Two UFC belts will be on the line when the promotion heads to the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday night ( U.S. time ) for UFC 275.

In the main event, UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira stakes his belt against no. 1 contender Jiri Prochazka. The bout will mark Teixeira’s first defense of the belt he won against Jan Blachowicz last October. Meanwhile, Prochazka is fast-tracked to a title shot after back-to-back KO wins over former title challengers Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes.

The UFC’s most dominant champion, Valentina Shevchenko will make the 7th defense of the UFC women’s flyweight belt against Taila Santos. Santos is the first of the new breed of fighters in the UFC to get a shot at Shevchenko. In the third fight of the evening, former strawweight champions Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will fight in a rematch.

Let’s take at the UFC 275 main card and make our predictions.

“Fighting" Glover Teixeira vs Jiri Prochazka

Glover Teixeira is the current UFC light heavyweight champion. The now 42-year-old Teixeira became the second-oldest fighter to become UFC champion when he defeated Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267. Teixeira looked like he was on his way down when he posted a modest 5-5 record from 2014 to 2018. But he has found a second wind and has won six fights in a row, including five via stoppage.

The Brazilian is 33-7 with 18 knockouts and 10 submission wins. He stands 6-2 tall with a reach of 76 inches and is an orthodox fighter.

Jiri Prochazka is the UFC’s no. 1 ranked light heavyweight challenger. The 29-year-old Czech fighter was the inaugural Rizin FF light heavyweight champion and also the inaugural Czech GCF light heavyweight champion. He joined the UFC in 2020 and is 2-0 with two violent first-round stoppages inside the UFC Octagon.

Prochazka has an overall record of 28-3 with 25 knockouts and two submission victories. He is 6-3 tall with a reach of 80 inches and fights from the orthodox stance.

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Glover’s title-winning performance against Blachowicz was one for the ages. You have to give your props to him for being able to return to the top after losing decisively to Jon Jones in his previous title shot way back in 2014. Most fighters would have faded into the sunset but Teixeira has risen from the ashes and is now on top of the 205-pound mountain. But here comes Prochazka

Prochazka has taken the UFC by storm and has knocked out a pair of former title challengers in his last two bouts. Given how venomous he has been with his fists, we haven’t seen much of the entire package so far, because he has not needed most of them yet. He will, against a crafty veteran like Teixeira. My mind tells me that Prochazka is just going to run over Teixeira here but my heart says Teixeira survives the early onslaught and takes the fight down where he submits Prochazka. I’d love to see Glover win but the odds and Father Time is against him.

Prediction: Jiri Prochazka

“Fighting" Valentina Shevchenko vs Taila Santos

Valentina Shevchenko is the reigning UFC women’s flyweight champion. The 34-year-old Peruvian-Krgyzstani fighter won the belt by defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231. Since then, she has successfully defended the title six times, doing so in a dominant fashion. A former multiple-time Muay Thai and kickboxing champion, Valentina is one of the best mixed martial artists of all time.

Bullet is 22-3 with 8 knockouts and seven submission wins. She is listed at 5-5 tall with a reach of 66 inches and fights out of the southpaw stance.

Taila Santos is the no.4 ranked flyweight contender in the UFC. The 28-year-old Brazilian started her career in her native country and won the Aspera FC women’s bantamweight championship. Santos joined the UFC via the Contender Series Brazil 2 show where she defeated Estefani Almeida to earn a UFC contract. After losing her UFC debut against Mara Romero Borella, Santos has won four in a row including a submission victory against Joanne Calderwood in her most recent bout.

Santos is 19-1 with 10 knockouts and three submission wins. She stands 5-6 tall with a reach of 68 inches and fights out of the orthodox stance.

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This one’s the easiest to pick although it may not be the best one to wager on. Shevchenko is yet another massive betting favorite in a weight class that she has dominated since coming over. I mean no one has really come close to beating Shevcehnko at flyweight and Santos doesn’t look like the one who can change that.

Santos is the first of the new breed of female flyweights to get a title shot. She’s younger, hungrier, and may be durable enough to withstand a beating and create a surprise in the late rounds. But then again we have not seen anything from Valentina that will make us take Santos at the huge plus money. I think the best wager to make is whether Santos goes the distance or not. I’m not sure about that. But I’m surer than sure Valentina wins again

Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko

“Fighting" Zhang Weili vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Zhang Weili is a former UFC women’s strawweight champion. The 32-year-old from China is currently the no. 2 ranked strawweight contender in the UFC. Zhang is a former Kunlun Fight women’s strawweight champion and Top FC strawweight titleholder. She joined the UFC in 2018 and after winning her first three UFC bouts, she challenged Jessica Andrade for the belt at UFC Fight Night 157. Zhang knocked out Andrade to become champion, then defeated Joanna Jdrzejczyk in her first title defense. Back-to-back losses to Rose Namajunas took the belt away from her.

Magnum is 21-3 with 10 knockouts and seven submission wins. She is a switch hitter who is 5-4 tall with a reach of 63 inches.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk is one of the most decorated female combat sports fighters ever. The 34-year-old from Poland is a former multiple-time Muay Thai and kickboxing champion. She joined the UFC in 2014 and won the strawweight belt in her third bout. She made five successful title defenses before yielding the belt to Rose Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk is just 2-4 in her last six bouts and has not fought since losing to Zhang in March 2020.

She has a record of 16-4 with four knockouts and one submission win. Joanna is 5-6 tall with a reach of 65 inches and is an orthodox fighter.

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Weili won the first fight and she says she is looking for a decisive finish to close the book on a possible trilogy fight. However, she barely got past JJ the first time out and needed a split decision to emerge victorious. This fight should be no different than their first meeting.

Although Jedrzejczyk has not fought since losing to Weili in their first bout and 2-4 in her last six bouts, her losses have been to current or former champions in Weili, Rose Namajunas, and Valentina Shevchenko. You can argue that JJ is getting older and that ring rust could be an issue and I don’t challenge that. I won’t blame you if you pick Weili but I just don’t think that the Chinese fighter is the same fearsome opponent since getting knocked out by Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk is a more versatile fighter and has more experience. I’ll take the plus money here.

Prediction: Joanna Jędrzejczyk

“Fighting" Manel Kape vs Rogerio Bontorin

Manel Kape is the no. 14 ranked flyweight in the UFC. The 28-year-old from Luanda, Angola is a former Rizin FF bantamweight champion and the former Knockout Championship bantamweight champion. Kape joined the UFC in 2021 but lost his first two Octagon appearances via decision. He has since bounced back strong with a pair of first-round knockout victories.

Kape is 17-6 with 11 knockouts and five submission wins. He is 5-5 tall with a reach of 68 inches and is a southpaw fighter.

Rogerio Bontorin is the no. 8 ranked flyweight in the UFC. The 30-year-old Brazilian is a former North Brazil BJJ champion. He has fought under notable promotions like Curitiba Pro Fight, Immortal FC, Pancrase, Brave, Grand Slam, and Katana Fight before joining the UFC via the Contender Brazil 1 series. Bontorin won his first two bouts but is winless in his last four.

Bontorin has a record of 16-4 with 3 knockouts and 11 submission victories. He is 5-5 tall with a reach of 67 inches and is an orthodox fighter.

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Kape’s UFC career got off to a shaky start after decision losses to Alexandre Pantoja and Matheus Nicolau. But like the great ones before him, he has been able to turn things around with a pair of highlight-reel knockouts against Ode Osbourne and Zhalgas Zhumagulov. Right now, Kape looks a lot like the killer that he was when was in Japan fighting for Rizin FF.

Bontorin isn’t really a bad opponent but he’s fighting an elite prospect in Kape. Bontorin has elite jiu-jitsu and is a very good submission artist. However, every fight starts on the feet, and Kape’s powerful punches are going to be the story of the fight. I’m picking Kape to win a third consecutive bout via KO.

Prediction: Manel Kape

“Fighting" Jack Della Maddalena vs Ramazan Emeev

Jack Della Maddalena fought most of his early career for Eternal MMA and Cage Warriors before joining the Contender Series in 2021 where he picked up a win over Ange Loosa. The victory earned Della Maddalena a UFC contract and he made his promotional debut at UFC 270 where he knocked out Pete Rodriguez.

Della Maddalena is 11-2 with 9 knockouts and one submission win. He lost his first two MMA bouts but has won his last 11. Della Maddalena is a switch hitter who stands 5-11 tall with a reach of 73 inches.

Ramazan Emeev is a former M-1 Global middleweight champion. The 35-year-old from Dagestan joined the UFC in 2017 and he went on to win his first three UFC bouts. Since then, Emeev is just 2-2 with losses to fringe contenders Anthony Rocco Martin and Danny Roberts. His last loss was a split decision against Roberts in a fight whee many thought he won.

Emeev is 20-5 with three knockouts and seven submission wins. He stands 5-10 tall with a reach of 76 inches and is a southpaw fighter.

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Emeev entered the UFC with plenty of hype. However, he is just 2-2 in his last four bouts including a split decision loss to Danny Roberts. On the other hand, Della Maddalena has won 11 consecutive bouts including 10 via stoppage. He lost his first two bouts as a professional MMA fighter but has been spotless since then. At some point, he’s got to lose a fight as the law of averages catches up with him. But it’s hard to see him losing to Emeev on Saturday night,

Sure, Emeev is Dagestani and anytime you hear the nationality Dagestani, it sounds scary to bet against that fighter. However, Emeev is no Khabib Nurmagomedov nor Islam Makhachev. He even has a loss to the lowly Roberts. Hi output pales in comparison to Della Maddelena’s and that should be the difference in this fight. As long as the Aussie stays off his back, this one’s in the bag for him, with an early stoppage a real possibility.

Prediction: Jack Della Maddalena

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