UFC fights are extremely popular to bet on. The UFC’s rise in popularity over the past several years, combined with sports betting going main stream in the United States, has resulted in UFC betting become very common across the US.
On this page I will outline the best online sportsbooks for Minnesota and Nebraska residents, look at the regulatory climate for sports betting in each state, touch on the different UFC bets you can make online, and provide 3 steps you can follow to place your UFC bets online.
Best UFC Betting Sites for Americans
- Built for American bettors
- Wide variety of competitive betting lines
- Easy to navigate betting platform
Bovada and BetOnline are our two top-rated betting sites for Americans looking to bet on the UFC online. These are the two most popular and trusted online sportsbooks serving the United States market.
Both Bovada and BetOnline accept players from Minnesota and Nebraska. For the remainder of this page I will be using Bovada.lv for the guide.
Sports Betting in Minnesota and Nebraska
It is not currently legal to operate a sportsbook in Minnesota or Nebraska. **The same is true for both North Dakota and South Dakota.
That said, as a bettor, you are able to place wagers through online betting sites that accept Americans, and are licensed and regulated outside of the United States. Both Bovada and BetOnline fall into this category.
In Minnesota a sports betting bill was circulated by lawmakers back in 2018. The bill would have authorized sports betting in the state and created a commission to oversee sports betting regulation, but no progress was made. Check out our Minnesota sports betting page to learn more about betting in the state.
In Nebraska voters approved some amendments to the state constitution in November of 2020. These changes will legalize “games of chance”. There is still some debate about whether the amendments include sports wagering, but the amendment does seem to be a step towards legalized sports betting in the Nebraska. That said, the state would still need to establish regulations and this could take some time.
UFC Betting Options
The most common UFC bet is simply wagering on which fighter will win.
Here’s an example of the ‘to win’ odds (also known as money line) for the Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz title fight from UFC 259:
In this example Israel Adesanya is the favorite with odds of -235. This means a $235 bet on Adesanya would win $100 (payout $335). Jan Blachowicz is the underdog with odds of +185, so a $100 bet on Blachowicz would win $185 (payout $285).
Bovada will also offer a few prop bets on fight day:
- Method of Victory – Bet on fight winner + how they win (knockout, submission, decision)
- Round Betting – Bet on fight winner + which round they win the fight in.
- Will Fight go the distance? – Bet on if the fight will go to a decision.
Here’s a screenshot of the method of victory odds for Adesanya vs Blachowicz to show you an example:
Check out our UFC betting guide for a further breakdown of these betting options.
Bet On UFC in Minnesota or Nebraska – 3 Step Guide
Follow these three easy steps to get your UFC bets placed online from anywhere in Nebraska or Minnesota.
Step 1. Open a Bovada.lv Account
Click the above link and fill out the short overlay form on the home page to create your account.
Step 2. Deposit
Log into your new account and click on the ‘Deposit’ link. Select your preferred deposit method (Visa, MasterCard or bitcoin) and follow the instructions to make your deposit.
You can claim a 50% up to $250 first deposit bonus by selecting ‘Rewards’ on your account page (after making the deposit) and opting-in to the promotion.
Step 3. Place Your Bets
Go to the ‘Sports’ section of the Bovada website and select ‘UFC/MMA’ from the sports selection menu bar. The upcoming UFC fights will be shown at the top of the page.
Next, you should select the fighter you want to bet on, enter your bet amount, and click ‘Place Bets’ to lock in your wager.
Here’s an example showing the clicks to make a $200 bet on Demian Maia at UFC Brasilia.
That’s it. Ready to bet? Click here to visit Bovada.lv.