MMA has a proud history in Colorado. Denver hosted UFC 1 in 1993, thanks to an absence of oversight committees, an empty stadium, and a legal loophole allowing bare-knuckle fights.
Anyone in the Rocky Mountain State who wants to dive deeper into their MMA heritage has the chance to bet on MMA matches, with CO’s newly launched sports betting market having kicked off May 1, 2020. Here’s what bettors need to know to get started.
Can Coloradans Bet On MMA Matches At Colorado Sportsbooks?
Yes, Colorado offers MMA lines at CO sportsbooks. UFC fights are probably the best-known MMA events, but there are plenty of others to bet on, too. Events like Submission Underground also feature in sportsbooks’ betting lines. There are no shortage of options for bettors to choose from.
Which MMA Bets Are The Most Popular?
Fans can place many kinds of MMA bets. Common bets include outcome bets, proposition bets, and futures bets. Just about every other sport has these same types of bets. But MMA includes unique bets that may interest fans.
Bettors may be confident that Conor McGregor will win his next UFC match. But how will he win? Will his next fight end in a knockout? Will the other guy submit? Maybe it’ll be so close that the judge will have to call it. Bets on the winning method add new layers to bets and unique twists to MMA matches.
Does The MMA Have Any Partnerships With Colorado Sportsbooks?
The MMA has no exclusive partnerships with Colorado sportsbooks. However, at the end of 2019, the UFC came out with its own betting software to sell to sportsbooks. The software gives sports betting operators real-time UFC data–for a fee, of course.
Live data is critical for live betting. Imagine the change in odds if Donald Cerrone had landed a few good hits on Conor McGregor instead of getting knocked out in 40 seconds. There’d be plenty of bettors trying to cash in on the underdog halfway through the match. Real-time data could be a massive opportunity for sportsbooks and bettors alike. Whether its use becomes widespread, however, remains to be seen.
How Popular Is MMA In Colorado?
All types of MMA have their devotees, but their popularity pales in comparison to hometown favorites like the Broncos, Rockies, and Nuggets. Of course, college football will stay on top, too. But anyone who enjoys spontaneous hockey fights will naturally be drawn to MMA. Fighting is more of a heart-pounding good time than a 90-minute soccer match.
Will All Sportsbooks Offer MMA Betting?
All sportsbooks will offer MMA betting. However, it’s unclear whether they’ll all offer live betting. Live betting only makes up 8% of UFC wagers, so it could remain a niche interest. However, DraftKings offers live betting, so at least one Colorado sportsbook offers it. Fans looking for live betting at a different sportsbook need to double check to see whether live betting is available. There’s no guarantee that every sportsbook will pay for live UFC data. Especially after most sports seasons have been delayed or canceled.
Where Can Coloradans Bet On MMA?
Three Takeaways For MMA Fans
MMA has a rich history in Colorado, and sports betting legalization marks its latest milestone. Here’s what pioneering Coloradans need to know about MMA betting:
- There are lots of different types of mixed martial arts–not just UFC matches.
- There are different ways to win a match–not just run-of-the-mill outcome bets.
- Live in-game betting may not be available at all sportsbooks.
Don’t miss out on the next fight. The next underdog could be the next big cash cow.