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UFC 275 Undercard Preview

by Ike Feldman
Updated On: June 8, 2022, 11:38 am ET

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UFC 275 brings us to Singapore for a very exciting card filled with fighters adjacent to the region. Let's take a look at the most intriguing fights from the event’s undercard.

 

-650 Valentina Shevchenko (22-3: 8 KOs, 7 SUBs) vs. +400 Taila Santos 19-1: 10 KOs, 3 SUBs)

Kyrgyzstan’s longtime UFC champion Valentina Shevchenko once again puts her championship belt on the line against the next top flyweight. Trying to dethrone one of the most well-rounded martial artists in all of MMA will be Brazil’s Taila Santos, a lengthy Muay Thai specialist who has a ferocious way about herself. While Santos prefers to march down her opponents and absorb damage with ease, Shevchenko is much cleaner in her striking approach. In order for Santos to win this fight, she must bully the champ with her size and toughness. I like Shevchenko to respect Santos’ power threat, but she will do what she does, which is beautiful kickboxing technique matched with a rhythmic pace. Santos will try to make this a phone booth fight, but I got the champ leaving the cage with another title fight victory to make it nine straight wins.

Selection: Shevchenko wins via Decision 

-175 Zhang Weili (21-2: 10 KOs, 7 SUBs) vs. +145 Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4: 4 KOs, 1 SUB)

The greatest female fight of all-time gets an encore as the stakes are a notch lower with no title on the line, but a shot at the title is a legitimate possibility for the winner. Both Zhang and Jedrzejczyk possess elite striking abilities. While the Chinese fighter, Zhang, has more power and thrust behind her punches, Jedrzejczyk is quicker to the punch and has a higher work rate. I like the 5x champ and Poland’s own, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, to get her hand raised because of more output and more landed strikes. This fight is bound to be another instant classic as both fighters tend to throw grappling out of the window in their fights.

Selection: Jedrzejczyk wins via Decision

-176 Jack Della Maddalena (11-2: 9 KOs, 1 SUB) vs. +135 Ramazan Emeev (20-5: 3 KOs, 7 SUBs)

Australian powerhouse Jack Della Maddalena is rising fast in the UFC’s welterweight division after winning a contract on the DWCS last fall and then getting a KO in his UFC debut. His opponent, Ramazan Emeev, will try to counter his brute kickboxing style by avoiding JDM’s big punches and closing the distance with heavy amounts of clinching and wrestling. Emeev is a tough test for Maddalena though. The Dagestan native is a combat sambo world champion and with that accolade comes years of intensive grappling. If JDM can shrug Emeev away enough to let his heavy hands fly he will get the hard-earned victory. 

Selection: Maddalena wins via Split-Decision 

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-300 Brendan Allen (18-5: 5 KOs, 10 SUBs) vs. +240 Jacob Malkoun (6-1: 2 KOs)

This is a big test for Malkoun, who is very green inside the UFC. The Aussie doesn’t do anything that jumps off the screen at you, but he does fight with a respectable blue collar mindset. Malkoun’s stubbornness to not stop working for takedowns and better positions on the mat is a testament to his conditioning. He will definitely bring the fight to Allen, especially with this being a pay-per-view event. For Allen, he is a proven mat wizard with 10 career submission victories. Also, every single one of his five losses have been against highly-respectable competition. While Malkoun is the new kid on the block who will throw down with a lot of vigor, I've got Allen being the smoother operator and winning the fight in every aspect.

Selection: Allen wins via Decision

-134 André Fialho (16-4: 13 KOs, 1 SUB) vs. +110 Jake Matthews (17-5: 4 KOs, 7 SUBs)

2022 is nearly halfway done, and André Fialho is about to make his fourth walk to the UFC octagon when he faces promising Australian fighter Jake Matthews. Stylistically, Fialho has the crisper boxing to go along with the power advantage. Matthews is going to try to clinch and grapple in hopes of neutralizing the Fialho’s advantages on the feet as soon as he gets tagged with the mitts. Matthews is coming off the biggest loss of his career and will want to get that one back even if he has to lay on top of his opponent for 15 straight minutes to the displeasure of the crowd. Fialho has never lost via submission and will be sure to acknowledge Matthews’ strength on the floor. It will be spectacular when Fialho gets his third straight victory in the UFC after being a short notice fill-in back in January.

Selection: Fialho wins via Decision

 

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Ike Feldman

Ike Feldman is not only a longtime combat sports practitioner, but he is also an Edgy broadcaster that has been covering and handicapping combat sports on a high level since 2016. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @IkeFeldman to get unrivaled MMA and Boxing content, insight and entertainment.