app, or by clicking through to the MMA/UFC category on the book’s site/app. 

Remember, all live bets are time sensitive — if you’re not as quick as Conor McGregor’s left hook, you may miss out!

When signing up to a sportsbook, use our exclusive promotional codes to access free and risk-free bets.

What live bets are available?

Live betting exposes you to many options usually unavailable to the average bettor. The usual wagering options are available during a MMA bout — such as moneyline, round betting and method of victory — but there are added offerings once fighters step into the octagon. There’s always opportunities to find a bet which suits you and capitalize on juicy live odds offered by a sportsbook.

While MMA live betting doesn’t have as many options as other sports, you can still make money when betting in-fight. The critical component to MMA fights is momentum, so if you sense an upset brewing or the favorite overpowering their opponent, you can bet quickly and find value before the betting public — and sportsbooks — notice. Deep thought isn’t as readily applied to live odds, so if you can be swift, you could be lucky!

These are the types of bets available to you during a live MMA fight: 

  • Next round outcome 
  • Method of victory and in what round? 
  • What round will the fight end?
  • Going the distance — whether the fight will last the totality
  • Draw bet
  • Which fighter will draw blood first
  • Exact time fight will end
  • Which body part completes KO/TKO

Hedge Betting

Hedging your bets can be a clever strategy during live individual sports like MMA and tennis, given there are fundamentally two outcomes. 

If you have bet big on the favorite but sense the underdog is coming strong and may cause an upset, you can wager on them to snatch the belt.

Sometimes you will cover your losses — depending on the amount you bet and the respective odds — and others you may not quite get back to parity. However, hedging can end with you making a profit.

Hedging can be even more beneficial when you find differing odds from multiple sportsbooks. Dimers can help you here. We present the best odds in the United States and offers exclusive welcome offers to sign up and deposit. If you don’t like free money, this isn’t for you.

Friendly reminder: We provide you with odds from the most trusted sportsbooks in your state.

Shifting odds  

MMA odds are constantly changing within a fight, particularly if a fighter gets hot or their opponent is fading. Odds change based on fighting approach, momentum, and injuries, amongst other things. 

This can be hard to keep up with and that’s why we recommend you monitor Dimers’ live in-play probabilities during the game, and before you place any bet.

Our live technology — updating every 30 seconds — gives you real-time probabilities for betting the spread, total (over/under) and moneyline. 

The live matchup and probabilities of any UFC match can be accessed through the scorestrip at the top of the Dimers website, the Live Now section and even the MMA section in Bet Hub.


As mentioned, there are many factors which influence a quick change in odds during a UFC matchup. It is nice to consider some of these variables before placing your bets. 


  • Injuries (Fighters coming into the bout with an injury, or sustaining an in-game issue can affect moneyline particularly)
  • Momentum
  • Fighter’s previous fights 
  • Rivalries (Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor / Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier)

These variables should be kept in mind when live betting on MMA, and if used alongside our live probability calculator, you’re a chance to gain a leg up on your sportsbook.

UFC live betting represents one of the best ways to capitalize on great odds sportsbooks may have slept on. Give it a try whilst using Dimers’ in-play probabilities and best odds — via our MMA Bet Hub — to give you the best opportunity at winning your Mixed Martial Arts picks!

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