The UFC’s oldest champion Glover Teixeira meets the Czech samurai, Jiri Prochazka in the UFC 275 main event in what is best described as a clash of styles. In the co-main one of the most dominant UFC champions Valentina Shevchenko, puts her Flyweight title on the line when she faces Brazilian Talia Santos and Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk face off in a rematch which if it is even half the fight of their first encounter it is sure to entertain.
This will be the first UFC pay-per-view event to be held in Southeast Asia and should be one that entertains. We take a look at the two title fights and one other on the main card in this week’s UFC preview.
UFC 275 Betting Tips
Glover Teixeira vs Jiri Prochazka
Glover Teixeira has won three straight fights as an underdog on route to claiming the Light Heavyweight belt and comes into this bout once again as the underdog. Jiri Prochazka has really burst onto the scene ever since his debut knockout of Volkan Oezdemir in 2020. The former RIZIN champion has been fast-tracked to a title shot and while he has looked almost unstoppable in his brief UFC tenure there is a lot of questions he still has to answer.
He has never faced the calibre of jiu jitsu Teixeira brings to the table and his gas tank is slightly questionable, whereas the Brazilian’s cardio has always been a strength.
While I believe this could be anyone’s fight what I am confident of is this fight won’t be a long one. Both have clear routes to victory and I question both Prochazka’s wrestling and Teixeria’s chin so either way this should be over before the championship rounds. Teixeira by submission is tempting but I believe the play is the under 3.5 rounds.
Under 3.5 Rounds
$1.33 (4 Units)
Valentina Shevchenko vs Talia Santos
Every time Valentina Shevchenko steps into the Octagon she somehow keeps looking better. Shevchenko is a complete fighter and there really isn’t a weakness. She is undefeated since 2017 and has defended the belt six times, with four stoppage wins.
Talia Santos is a decent prospect but she gets this shot due to next to no contenders in the division, not due to her potential to cause a boil over. Santos has beat Joanne Wood and Roxanne Modafferi to earn a title shot, a little ridiculous if you ask me but here we are.
In 2019, Santos was beaten by the 12-9 Mara Romoro Borella who has lost all of her four bouts since.
Let UFC embedded convince you the upset is on but it really isn’t. Shevchenko can beat her anywhere and anyway she wants so back her to secure another big finish and put on an absolute clinic.
Shevchenko by KO/SUB
$2.10 (2 Units)
Ramazan Emeev vs Jack Della Maddalena
It is time to revel in the latest Aussie top prospect Jack Della Maddalena. I cannot believe people didn’t lose their collective minds with his UFC debut. He absolutely destroyed his opposition in Eternal before an impressive decision win on the Contender Series earnt him a UFC contract. In his debut he absolutely demolished Pete Rodriguez, stopping him in the first, in one of the best performances of the last 12 months.
Ramazan Emeev is a borderline top 15 fighter, with strong wrestling and while he is on a two-fight winning streak, he isn’t anything overly special.
I am so incredibly high on the Australian and I do not see him losing this fight so for mine this is his coming out fight to the wider international MMA audience.
Maddalena to win
$1.66 (5 Units)