Over the past decade, professional mixed martial arts – known as MMA – has taken the world by storm. Exponential growth in its popularity has soared the sports viewership ratings as the fan base becomes stronger each year.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is MMA’s top promotion, and alongside its rise in popularity, the sports betting markets for the sport are additionally receiving a chunk of this traction. As the United States has witnessed a nationwide spread of legalized mainstream sports wagering over the last twelve months, the two have gelled together as UFC betting is now extremely common in the U.S.
However, not every U.S. state has launched physical bookmakers or online sportsbooks, including the state of Minnesota. What does this mean for UFC fans in Minnesota who want to get in on the action?
Minnesota Sportsbooks Will Launch in 2023
There is officially no domestic or online sports betting in; despite a sports betting bill circulating since 2018 in Minnesota, the state has been one of the slowest at pushing legalized sports wagering through the courts.
The good news is that as of February 2022, Sen. Roger Chamberlain presented a proposal to legalize physical and online sports betting, and the bill was approved. With that said, time is still the enemy of avid Minnesota sports betting enthusiasts. So before the North Star State can see the likes of FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars, or DraftKings provide betting services legally and locally, residents could be waiting another 6-12 months.
So, Can I Bet On UFC In Minnesota Now?
The short answer is yes.
Minnesota has no laws prohibiting offshore sportsbooks, and the federal government has no U.S. gambling laws in place that prevent Minnesotans from utilizing bookmakers outside of the country that accepts American residents.
Whilst it’s not legal to operate an online sportsbook in Minnesota, there are no laws preventing citizens from registering with online betting websites that accept Americans and most of them are licensed and regulated but outside of the U.S.
Most offshore sportsbooks are tarnished with the ‘grey market’ slogan, and often they’ll be referred to as ‘untrustworthy’ – and while this is true in some cases -, the top offshore bookmakers such as BetOnline have built an excellent reputation in supplying American nationals with the opportunity to wager on sports.
How To Bet On UFC In Minnesota: A Quick Guide
- First, you want to find a licensed offshore operator with the best reviews. I’d suggest using Google and begin by reviewing the top-rated offshore sportsbooks.
- Once you’ve found a desirable sportsbook, you’ll want to deposit some money. Most bookies are going to give you a choice of promotions; my personal favorite is the matched deposit – the amount you deposit you’ll receive in free bets.
- Finally, you can begin selecting your favorite UFC fighters to wager on. Once you’ve found the UFC page from the sports tab, locate the odds that suit you and heighten your weekend MMA viewing with a bit of betting action on the side.
UFC Betting Choices
Most commonly, you’ll find bettors flocking to the moneyline market, and this is deciding on which fighter you want to win. If Israel Adesanya is -160 to defeat Alex Pereira +140, a $160 bet in favor of the UFC middleweight champion will return $100. Those living on the edge may want to back Pereira; his underdog price of +140 would return $140 profit from a $100 stake.
Moneyline wagers or straight-up bets, however, aren’t the only choice.
You can raise the odds you bet on quite dramatically by predicting more precise outcomes; this is where the brave play – the prop bets.
Betting on the method of victory is selecting which fighter you believe will win, but also how he’ll accomplish the victory (knockout, submission, or decision.)
Round betting offers lucrative odds if you can predict which round the fighter will end the fight.
And another fan favorite is the over/under, or fight to go the distance? Over 1.5 or 2.5 rounds, maybe 4.5 if it’s the main event. If you like your chances of predicting how long a fight will or will not last, this UFC betting market is for you.