UFC Betting in Michigan

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the largest mixed martial arts promotion in the world, and home to the most exciting and skilled fighters around.

First launched in 1993, the UFC pits fighters with dramatically different styles against each other. Everything from boxing to wrestling, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing and even sumo has been represented in the UFC’s iconic octagon over the years.

Different fighters have dominated using various styles during the 25+ years of the sport’s history. One of the most fascinating elements of the sport is how the most effective styles are constantly evolving to deal with the counter-strategies developed to stop them.

Women’s bouts were introduced in 2013, and the UFC currently features 12 weight divisions: Women’s Strawweight, Women’s Flyweight, Women’s Bantamweight and Women’s Featherweight; Flyweight, Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight.

All bouts are governed by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. These were first officially set down by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board in 2001, and have been widely adopted since.

With the introduction of legal online gambling in Michigan, it’s now easy to bet on UFC fights directly from your computer or mobile device.

Is UFC Betting Legal in Michigan?

Michigan has licensed numerous online sportsbooks to operate within the Wolverine State, so legal betting in Michigan is easy when it comes to the UFC.

Provided you are aged 21+ and located within the state, UFC betting online is fully legal, and many different betting markets exist for UFC matches.

UFC Betting Markets

Ready to get started sports betting in Michigan? To develop a successful UFC betting strategy you need to know which betting markets are available.

Popular sports betting markets for the UFC include:


Simply, who will win? Watch out for the underdog, as UFC bouts can famously turn on a single strike!

Winning method

Will it be a KO, a submission, a TKO or a judges’ decision? Or could it even end in disqualification? Note that some sportsbooks will offer this wager independently, while others will require you to also pick a winner.

When the fight ends

Will it end in the first 3 rounds, will it go the distance, or will it even reach round 2?

A number of combination markets may also be available, such as:

  • Winner & Round (e.g. ‘McGregor to win in round 1’)
  • Winner, Method & Round (e.g. ‘McGregor to win in round 1 by KO’)
  • Method & Round (e.g. ‘submission in round 4’)

UFC Live Betting

Live betting (or ‘in-fight betting’) allows you to place wagers while a fight is taking place.

Being able to react in real time to fast-changing events happening in the octagon can be a game-changer when it comes to your UFC betting strategy. Plus, of course, it can also add extra excitement to the fight night experience if you’re at home watching on TV!

Some sportsbooks may also offer a cash out option. This is perfect if, for example, your chosen fighter is currently dominating but you sense they do not have what it takes to see the fight out. Cashing out before the fight ends can effectively insure a portion of your winnings against a last-gasp turnaround or ugly surprise.

The Most Famous UFC Fighters

In almost 30 years, the UFC has produced some truly epic champions. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous and successful fighters ever to have graced the octagon.

Conor McGregor

The notorious Mr McGregor holds the record for fastest victory in the UFC (13 seconds, versus José Aldo), as well as being the first fighter to hold titles in 2 weight divisions at once (Featherweight and Lightweight). A star attraction like no other, he has fought in 5 of the top 6 highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events.

Anderson Silva

The Spider holds the record for the longest reign of any UFC champion, dominating the Middleweight division from 2006 to 2013 with a record 16 consecutive victories. A renowned stand-up fighter and known as one of the most effective strikers in the sport, many have called Silva one of the greatest ever practitioners of mixed martial arts.

Jon Jones

Arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Jones was the UFC’s youngest ever champion when he defeated Mauricio Rua at the age of just 23. An unorthodox but incredibly effective fighter, Jones’ career has involved numerous controversies. His fight with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC165 is considered to be one of the greatest ever.

Ronda Rousey

A former Olympian, Rousey was the UFC’s first female champion, defeating Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. Known for her fast victories and effective grappling style, Rousey was voted the greatest female athlete of all time in a 2015 ESPN poll. As well as her accomplishments in the UFC, Rousey has enjoyed notable success in judo, professional wrestling and acting.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

The Eagle dominated the Lightweight division, holding the title from 2018 until his retirement in 2021. In fact, it wasn’t until his first title defence (vs. Conor McGregor) that Nurmagomedov had even lost a round in a UFC fight. Using a relentless grappling style based on the Soviet martial art sambo, the Russian’s undefeated record of 29-0 includes 19 victories by KO or submission.

Randy Couture

The Natural was a three-time UFC Heavyweight champion, making his debut back at UFC 13, and holds the record for the oldest fighter to have won a championship fight. His trilogy of fights with Chuck Liddell have been credited as helping to bring the UFC to mainstream attention.

Georges St-Pierre

The fourth fighter in UFC history to claim titles in multiple weight divisions, the Canadian known as ‘Rush’ made his debut at UFC 46 and went on to hold the Welterweight and Middleweight crowns. Along with his versatility, one of his most notable strengths was his longevity: having dominated the Welterweight division for over a decade, St-Pierre returned from retirement to claim the Middleweight title over 15 years after his first Welterweight Championship.

Kamaru Usman

After bursting onto the UFC scene in 2015 with his victorious showing on season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter, Kamaru Usman has made short work of the professional competition as well. A former Welterweight Champion, as of October 2022, Usman sat #4 in the UFC’s pound for pound rankings, and #1 in the welterweight rankings, despite not currently holding the welterweight title.

Daniel Cormier

Though current UFC fans will know Cormier more for his work in the announcer’s booth than the octagon, make no mistake, this multi-time champion is one of the great mixed martial artists in history. Cormier was also one of the UFC’s earliest breakout stars, as he was just the second UFC fighter to hold titles in multiple weight classes (light heavyweight and heavyweight), and the first to successfully defend both of those cross-class titles. Cormier is also famous for his wrestling career, which has seen him represent the United States in the Olympics or World Championships six times.

Stipe Miocic

Born in Ohio, Miocic began his fighting career as a Division 1 wrestler and Golden Gloves Boxing champion, before graduating to the UFC in 2011. Since then, Miocic, a two-time UFC champion, has earned the reputation as the sport’s greatest ever heavyweight, due to a combination of success and longevity. At 40 years old, Miocic remains a highly competitive heavyweight contender, currently sitting at #14 overall in the pound for pound rankings, and #2 in the heavyweight class.

José Aldo

Recently retired, José Aldo is generally considered the greatest featherweight MMA fighter of all time. Prior to the UFC/WEC merger, Aldo competed in the WEC, where he began a ten-year unbeaten stretch that lasted from 2005 to 2015. This period included Aldo successfully defending his title a whopping seven times. Toward the end of his career, the Brazilian competed briefly in the bantamweight class, but will always be known primarily for his extraordinary tenure as a featherweight.

Demetrious Johnson

Although Demetrious Johnson currently fights for ONE Championship, the prolific flyweight is nonetheless one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time. Not only was Johnson the first ever UFC Flyweight Champion, the Kentucky native holds the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses, at 11, and well as the record for most successful takedowns in UFC history. Joe Rogan, a longtime UFC commentator and enormously successful podcaster, has famously gone on record with his opinion that Demetrious Johnson is the best MMA fighter of all time.

Amanda Nunes

Though Ronda Rousey was the first bonafide celebrity amongst female UFC fighters, Amanda Nunes has long since taken the mantle as the greatest female MMA champion of all time. Not only was the Brazilian born Nunes the third UFC fighter of any gender to hold multiple titles at once—Featherweight and Bantamweight, in Nunes’ case—she is the first female fighter to accomplish this feat, and the only UFC fighter, male or female, to defend titles in two weight classes while simultaneously holding both.

Chuck Liddell

Way back in 1998, Chuck Liddell made his professional debut at UFC 17. While the former Light Heavyweight Champion rarely graces top-10 lists of the greatest UFC fighters, Liddell has nonetheless made an enormous impact on the sport, as he and fellow light heavyweight Tito Ortiz were the UFC’s two biggest faces when it exploded in popularity in the mid-2000s. Though limited as a submission artist, Liddell’s extraordinary striking earned him a number of legendary UFC knockouts, including the right hook that took down Randy Couture at UFC 52 in 2005, earning Liddell his first Light Heavyweight Championship.

Top 20 Knockouts in UFC History

UFC History

The UFC was first dreamed up as a way to determine which was the most effective fighting style. With such diverse strategies on display, and the ever-present potential for a lightning-fast change of fortunes in the octagon, it has become an exciting sport to watch and can be profitable to bet on too.

As relatively new sport, the rules and format of UFC fights has changed over the years, notably moving from a tournament format to single fights in 1998, introducing 5-minute rounds in 1999, and opening the sport to female fighters in 2013.

The UFC has also expanded enormously over the past 20 years or so, acquiring many rival promotions such as Pride FC and Strikeforce, and eclipsing others such as Bellator. Events have been staged overseas in countries including the UK, Canada, Japan and China.

In 2016 the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa, sold the company to a consortium for a reported $4.025 billion.

Michigan has hosted UFC fights at three different venues. UFC 9 (1996) took place at Cobo Arena, UFC 123 (2010) at the Palace of Auburn Hills, and UFC 218 (2017) at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Future UFC bouts in Michigan would be likely to be held at Little Caesars Arena, with its capacity of over 15,000 providing an ideal location.


Can I bet parlays on UFC fights?

Parlays – or combination bets – are a great way of boosting your winnings as your odds are multiplied, so even betting favorites can be very profitable. With each fight card featuring multiple matchups, it’s possible to use parlays to bet on the winners of multiple fights on the same night. Betting on parlays in this way can increase your fun while watching the fights, as well as your winnings if you pick the right results!

Is there good value in betting on a ‘two-horse race’?

As with boxing or any combat sport, most money wagered on a UFC fight tends to go on the moneyline, e.g. who will win. UFC fights can often turn on a single mistake or moment of inspiration, with underdogs capable of springing surprises in every division. Therefore it’s possible to make big profits if you can identify an underdog with the potential to upset the odds.

Are there other fight promotions I can bet on in Michigan?

Numerous other promotions exist, including Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting which is headquartered in Detroit. However, UFC is the most high-profile promotion by far and others may not be widely available to wager on.

Are any current UFC fighters from Michigan?

There’s nothing like cheering on someone from your hometown, and the UFC currently features varous Michigan residents including former Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, Bantamweight Cody Stamann and the rising Light Heavyweight star Jamahal ‘Sweet Dreams’ Hill.