How Many Rounds in UFC?

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Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for the UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Jun 29, 2023, 4:17 PM
  • Find out the number of rounds in the UFC.
  • 5 minutes is the duration of every round.
  • Main event bouts are contested in five rounds.

The UFC is by far the leading mixed martial arts organization or promotion in the world. They house an entire roster of the most talented fighters, giving the fans the most exciting bouts and an opportunity to bet through BetMGM’s online sportsbook

But how many rounds does the UFC have in every fight? Let’s have a look at how the Las Vegas-based promotion books it.

How Many Rounds in UFC?

Typically, a standard or regular UFC fight has three 5-minute rounds; however, a UFC title fight and the main event bout have two more rounds, which makes it a five 5-minute round match.

Additionally, there is a one-minute interval in-between rounds for the fighters.

How To Know if a Fight Is a Three-Rounder or a Five-Rounder?

A UFC fight that is slated in the early prelims, prelims and main card (except the main event) of a pay-per-view event or a fight night usually has three 5-minute rounds.

Meanwhile, the main event (regardless of a pay-per-view or fight night) and a title match are scheduled to have five 5-minute rounds. These two extra rounds in five-rounder fights could be maximized in UFC total round betting.

What Is the Total Duration of a UFC Fight?

There are two ways to determine how long a UFC fight is – a regular fight with three rounds lasts for 17 minutes, including the one-minute interval in-between rounds, while the title fights and main event bouts have 29 minutes in total, plus the one-minute break each round.

However, these durations only apply when the fight ends with a decision victory because it could be shorter, especially if a fighter finishes their opponent via TKO/KO or submission win.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.