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UFC 275 Best Bets: Teixeira vs. Prochazka, Shevchenko vs. Santos

UFC 275 Best Bets: Teixeira vs. Prochazka, Shevchenko vs. Santos

UFC 275 Best Bets: Teixeira vs. Prochazka, Shevchenko vs. Santos 6

Two UFC title fights headline the UFC’s return to Singapore this Saturday night.

Light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira will defend his title for the first time when he faces Jiri Prochazka in the main event. Teixeira is set to enter as an underdog, despite being the new champion of the division.

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In the co-main event, long-reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko is a heavy favorite — again — in another title defense. This time, she’s facing Taila Santos in what is arguably her toughest test in a while.

Before then, Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will run back their incredible strawweight clash from 2020. A potential title shot is on the line for the winner of this three-round fight.

These three fights and the full UFC 275 main card will air live only on ESPN+ in the United States. Fans can purchase the UFC 275 fight card via the ESPN+ website to stream the fights live to their favorite device on Saturday night.

We’re here to help you prepare for the UFC fight card with a collection of our UFC 275 best bets, picks, and tips for this weekend.

UFC 275 Best Bets: Teixeira vs. Prochazka, Shevchenko vs. Santos 8

UFC 275 Best Bets

Our experts were split on the main event bout between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka so that fight has been omitted from our UFC 275 best bets.

Read: Teixeira vs. Prochazka staff picks

Valentina Shevchenko to win by decision (+105)

All three of our experts are picking Shevchenko to defend the title this weekend. Two of them believe that Shevchenko will win by way of decision. Shevchenko to win by decision is currently listed at odds of +105 and is reasonably generous considering she is a heavy favorite in straight moneyline betting.

Read: Shevchenko vs. Santos staff picks

Manel Kape to win by decision (+235)

Kape’s odds to win by decision are much more generous than we had anticipated. Our analyst Joe Pounders favors Kape in that matchup and writes that:

“Even though each fighter has the power necessary to end the night at any moment, I believe the bout should be a back and forth affair, but ultimately, the talent of Kape should allow him to separate from Bontorin and earn him a close, but decisive victory.”

Read: Bontorin vs. Kape prediction

Jack Della Maddalena to win (-155)

Earlier in the week, analyst Joe Pounders wrote “quite simply, the line on this fight should be priced far steeper in the direction of Jack Della Maddalena.”

“His pressure-oriented striking, undercoated with fight-ending ability, coupled with showcased success in scrambling situations, should allow him to have significant success against Emeev.

“His game is simply levels above Emeev with respect to what he has shown contrary to what public perception believes there to be, henceforth, Jack’s price is a gift!”

Read: Della Maddalena vs. Emeev prediction

UFC 275 Best Bets: Teixeira vs. Prochazka, Shevchenko vs. Santos 8

Choi Seung-woo to win by decision (+175)

Choi is currently a -240 favorite at most betting sites but the odds for him to win by decision are surprisingly high at +175.

Analyst Michael Pounders writes, “In this fight, Choi will have the edge in size, speed, and technique. I prefer Choi in parlays since he has power while Culibao has a fantastic chin. But, as a straight play, I like Choi by decision.”

Read: Choi vs. Culibao prediction

Brendan Allen to win by submission (+200)

Here’s another example of taking a heavily favored fighter to win by a certain method of victory at + odds.

Michael Pounders writes: “Malkoun’s win streak will end Saturday. I prefer Allen in parlays because a finish or decision are similarly likely, but, as an individual play, I like Allen to find Malkoun’s neck at some point in a clinch exchange.”

Read: Allen vs. Malkoun prediction

Kyung-ho Kang to win (+110)

In his detailed analysis, Braeden Arbour wrote of the problems that Danaa Batgerel may face against Kyung-ho Kang this weekend. He believes that there’s a great opportunity for Kang to win this one with his excellent grappling ability.

Read: Kang vs. Batgerel prediction

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