UFC Betting

UFC betting has only come into its own in recent times as society began to acknowledge and embrace something which hitherto a large percentage had seen as barbaric and unfitting of mainstream recognition. which is why for so long cage fighting - as it's colloquially known - remained very much an underground, almost clandestine sporting movement, going under many sports fan's radars; and therefore online bookmakers' up to that juncture turning a blind eye to its merits and UFC betting potential. But like most things seemingly infamous, notoriously wrong and essentially deemed off limits, the more they are shunned the more they are talked about, the more people can't access things the more they want to.

Of course all this hullabaloo centering around UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship to afford it it's full title) has effectively been manna from sports betting heaven for the leading internet bookies, some of whom were quicker than others to latch on to the one of the biggest new sports books to materialise for a generation. Paddy Power, Betfair, William Hill, Ladbrokes, SkyBet and Blue Square were amongst the first of our online bookmakers to take up the UFC betting fight so to speak, and offer all the very latest prices, odds and markets on individual competitors, specific bouts or upcoming tournaments wherever they are taking place in the world.

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Free Bets Good Way To Discover UFC Betting Opportunities

Again, and another way of building up your knowledge and skill set with UFC betting is to take advantage of the virtual bookmakers' free bets entitlements. This way you have a pot of money to play with as you learn the ropes of Betting on the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As you know, there are a gamut of interactive bookies out there proffering free bets which cover most sports within their online books. As a tip to start you off though we suggest backing the underdog in a UFC bout. Recent history has told us that nothing is beyond the realms of possibility in such a volatile, unpredictable sport where past heroes of the sport have been known to return to the cage and make a mockery of their pre-match odds.

These online bookies very much at the vanguard of UFC betting here in the UK have chosen to give fight betting punters the opportunity to wager on bouts and tournaments that have finally made the cross-over into the realms of what's a rapidly growing spectator sport. And where there's an audience, there's always the need for some betting action. UFC betting has expanded in line with the sport's manifestation here in Britain, where many high profile UFC events have already been staged, with London, Manchester and Belfast at the forefront of cage fighting proceedings and answering the public's demand for the sport to be both recognised and provided for over here. The UK now has its own representative in the UFC betting field too, in the shape of the Middleweight fighter who combines throws, punches, wrestling, karate and kick boxing to beat opponents into submission, Michael Bisping. Who along with the more celebrity-orientated (current Katie Price squeeze and former Hollyoaks' actor) Alex Reid are two names that automatically spring to mind when asked about the British cage fighting scene to the uninitiated.

UFC History – A Brief Introduction

So just what is it, and what's all the fuss about? Well to the casual observer it readily appears as a no rules fighting free for all, where the combatants go hell for leather against each other using any physical means necessary to overwhelm their equally as resourceful opponent. Within the confines of a cage. With similarities between the nucleus of the 1995 movie 'Fight Club' pretty much evident – especially the mantra; First rule of Fight Club: What happens in Fight Club, stays in Fight Club – whereby Brad Pitt's character would arrange and participate in bouts of illegal hand to hand, street fighting away from public view, at first glance the core components of UFC appear strikingly familiar. However it's only when you strip away the negative PR and unsightly connotations that UFC critics all too willingly associate with the fast emerging sport that you see the truth couldn't be further removed from the myth.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship draws its influence, its inspiration if you like from the broad-ranging world of mixed martial arts, and as such is considered a branch or very high profile specialism of the global remit of the MMA organization as such. Like most things that are initially frowned upon and/or ridiculed (yet always end up winding their ways across the Atlantic sooner or later), UFC originated in America back in 1993 and its registration as a sport, commercial rights and governing powers are controlled by casino moguls, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta according to respected sources.

Starting out at its spiritual home of Denver, Colorado in 1993, UFC adopted the rudimentary principles and basic rules of the Brazilian contact sport that relies heavily on unarmed combat known as Vale tudo. In its most primitive form UFC evokes memories of fight bouts that were staged in Brazilian circuses during the 1920s, referred to as booth fighting in a Japanese-American Courier in 1928 and heavily associated with the underlying ethos of Vale tudo and its teachings. Vale tudo incidentally is the Portuguese phrase which literally translated means 'anything goes' and lends a very real application to the fundamentals of UFC as its become today.

Ultimate Fighting Championship - In The Beginning

In practice though UFC is an incredible skilled discipline that requires dedication, commitment and a raw talent, which was borne out of a Brazilian family of martial artists called the Gracies who had a vision to travel to America and take on the all comers with their version of Jui-Jitsu. It was their blending of conventional martial art aspects and rolling it into the one ultimate, explosive fighting package that characterises the UFC as it is today. Royce Gracie - representing his brethren's unorthodox fighting style - brought heavyweight boxers, kung fu masters, wrestlers and kick boxers to their knees by any means possible, yet instrumentally applying the aforementioned fighting codes into his unseen art which at times would prove ugly to behold. Which might explain why some opposed to the sport wished that it had remained outlawed as it fought to establish itself in America, where many considered it little more than a unsavoury portrayal and promotion of violence and brutality, with comparisons made to the illegal and medieval betting sport known as cock-fighting.

Things have changed and changed quickly though, as UFC fighting has careered headlong into the public domain for a number of accountable reasons. Realising the sport had to perhaps compromise some of its more controversial issues and rules (or rather lack of) if it were to achieve its potential and goal of being accepted in the mainstream sports arena (at least in America, yet with ambitious plans to roll out the concept across the globe), the sports governing body tightened up procedures, developed stricter rules and protocol and attempted to re-brand and market UFC as a more legitimate sporting event, knowing that it's huge underground following could and should snowball once it was welcomed by one and all.

Putting pay to the 'no holds barred' badge of honour that had previously followed UFC from its inception and instead flagging up the banner of mixed martial arts, the UFC denounced its more anti-establishment past, shook off the shackles of political isolation and was thrust into the lucrative arena of pay-per-view television as a result of being accepted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Contrary to popular belief, UFC did operate within the boundaries and safety guidelines of a few cursory rules from its outset, not least the ones that stipulated no biting and no eye gouging, however there was always grey areas when it came to equally less salubrious ways in which to ensure your opponent submitted. Although as of now the following is a list of the predominant fouls and include, hair pulling, head-butting, groin strikes, fish-hooking, small joint manipulation, hitting the spine, back of the head and throat, striking downward with the elbow, clawing, pinching or twisting the skin, kicking, kneeing or stomping on the head of a grounded opponent, spitting, using abusive language and attacking opponents during breaks. What's more, showing timidity or avoiding contact with an opponent or faking an injury are also severely punished by the UFCs governing body.

The Ultimate Fighter TV Reality Show Alerted Bookies Of UFC Betting Potential

Despite the best efforts by all parties to infiltrate the mainstream sporting arena in America the owners of the UFC franchise as it were still had massive debts from previous attempts to bankroll the concept at different junctures and getting broadcasters on board, and faced up to the prospects of folding in 2005. however the retrospective master-stroke of devising a reality TV show (The Ultimate Fighter) based around up-and-coming MMA fighters – participating for a shot at the prize of a six figure UFC contract should they win the televised contest outright – marked the undoubted turning point of the fortunes of UFC per se, setting about a chain of events that see the mixed martial arts sports going from strength to strength.

A series of take-overs of the UFCs rival fight licensing and tournament promoters around the world cemented their position in the mixed martial arts world order, and in 2008 the UFC sealed two very lucrative sponsorship deals - with Harley Davidson and Budweiser Light - alongside negotiating TV rights deals with broadcasters in China, France, Mexico and Germany, whilst agreeing to open revenue streams with UFC video game software providers and manufacturers who wanted to produce UFC action figures for a now burgeoning merchandising spin-off market.

UFC Rules Explained

Anyway, to the UFC rules and regulation, and a bite-size look at what's what. Every UFC round (within the context of individual fights) is no longer than 5 minutes in duration. Title bouts sustain five rounds in total, while non-title matches require three rounds. A 1 minute rest period comes into effect between rounds. In terms of weight divisions, the UFC practices five weight classes; Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight, although there are an additional four weight divisions according to Unified Rules that the UFC doesn't presently front; namely Flyweight, Bantamweight, Featherweight and Super Heavyweight.

The cage to which people still refer to as not as primeval as you might think. In reality it's a octagonal perimeter enclosure comprising of metal chin-link fencing (standing approx 5' 7” high) coated with black vinyl, and typically measures 32 feet in diameter, which in itself sits atop a raised platform for optimum spectator viewing pleasure. Adorned with sponsorship logotypes and artwork, a mat forms the interior centrepiece of 'The Octagon' and is replaced after each UFC event.

When it comes to equipment, or kit bag rather, fighters must abide by the letter of the UFC law, which means wearing approved shorts and light-weight open-fingered gloves which provide padding around the knuckle circumference, yet no shoes, shirts or long pants. And then there's the whys and where fors of submission, which to cut a long story short is instigated the moment a contestant taps on the mat or his opponent, or otherwise verbally announce their intentions to retire. A knockout occurs at the time when a fighter falls from a legally-administered blow and is either rendered unconscious or cannot continue with immediate effect. There are of course all manner of technical knockouts which are reliant on the advice and split second discretion of either the official match referee, ringside doctor or the combatant's own corner man. The judges decision - if a clear winner isn't perceived - can be awarded as either unanimous (by all three of the conventional UFC judging panel), a majority or a split decision, or a unanimous draw, majority draw or split draw.

What's commonplace in UFC rulings is the ten-point system, whereby three judges score each round, and ten points are awarded to the victor of each individual round. If the contest is deemed even, then each fighter collects the maximum 10 points. American and Brazilian fighters dominate the worldwide UFC hall of honours, both past and present, with Heavyweight Brock Lesnar and Lightweight B.J Penn recent UFC title defenders, and Brazilian pair Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva successfully retaining their Light Heavyweight and Middleweight belts respectively.