The UFC continues a crazy series of PPV events with another featuring multiple title fights. Last month, Charles Oliveira outclassed Justin Gaethje to retain the lightweight strap and Carla Esparza won the women’s strawweight championship from Rose Namajunas in Phoenix, Arizona. Now the promotion is heading to Asia for UFC 275 in Kallang, Singapore.

The main event sees 42-year-old light heavyweight champion Glove Teixeira put his title on the line against hard-hitting Jiri Prochazka. Teixeira completed his career revival in 2021 by stopping Jan Blachowicz to win the 205-pound title for the first time. He had only challenged for the title once in his decade-plus inside the Octagon, losing to Jon Jones in 2014 by decision. Prochazka, meanwhile, will be making just his third Octagon appearance after a storied career at Rizin and other regional promotions in Europe.

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Just below the main event, two female fights are in the spotlight. Flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko looks to extend her unbeaten streak in the division when she welcomes her new challenge in Talia Santos. The pound-for-pound champion has looked unstoppable since coming down in 2018 with no opponent coming close to beating her. Plus, a pair of former strawweight division champions reunite to run arguably the best women’s MMA fight ever when Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk meet.

With so much going on Saturday night, let’s take a closer look at the full fight card with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook before we get to our staff’s predictions and picks for the PPV portion of the festivities.

UFC 275 fight card, odds

  • Jiri Prochazka -200 vs. Glover Teixeira (c) +170, Light Heavyweight Championship
  • Valentina Shevchenko (c) -625 vs. Taila Santos +450, Women’s Flyweight Championship
  • Zhang Weili -165 vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk +140, women’s strawweight
  • Andre Fiahlo -145 vs. Jake Matthews +120, welterweight
  • Jack Della Maddalena -160 vs. Ramazan Emeev +135, welterweight
  • Seung Woo Choi -240 vs. Joshua Culibao +200, featherweight
  • Brendan Allen -300 vs. Jacob Malkoun +240, middleweight
  • Steve Garcia -170 vs. Hayisaer Maheshate +145, lightweight
  • Batgerel Danaa -135 vs. Kang Kyung-ho +115, bantamweight
  • Silvana Juarez -140 vs. Na Liang +120, women’s strawweight
  • Joselyne Edwards -175 vs. Ramona Pascual +150, Women’s Bantamweight

With such a massive main event, the CBS Sports team went ahead with predictions and picks for the main card. Here are your selectors: Brent Brookhouse (combat sports writer), Brian Campbell (combat sports writer, “Morning Kombat” co-host), Shakiel Mahjouri (writer), Michael Mormile (producer) and Brandon Wise (content writer). chief).

UFC 275 Picks, Predictions

Teixeira (c) against Prochazka Teixeira Prochazka Teixeira Teixeira Prochazka
Shevchenko (c) against Santos Shevchenko Shevchenko Shevchenko Shevchenko Shevchenko
Zhang vs. Jedrzejczyk Zhang Zhang Zhang Jedrzejczyk Zhang
Fialho v Matthews fialho fialho Failho fialho Matthew
Maddalena vs Emeev Magdalene Magdalene Magdalene Magdalene Magdalene
Records to date (2022) 11-13 12-12 10-14 14-10 14-10

Teixeira vs. Prochazka

Campbell: To be fair, the combination of Texiera’s age and Prochazka’s destructive power means the 42-year-old defending champion will never really be comfortable as long as his light heavyweight title tilt lasts. But that doesn’t mean that Prochazka isn’t beatable. In fact, the Czech slugger is so unorthodox – and often reckless – in his approach that he regularly takes heavy damage to land and is no stranger to technical errors. It could turn out to be Kryptonite for Prochazka against someone as effective as this version of Teixeira. If the champ is able to take this fight to the ground, it’s not impossible for the fight to end the same way it did when Teixiera relieved Jan Blachowicz of his title in 2021. Texieira will have to go through hell at times, which That’s why he’s the underdog in betting. But from a skill versus skill standpoint, it’s a fight he can win.

Stream: Doubting Texiera is a stupid thing to do at this point. And, given that I picked him to beat Blachowicz, it would be somewhat dishonest to think that he has suddenly “aged” since that fight. Texiera is a man who defies logic in this way. Prochazka is a force of nature, however. He hits hard and he hits from angles that often don’t make sense. Yes, that means he often makes mistakes that could cost him dearly in a fight against a crafty veteran. But it looks like Prochazka is such an overwhelming force when his attack starts that I imagine the champ is going to have a hard time keeping up.

Shevchenko v Santos

Campbell: As a 4-1 underdog, Santos enjoyed the closest odds to any of Shevchenko’s seven title contenders and has the type of all-round play that makes her a fresh and interesting challenge for the team. impressive reign of the champion. What Santos seems to lack, however, is that dominant skill capable of fueling an upset. The reason it matters is that the Brazil native isn’t fighting a regular champion either, she’s fighting someone in Shevchenko who is the closest thing today to a flawless perfect fighter, especially when competing at his natural weight of 125 pounds.

Wise: Like most elite champions, it’s incredibly difficult to predict when the downfall will come. Nobody saw Julianna Pena score a shocking submission win over Amanda Nunes last year, and most didn’t see Holly Holm destroy Ronda Rousey en route to winning gold. And given how dominant Shevchenko has been, it’s hard to see anyone on the current roster ending this run. Things are happening and fighters are getting nights off, but “Bullet” is just too adept in all departments to allow Santos to score said anger – even if the odds suggest so.

Zhang vs. Jedrzejczyk

Campbell: The main question in this second installment of the biggest women’s action fight in UFC history is which fighter enters the rematch as the freshest fighter. Zhang is two years younger than Jedrzejczyk at 32, but has fought twice since they first met in 2020 and lost them both to Rose Namajunas, including one by knockout in the first round. But even though Jedrzejczyk looks refreshed from her free time, it is Zhang who has noticeably added to her game in the meantime, including a deeper commitment to wrestling shown in her loss to Namajunas. Something has to give in this scheduled three-round rematch. And the fact that Zhang simply has more ways to win than Jedrezjeczyk (while also being the bigger striker of the two) could be the difference.

Stream: While Jedrzejczyk has been on the sidelines since the first fight between the two, Zhang is training for high profile fights with Rose Namajunas. Considering Zhang already had a slight advantage two years ago, it’s hard to imagine the highly visible improvements in his game giving him a much stronger advantage the second time around. Jedrzejczyk is something of a mystery coming as we just don’t know what to expect, if the time off has helped her or if she’s going to be rusty against a dangerous and highly skilled fighter. It’s too many questions for me and it darkens things towards Zhang.

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