UFC 275 is here, which means it’s time for our Staff Picks! Our writers and editors have all picked their winners for the main card, and it’s round 5 of our yearlong competition to see who comes out on top!
UFC 275 Preview: The UFC Returns to Singapore
This will mark the UFC’s first ever PPV event in Singapore. The UFC hasn’t been to Singapore since late 2019 when Demian Maia defeated Ben Askren.
Zhang Weili (21-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) will face Joanna Jędrzejczyk (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in a rematch of arguably the greatest fight in women’s MMA history. Weili was able to defend her title by defeating Jędrzejczyk by split-decision at UFC 248.
Since their first encounter Weili has went 0-2, losing her strawweight title by KO to Rose Namajunas at UFC 261 and then failing to recapture the gold at UFC 268, losing to Namajunas by split-decision. Jędrzejczyk has not fought since the first contest with Weili in March of 2020. This is a pivotal fight for both competitors to get back in the win column and to get a potential title shot with new champ, Carla Esparza.
Shevchenko has not lost a fight since late 2017 losing to Amanda Nunes by split decision for the bantamweight strap, since then “Bullet” has gone 8-0. Shevchenko won the vacant flyweight title at UFC 231 in December of 2018, defeating Jędrzejczyk by decision and then defending her title six times consecutively and most recently defeated Lauren Murphy by TKO at UFC 266 in September of 2021.
Santos entered the UFC in September of 2019, losing in her debut by split decision against Mara Romero Borella. Since losing her first pro-MMA fight, Santos went 4-0 in her last four and most recently defeated Joanne Wood by submission in the first round in November of 2021. Santos will look to shock the world and dethrone the champ at UFC 275.
Teixeira finally captured UFC gold by defeating Jan Błachowicz by submission in the second round at UFC 267 in October of 2021. Teixeira is 6-0 in his last six contests, not losing a fight since July of 2018.
Bursting on the scene, Procházka quickly won his first two contests in the UFC. The former Rizin light-heavyweight champ debuted in the UFC opposite to Volkan Oezdemir, winning by KO in the second round at UFC 251 in July of 2020. Procházka most recently defeated Dominick Reyes by a stunning spinning-back elbow KO in May of 2021 which you can see below.
UFC 275 Main Card
- Welterweight bout- Jack Della Maddalena vs. Ramazan Emeev
- Flyweight bout- Rogerio Bontorin vs. Manel Kape
- Women Strawweight bout- Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
- Women Flyweight Title bout- Valentina Shevchenko (C) vs. Taila Santos
- Light Heavyweight Title bout- Glover Teixeira (C) vs. Jiří Procházka
Let’s get into our UFC 275 Staff Picks!
|Austin Marr |
Note: Staff Picks were finalized prior to the news of Kape vs. Bontorin being removed from the card. You can find the details on the fights removal here.
Our staff is torn on the main event, while in the co-main, we’re all riding with the champ-Shevchenko. How do you think our Staff Picks will play out? Let us know in the comments below!
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