UFC expected to overtake boxing.
Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) is a mixed martial arts fighting league, which over the past twelve months has grown in popularity amongst gamblers online and off. According to Online gambling site, Bodog.com, UFC is about to overtake boxing in terms of online gambling revenues.
“The handle on mixed martial arts has been steadily growing over the past 2 years. 2007 will mark the first year that MMA handle will surpass boxing,” says Bodog.com's sportsbook manager. “In terms of betting handle, there's a larger amount of bettors when big name fighters are involved in the UFC event. The Jackson vs. Liddell main event accounted for two thirds of the entire handle for UFC 71, whereas Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz was responsible for only a third of the UFC 73 handle, with the Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fight and the other title fights combining for another 50%.”
“Amount of traffic we get continues to increase with each UFC fight,” said Justin Goff, an editor of the MMA betting blog. “The UFC and mixed martial arts have really taken America by storm and boxing seems to be getting left in the dust."
As UFC continues to push its way past boxing, boxing is still drawing a large amount of bettors when they have a major title fight. Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., which some say was the most anticipated bout in a long time, brought in huge revenues to the online sportsbooks. “The De La Hoya and Mayweather fight was the biggest handle we've ever seen for one fight. It was on par with a BCS championship game,” reports Bodog.com's sportsbook manager.