The UFC is making its first-ever appearance in the southeast and it’s making it a memorable one as the organization is making its debut in Singapore on June 11th. The event will be headlined by a pair of title fights when Glover Teixeira defends his belt for the first time as he faces rising star Jiri Prochazka, the co-main event will see longtime champion Valentina Schevchenko face #4 ranked Brazilian fighter Taila Santos and the final announced bout will be the return of former middleweight champ Robert Whittaker vs former contender Marvin Vettori.
The main event will see newly crowned Champ Glover defend the belt he has so long fought and dedicated his life to. We last saw Glover submit Jan Blachowicz in the second round of their matchup last October, while he remains one of the oldest champions to date, Glover has continuously shown that age is only a number and his skill is world-class. His opponent is no easy feat as Jiri has been on one of the most impressive win streaks (12), while he may only have 2 fights in the UFC he has put all of them away by TKO or KO and has scored 11 straight stoppages along the way, Jiri has developed a reputation of having some of the most lethal striking in his division.
What else needs to be said about the most dominant flyweight champ of all time that hasn’t been said already? Valentina is on an 8 fight win streak and has looked unbeatable at 125, she has lapped her division and has made every challenger seem like a sacrificial lamb. On the other side of the cage, we will see Brazilian fighter Taila Santos, since earning a contract on Dana White’s Brazilian contender series, Taila has gone 5-1 and has beaten major names like Molly McCann, Roxanne Modafferi, Jill Robertson and Joanne Wood, her credential and ability is there, and you can bet Taila is looking at Juliana Pena fight vs Amanda Nunes and hoping to repeat as a legend killer.
Finally, the Whittaker vs Vetorri fight is one of the most interesting on the card considering this fight could easily headline given the right opportunity. Both fighters are stuck playing second fiddle to champ Israel considering they have both now lost to him twice. So while this fight may hold no real title implications in the eyes of some, it doesn’t change the fact that these are still the best fighters in the division and in a sport where a fighter can be given a title shot at any moment regardless of rank or record one can not sleep on this fight as it has possible fight of the year written all over it.