SMUGGLING DUDS UFC 275 GAMBLING GUIDE
A stacked Singapore card this weekend which finally sees the rematch of one the greatest women’s strawweight bouts of all time, and the eyes of the world on the oldest champion on the roster defending his belt against the new breed of samurai!
Glover Teixeira (c) vs. Jiri Prochazka (Light Heavyweight)
If you check the main betting sites you will see all of them have Prochazka to wipe the floor with the current belt holder. Regular readers of our blog will know we love a good underdog story – especially when it is 42 year old nice guy Glover Teixeira! Listen, this one is going to go two ways. Prochazka is a very violent man and we genuinely believe that if he doesn’t blow Teixeira out of the Octagon in the first round, the Brazilain will do what he does best and find a way to get Prochazka to the ground and force a submission. Take a punt on both.
Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Taila Santos (Women’s Flyweight)
It is now getting difficult to give Shevchenko’s opponents any sort of credit or hope because the Kyrgyztan superstar is that good. Santos might survive the first couple of rounds but like that famous shark Jaws, Shevchenko will eventually stop stalking and go in for the kill. What happens after this bout will be interesting as Shevchenko has pretty much cleaned out the women’s flyweight division.
Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzeiczyk (Women’s Strawweight)
Can they produce the same action fight fans witness just over two years ago? Probably not as a rematch doesn’t often live up to the hype plus the fact this is only 3 rounds will play a factor. Whilst Jerzeiczyk is the more traditional striker, blasting out non-stop combos, Weili is the power puncher – always looking for the KO. Jerzeiczyk has been on an extended holiday, taking time out of the sport but assures fans she is ready and means business. We are not so sure. Weili has been much more active and is desperate to get back in the win column.
Rogerio Bontorin vs. Manel Kape (Flyweight)
If Bontorin finds himself with his arm being raised by the ref then it will be the biggest upset on the card for sure. Bit of a no brainer this one though as fans and bookies will be expecting ‘Starboy’ to do the business and send the Brazilian packing.
Jack Della Maddalena vs. Ramazan Emeev (Welterweight)
We will probably end up regretting this pick as the chances of another highlight reel KO will be much tougher to accomplish against Russian decision going machine Ramazan Emeev but what the heck, we think Maddalena does it again.
Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)
Jacob Malkoun vs. Brendan Allen (Middleweight)
Malkoun is likely to come in as the favourite but based purely on the calibre of opponents Allen has faced, and the fact we just think he’s the more tested and better fighter, a comfortable decision win is on the cards for the Sandford MMA fighter.
Seung Woo Choi vs. Joshua Culibao (Featherweight)
Tough one to call for sure as both fighters have all the talent but are yet to gain much admiration from fans or grasp any legit spotlight. The winner will see themselves head up the ranks but whilst Woo Choi will probably be a favourite with bookies, we expect this one to go the distance and the Hawaiian to get the nod
WINNER: Woo Choi
Steve Garcia vs. Hayisaer Maheshate (Lightweight)
A decent run on the local scene in his home country of China, followed by a decent win on DWCS sees Hayisaer Maheshate step into a UFC event. Unless he feeds off the crowd and brins it, he will struggle against seasoned brawler ‘Mean Machine’ Garcia. Potential FOTN.
Jake Matthews vs. André Fialho (Welterweight)
Credit to Matthews for taking this one as he’s up against a man on a mission who just so happens to have dynamite in his hands. The Celtic Kid has high level wrestling and so much experience but he never seems to use it to his advantage and this is why it could possibly be one of the bigger upsets on the card if the Ozzie can get a win.
Early preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Kang Kyung-Ho vs. Danaa Batgerel (Bantamweight)
Don’t be fooled by his last outing, a spinning back fist to the dish happens to the best of us! Expect the Mongolian native to be firing on all cylinders from the opening bell which will be too much for ‘Mr Perfect’ to handle.
Liang Na vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez (Women’s Bantamweight)
Both fighters have experienced dreadful starts to their UFC journey. If Juarez doesn’t produce the goods here she is 100% getting the sack. Whilst Na is probably on a similar non- UFC level to her opponent, home advantage should see her through. A sucker for an armbar, Juarez will be on the defence from the start to make sure it doesn’t happen again, in what will be a slow paced bout.
Ramona Pascual vs. Joselyne Edwards (Women’s Featherweight)
From what we’ve seen Joselyne Edwards probably isn’t UFC level, and perhaps never will be. The likely outcome is another decision loss but this is women’s MMA where the decision literally can go either way.
UFC 275 WILD CARD BET: Rogerio Bontorin to defeat Manel Kape via decision