UFC 275 MMA UK Staff Picks

UFC 275 is nearly upon us as the UFC is heading back to Singapore with a pair of title fights that will see 205-pound champ Glover Teixeira defend his crown for the first time against Jiri Prochazka in the main event. Valentina Shevchenko will also be defending her belt for a 7th consecutive time when she faces Taila Santos. Finally, we have the return of two former champions, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili in one of the most anticipated rematches in women’s MMA history. So here are some picks from the staff at MMA UK News.  

Glover Teixeira (33-7) vs Jiří Procházka(28-3-1): 

  • Bobby Casey: Glover Teixeira
  • Abdul-Ahad Patel: Glover Teixeira 
  • Andy Hainey: Glover Teixeira in 3 rounds. 
  • Katie Hunter: Glover Teixeira 
  • Peter Kox: Jiří Procházka
  • Stoomboy: Jiří Procházka
  • Nico Suarez: Jiří Procházka via 2nd round TKO
  • Danny Jones: Jiří Procházka via TKO
  • Aaron James East: Jiří Procházka for the win TKO round 2 “not what most would pick I know but I think he will shock the world”
  • Jed Leon: Jiří Procházka via 2nd round TKO: “Glover will have a successful round 1 – Jiri too unpredictable and powerful Scores a T/KO early in the second”
  • Frankie Anderson: Jiří Procházka via 2nd or 3rd round TKO: “Even though Glover Teixeira is the champion, this will be his first title defence, Jiri Prochazka’s last 10 fights have ended by TKO/KO”

Valentina Shevchenko (22-3) vs Taila Santos (19-1):

  • Stoomboy: Taila Santos 
  • Abdul-Ahad Patel: Valentina Shevchenko 
  • Andy Hainey: Valentina Shevchenko by stoppage
  • Bobby Casey: Valentina Shevchenko
  • Nico Suarez: Valentina Shevchenko via 4th round TKO
  • Peter Knox: Valentina Shevchenko
  • Danny Jones: Valentina Shevchenko via Decision
  • Aaron James East: Valentina via 3rd round TKO
  • Katie Hunter: Valentina Shevchenko 
  • Jed Leon: Shevchenko Round 3 T/KO. “Dictates the pace early and controls the octagon throughout. Finishes the fight after some follow-up shots on the ground”
  • Frankie Anderson: Valentina Shevchenko Unanimous decision: “Valentina Shevchenko is the most dominant champion in the UFC and the huge favourite for this fight. Taila Santos has an impressive pro record, with her only loss coming as a split decision. I think Shevchenko will be too much for her”

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4) vs Zhang Weili (21-3):

  • Nico Suarez: Zhang Weili via Split Decision
  • Aaron James East: Zhang Weili via Unanimous Decision 
  • Stoomboy: Zhang Weili
  • Peter Knox: Zhang Weili
  • Katie Hunter: Zhang Weili
  • Andy Hainey: Zhang Weili by stoppage
  • Bobby Casey: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  • Abdul-Ahad Patel: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  • Danny Jones: Joanna Jedrzejczyk via Unanimous Decision
  • Jed Leon: Zhang via UD. “Think she controls the fight, close engagements but Zhang just a little more dynamic and faster.”
  • Frankie Anderson: Zhang Weili via Split Decision: “Joanna Jedrzejczyk hasn’t fought in 2 years and could suffer from a bit of ring rust. I can see this one going the distance again and with it only being 3 rounds instead of 5 rounds, I think Weili just edge the first couple of rounds” 
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