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How does intuition interfere with UFC betting?

UFC fights are maybe the most exciting and fascinating events to watch when it comes to MMA competitions. There is so much heat, so much action and the atmosphere -whether you watch a fight live, you see it broadcasted on TV or you stream it on a sportsbook that offers UFC betting in Germany – is explosive.

It does not matter whether you get to see your favorite fighter fight against a big opponent or you get to simply see good fights in bouts that make everyone get off their seats. All it matters is that UFC fights are unique and they raise your adrenaline to the top.

From a betting angle now, UFC fights are equally impressive and fascinating. For bettors fight nights are always a good way to have greater fun while watching an event, engage with the fight, support their favored fighters and even back their favored athletes with their wagers. But above all, fight nights are perfect opportunities for punters to do what they love doing most – and that is betting to make profits.

UFC betting is really challenging. First of all because fights are volatile and everything can change quickly and second because bettors tend to base their decisions and choices on their ‘gut feelings’ and intuition, more than they do so on the basis of informed and stat-driven decisions. That is rather inevitable, since MMA as a sport is person-centered, which means that fans are centered around the fighters themselves.

In short, MMA is a sport where people get to love and follow fighters and so, they can’t easily detach from their feelings and emotions when they are called to make more rational decisions. And if we consider that betting decisions are said to be more effective when they are based on rational evaluations and when they are data-driven, then this creates challenges for those who are into UFC betting.

Intuition or ‘gut feelings’ are always -to some extent- present in our decisions. Even if we believe to have gotten a logical, rational choice, there is always some form of intuitive thinking or emotional interference in that choice. And this is not clear or explicit every time. In some cases, our intuitions prevail and influence our rational thinking, making us believe that what we have made is a purely logical, reasonable decision.

This is often the case in UFC betting. Many times, punters wager on a fighter to win a bout, not because they have done a thorough study of relevant data or because they have done a good statistical analysis, but because their emotions have gotten in the way. But the interesting thing is that they don’t realize that their choices were intuitive and emotional choices.

This has to do with the fact that people often rely on their intuition to pick up on complex cues and information around them and it is only through intuition that they do or do not make sense. The element of emotion is critical here.

While people think that they have rationally made a decision, in the end it is the intuition or the ‘gut feeling’ that has driven their decision, because it is this that has created meaning in all the available information.

So, what’s the role of intuition in UFC betting? Well, since bettors’ choices are frequently filtered by their intuition, their decisions are largely based on emotions, which is  -as we said earlier – unavoidable, given the nature of the sport.

But it should go as far as this. Bettors should not rely exclusively on their gut feeling when they want to place a wager on a bout, because if they recognize the emotional aspect as a dominant factor affecting their bets, then they will normally leave every bit of data, information and statistics out of the picture. And we all know by now that sports betting can and should be systematic and based on sophisticated analysis more than it should be based on emotions.

So, for those of you who love to bet on UFC fights, you should be really aware of the fact that every choice you make, always contains the element of intuition no matter how thoughtful, clear, conscious and explicit your approach has been on using data, info and statistics.

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