Bellator MMA has established itself as the second best MMA promotion, next to the UFC, over the past several years. High profile signings such as Cris Cyborg, Ryan Bader, Gegard Mousasi, Lyoto Machida, Yoel Romero and Anthony Johnson have allowed Bellator to maintain interest among MMA fans and given the promotion the ability to push some big names on high qualify fight cards.
I personally enjoyed watching Rory MacDonald compete in the promotion over the past several years, and even though he’s moved on to fight in PFL, the quality of fights put on by Bellator was impressive and I will definitely stick around to watch their events featuring some of their new high profile talent.
With some of the discontent among fighters in the UFC and some of these big names coming over to Bellator, this is a very interesting time to be an MMA fan because we really have a few promotions that can put on great cards throughout the year, so there are always fights to watch.
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Bellator Betting Options
The main two MMA bets that the sportsbooks offer for every Bellator fight are which fighter will win, and an over/under on total rounds. The higher profile fights such as Ryan Bader vs Lyoto Machida for example, will also feature many prop bets that you can wager on. Here’s a bit more detail on the two main betting options:
This is the type of bet you’ll most likely be looking to make if you’re interested in betting on Bellator online. You simply select which fighter you think will win the bout and if that fighter wins, whether it’s via KO, TKO, submission or decision, you win your bet.
Here’s an example using the odds from the Machida vs Bader fight from Bellator 256:
From Sports Interaction:
As you can see from the odds, Ryan Bader is a favourite in this fight. You can also see that the odds vary slightly between SIA and Bodog. This is another reason why it’s always smart to have multiple betting accounts online, so that you can make sure you get the best return on each bet.
In this example, Bodog.eu offers slightly better odds on both fighters, but it will often be the case that you find better odds on one of the fighters at SportsInteraction.com, and the other fighter at Bodog. Always compare odds between betting sites when placing bets on Bellator fights in order to ensure you get the best return on your wager.
The other bet you will usually be able to place on Bellator fights is over/under round betting. Here’s an example from the Lyoto Machida vs Ryan Bader fight from SportsInteraction.com.
In this example the over/under is set at 3.5 rounds. This example is using a 5-round main event fight. If you think the fight will end in the first 3.5 rounds you should bet the under. If you think the fight will either go to a decision or the finish will take place after 3.5 rounds then you should bet the over.
For the very high profile fights (Bader, Machida, Romero, Johnson, etc.) the sportsbooks will also likely offer prop bets such round betting or method of victory props. To find these bets simply click on the drop down menu beside any Bellator fight to see the entire list of betting lines available.