August is always a quiet month for MMA because July has so many UFC events that we usually get a break before the UFC regroups for the packed Autumn / Winter schedule. August is the calm before the storm; and then from early September until the end of January, we have a UFC event almost every weekend.
With only two UFC events in the whole of August you might be itching to place some bets on UFC Fight Night 135, but I don’t think it’s a good idea. I’ve spent a lot of time researching this event over the last couple of weeks and after agonising over a few fights I have decided it is best to pass on prefight bets.
efore starting this Football Betting Challenge, I had no idea how we were going to do. I made it clear in the Chat Room and also on Twitter that we would probably end up losing everything. Since then I’ve made around £4000 profit betting on the World Cup, and we’ve also made a profit on the first two weeks of the new domestic season. It’s still early days, but I am becoming increasingly confident that Football Betting is very easy to profit from compared to MMA.
Football Betting is notoriously difficult at the start of a new season because we don’t know how new players are going to gel and we don’t know what improvements teams have made in the offseason. It’s going to be at least four or five games before we start to get a read on how these Premier League teams matchup against each other. The good news is that it should get easier and easier to make money each week.
Despite the challenges that come with betting early season games, we still managed to go 3-2 on pregame bets for a total profit of $330. Unfortunately, we took some losses in Live Betting which left us with an overall profit of just $90 for Gameweek 1.
Over the last 4 years, we have made hundreds of thousands of dollars Live Betting on the UFC. This money has enabled me to become a Professional Gambler, and I know that many of you reading this now earn more money from Gambling than you earn from your day job. I know of at least 3 people in our community who have been able to quit their jobs and Gamble full-time.
For the longest time now, everything has been sweet in our community, but nothing ever lasts forever, and now we face a genuine threat to our future. BT Sport recently lost the broadcasting rights to the UFC in the UK to a new company called Eleven Sports. This puts our future ability to earn money Live Betting on the UFC in jeopardy.
This week I’ve been busy researching PFL 5 and Dana White’s Contender Series, but now that those events are done, I turn my attention to UFC 227. Over the next couple of days, I will be working really hard to try and uncover some decent bets so that we can continue our winning run. We have now made a profit on the last 4 consecutive events from our prefight bets, and I am determined to make it 5 in a row.
After a rocky start to July, some big underdog bets have helped us to get back on track, and we’re now slightly in profit for the month. UFC on FOX 30 is the last major MMA event in July, and it looks excellent for betting. This gives us a solid opportunity to finish the month strong and set ourselves up for a big end to the year.
UFC on FOX 30 is one of those events where I see a lot of potential betting opportunities. For this reason research for this card is going to take much longer than usual. I always like to be sure before I pull the trigger on a fighter. This means I will often go back and watch fights two or three times before making a decision. For this reason, I would prefer to prioritize research this week over writing breakdowns. As ever, once my research is complete I will go back and add breakdowns for each of the bets. This is one of those weeks where I need to try and get through the fights as fast as possible before the odds decline, but I also need to take my time so that I don’t make any mistakes.
Please don’t hesitate to speak to me in the Chat Room if you’d like to talk about any of these bets in more detail.
The inaccurate odds that we have seen on many fights recently has led me to believe that Bookies are simply not doing their homework at the moment. This lazy oddsmaking has enabled us to win several big underdog bets over the last couple of months.
The recent epidemic of inaccurate odds has prompted me to research tonight’s Dana White’s Contender Series, and it didn’t take me long to find another excellent value underdog bet. However…
I will warn you that this bet is very similar to the bet we lost last weekend at UFC Fight Night 134 on Khalid Taha to beat Nad Narimani. I still believe Taha was a solid bet at those odds, but those kinds of bets are always a gamble. I want to make it clear to you that the guy we are going to bet tonight also has holes in his game that his opponent could potentially exploit. There are also several unanswered questions surrounding him which could see him struggle.
If you don’t like to lose, you might want to sit this one out. This is a calculated gamble…
Since PFL launched a few months ago, we have consistently seen inaccurate odds which have resulted in big underdogs winning on every event. Just last month we hit a big underdog bet on Sean O’Connell to beat Ronny Markes at PFL 2.
I have spent a lot of time researching the first 4 PFL events, and I firmly believe that the bookies are not doing their homework when setting the betting odds on PFL fights. I am almost sure that they are Wikicapping these fights based on the win/loss records of each fighter. This presents us with a golden opportunity to make money because fights are not fought on paper, they are fought in a cage.
Bad judging defined last week’s results in both prefight and Live Betting, so let’s take a look into the current state of MMA judging and figure out where we go from here.
Our prefight bet on Eddie Wineland looked to be in good shape as he dropped Alejandro Perez in round 1 and did an excellent job in rounds 2 and 3 of controlling the center of the Octagon. Rounds 2 and 3 were very close, and I personally have no problem with you scoring that fight for Perez, but I do have a massive problem with the circumstances surrounding the scoring of this fight. Let me explain…
July is the busiest month of the year for MMA and this weekend is no exception with three major MMA events taking place. On Friday night we have Bellator 202, then on Saturday night, we have Bellator 203 and UFC Fight Night 133. This weekend is also extra busy from a betting perspective because this is the first time in a long time where we can bet on Bellator Prelim fights as well as the main card.
Before jumping into the fights this weekend, I want to take some time to reflect on our results from last weekend. If you’ve been a member of the community for a long time, you will know that big PPVs tend to be our Kryptonite. I briefly spoke about it last week, but for some unknown reason, there tends to be much more variance on the big UFC events. I am looking forward to getting back to our bread and butter this weekend with a low profile Fight Night card.