UFC 275 Main Card Preview

UFC 275 Main Card Preview

Evan Montgomery|
June 11, 2022|

This weekend, the UFC travels to Singapore for June's Pay-Per-View card, stacked to the brim with excellent matchmaking. In the main event, Light Heavyweight UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira will look to defend his title for the first time against rising star Jiri Prochazka. Valentina Shevchenko looks to tighten her ever-increasing hold on the Flyweight division with another defense against Taila Santos, fresh off a submission win over Jojo Calderwood. Finally, the featured bout is a rematch of the greatest Women's UFC fight of all time, as Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk battle it out for the next shot at Strawweight gold.

With that being said, let's get into this incredible card and break down every fight featured on Verdict.

Glover Teixeira vs. Jiri Prochazka

Our main event of the evening holds Light Heavyweight in the balance as Glover Teixeira looks to defend his title and cement his legacy against Jiri Prochazka, who has been nothing but personified violence since making his UFC debut.

The ageless wonder Glover Teixeira (33-7) began competing as a professional over 20 years ago in 2002, but his greatest career achievement came last October, where he captured the UFC Light Heavyweight title with a second round submission over Jan Blachowicz. Teixeira is a veteran of the UFC and the WEC, where he has been a consistent force at the top of the division, battling it out with greats like Jon Jones, Rampage Jackson, and Anthony Johnson. A finisher by trade, Teixeira has a stunning 28 career finishes, with 17 of those coming via knockout. Well-rounded and dangerous on the feet and the mat, Teixeira has never been submitted in his pro career.

Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1) entered the UFC in 2019 after a career made in RIZIN, claiming and defending their 205 pound title. Jiri lives and dies by the sword with 25 wins by knockout and only seeing the judges' scorecards once in his pro career. He has an extremely unorthodox style, fighting with low hands and constant movement. He uses an incredible diversity of attacks, with his strikes coming from all different angles. Prochazka cites his mentality as his best weapon, fighting and living by the Bushido samurai code. While Prochazka is a striker at his best, he has stout defensive grappling.

This is one of the closer fights on the main card, but 90% of the Verdict Community is expecting a finish in our main event. The community favors Prochazka to capture the title this Saturday, with 61.4% siding with the Czech knockout artist. 56% have Prochazka scoring the knockout win, with the world's most common pick being Prochazka by knockout in the second round.


Valentina Shevchenko vs. Taila Santos

Our co-main has the Women's Flyweight belt on the line as Valentina Shevchenko looks to score her seventh straight defense opposite the oncoming Taila Santos.

Valentina Shevchenko (22-3) has been nothing short of dominant since dropping down to the Flyweight division, claiming gold with a decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She has since rattled off 6 straight title defense, finishing 4 of those before the final bell. "Bullet" is as well-rounded as they come, with technical Muay Thai striking and masterful positioning with slick jiu-jitsu on the mat. Her record reflects her diverse skillset, with 8 wins by knockout and 7 in submission. Her volume and fight IQ are second to none, with the cardio and pace to go ten rounds, if need be.

Taila Santos (19-1) stumbled out the gate in her UFC debut, dropping a split decision to Mara Romero Borella and losing her undefeated record in the process. She has since bounced back with four straight wins, though none more impressive than her first round submission over Joanne Wood in her last bout. Santos is another fighter who can compete on both the feet and the mat, though her specialty is certainly in her powerful Muay Thai attack. She has great footwork and can fight off the front and back foot, with grappling prowess in her back pocket, as she demonstrated against Wood. Of her 13 career stoppages, 10 have come by knockout.

The Verdict Community is expecting Valentina to continue her dominance, with over 90% expecting her to get the nod. 64% of the community is expecting a Shevchenko stoppage, with an even 50% selecting that to come via knockout.

Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk II

Our featured bout for the evening is the highly anticipated rematch of Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who earned Fight of the Year for their 2020 war. A shot at reclaiming gold opposite Carla Esparza also hangs in the balance for the victor, ensuring the fans are in for another round of fireworks.

Weili Zhang (21-3) claimed Strawweight gold with a first round knockout of Jessica Andrade, and defended in Feb. 2020 opposite Jedrzejczyk. Her second defense against Rose Namajunas ended in tragedy for the Chinese fighter, losing by head kick KO in the first round, and losing a split decision in the pair's rematch. Zhang is an aggressive striker, keeping up a high pace with massive damage from the clinch and in the pocket. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4) has not been seen since the first Weili fight, as she chose to wait for a high-profile bout. The former champion holds the record for most title defenses in the division at 5. She is an elite Muay Thai practitioner, with an inhuman pace and cardio. Her teep kicks and range management let her choose the distance of the fight, and expert takedown defense to keep the bout standing.

The fans, including myself, are geared up for this one, and we have all the makings for another classic ebtween these two strikers. Almost 54% of the Verdict community expects Zhang to get the nod again, though the community is fairly split on this one. 79% of users are expecting this fight to see the judges' scorecards, so prepare for five rounds of all-out striing action.


Andre Fialho vs. Jake Matthews

After Rogerio Bontorin fell ill to kidney issues from his weight cut, his scheduled bout with Manel Kape was scrapped. In its place, a Welterweight scrap from the prelims has been pulled up to the main card!

Andre Fialho (16-4) stepped in on short notice in January to face Michel Pereira in his UFC debut. Though he lost by decision in a fun affair, he turned around to knock out Miguel Baeza in April, then dispatch of Cameron VanCamp just a month later in under three minutes. Fialho cut his teeth in Bellator and the PFL, prior to rattling off a four fight knockout streak in UAE Warriors that brought him to the UFC. Fialho is an aggressive knockout artist with 13 of his 14 wins coming via KO or TKO. An Octagon veteran since 2014, Jake Matthews (17-5) has evolved as a martial artist during his time in the promotion. First billed as an elite submission artist, Matthews has shown his polished wrestling and ever improving striking technique, along with great cardio. "The Celtic Kid" has 11 stoppages to his name, with 7 coming by way of submission.

70.8% of the Verdict community has Fialho winning this fight. 52% expect him to get the knockout, with the most common pick being for him to get the KO in the second round.

Jack Della Maddalena vs. Ramazan Emeev

We open up the main card with a Welterweight clash between an emerging prospect and Octagon veteran.

An entertaining decision on the Contender Series earned Jakc Della Maddalena (11-2) his UFC contract. He wasted little time once on the roster, knocking out Pete Rodriguez in under three minutes. That Contender Series win was the first time Maddalena had seen the cards as a pro, finishing 9 of his wins by knockout. The Aussie has crisp boxing and effortless movement, with great scrambling skills as well. Ramazan Emeev (20-5) has been in the UFC since 2017, most recently dropping a split decision to Danny Roberts. Emeev is a dominating grappler, favoring position over submission. He has 10 career stoppages with 7 by submission, though every one of his UFC fights has gone the distance.

The Verdict community is expecting Maddalena to continue his rise in the division, with 64.7% of users picking him to defeat Emeev. Though 59% of the community expects this fight to go the distance, 27% do see Maddalena scoring another knockout in his sophomore UFC appearance.

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