TAB to take betting on UFC

Mark Hunt. Photo / Getty Images.
Mark Hunt. Photo / Getty Images.

Betting on mixed martial arts has arrived in New Zealand just in time to catch the tail end of Kiwi star Mark Hunt's career.

TAB betting went live today, with the 41-year-old Hunt fighting former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir in Brisbane on Sunday.

The TAB has been trying to get MMA on board for a couple of years - a sport has to be ratified by Sport New Zealand if it is to join the TAB stable.

MMA has become the 33rd TAB sport, and the national federation will enjoy a pay out from the TAB -1% of turnover and 5% of profit.

There will be four categories of betting on MMA - head-to-head, method of victory, round of victory, and will the fight go the distance? Hunt has opened as the $1.55 favourite, with Mir paying $2.35.

- NZ Herald

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

Stats provided by

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf05 at 24 Apr 2017 13:11:29 Processing Time: 484ms