Glover Teixeira makes his first defense of the light heavyweight title Saturday when he takes on second-ranked contender Jiri Prochazka in the main event of UFC 275: Teixeira vs. Prochazka. Their title fight closes the curtain on the main fight card (10 p.m. ET) from Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Teixeira has won six straight fights and captured his first UFC belt last October with a second-round submission of former champion Jan Blachowicz. His first defense comes against one of the most intriguing prospects in the promotion in Prochazka, who is getting a title shot in just his third UFC fight based largely on the strength of his resume before joining the promotion. He is a former champion in the Rizin and GFC promotions.
Prochazka is a -200 favorite (risk $200 to win $100), while Teixeira is priced at +170 in the latest UFC 275: Teixeira vs. Prochazka odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (-700) takes on No. 4-ranked contender Taila Santos (+500) in another title fight. Before locking in any UFC 275: Teixeira vs. Prochazka picks, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine combat expert Andrew Gombas.
With more than 1,400 selections tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a 6 percent return on investment for his followers. Over the past two years, his followers have netted a profit of more than $10,000.
In January, Gombas kicked off the 2022 UFC season in memorable fashion by encouraging SportsLine members to back Calvin Kattar (+200) against Giga Chikadze (-240) in a battle of ranked featherweight contenders in the main event. Kattar dominated to win a unanimous decision and give his followers an easy winner. Anyone who has followed Gombas already has seen massive returns.
Now, with UFC 275: Teixeira vs. Prochazka (see tickets at StubHub) in sight, Gombas has studied the card from every angle and released his top MMA picks. You can only see Gombas’ UFC 275 picks at SportsLine.
UFC 275: Teixeira vs. Prochazka preview
Teixeira’s run to the light heavyweight title is universally regarded as one of MMA’s top feel-good stories of recent note. The Brazilian made his UFC debut in May 2012 and has never lost more than two consecutive fights while remaining a viable contender.
He won his first five fights in the UFC but saw that streak come to an end with a decision loss against former champion Jon Jones in April 2014, his first title fight. He went 5-4 in nine outings following the loss to Jones while consistently facing world-class opponents.
His second title shot came on the heels of a five-fight win streak that included victories over former title challengers such as Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos. Teixeira (33-7) made the most of his second title bid, just days after turning 42, when he took advantage of a flat performance from Blachowicz and submitted the Polish fighter without much resistance.
Prochazka (28-3-1) is still a relative unknown to many MMA observers but the 29-year-old Czech Republic native has been a professional fighter for 10 years and has dominated the competition at every stop.
He went 10-1 with the respected Rizin promotion, with his only defeat coming against former Strikeforce champion Muhammed Lawal in December 2015. Prochazka avenged that defeat with a third-round knockout of Lawal in an April 2019 title fight.
Prochazka is the rare UFC recruit who was permitted to skip the line into contender status because of his strength of resume. His plight is similar to that of Michael Chandler, the former Bellator champion who was immediately granted a top-five ranking upon signing with the UFC two years ago.
He earned the title shot with a second-round stoppage in a wild brawl last May against Dominick Reyes, the former title challenger who pushed Jones to a razor-thin decision. You can only see who to back at UFC 275 at SportsLine.
UFC 275: Teixeira vs. Prochazka predictions
We’ll share one of Gombas’ UFC 275 predictions here: He is siding with Brendan Allen (-260) to get past Jacob Malkoun (+220) in a battle of middleweight prospects on the preliminary card.
Allen (18-5) is a grappling specialist who was once considered perhaps the most promising prospect in the division. However, his momentum was halted by losses to veteran brawlers Sean Strickland and Chris Curtis. The 26-year-old South Carolina native responded with a second-round submission of veteran Sam Alvey in February.
Malkoun (6-1) is a skilled striker who has won two of his three UFC appearances following an undefeated run through various Australian promotions.
“Allen is the better grappler and is the more skilled striker. He has some sketchy defensive tendencies but, if he can avoid getting caught, he should be fine,” Gombas told SportsLine.
How to make UFC 275 picks
Gombas has locked in strong picks for Teixeira vs. Prochazka and other fights on the UFC 275 card. He’s also backing a fighter who will “control the action” on the way to a dominant victory. Those UFC 275 picks are only available at SportsLine.
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UFC 275 odds, fight card
Jiri Prochazka (-200) vs. Glover Teixeira (+175)
Valentina Shevchenko (-700) vs. Taila Santos (+500)
Weili Zhang (-160) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (+140)
Seung Woo Choi (-240) vs. Joshua Culibao (+200)
Joselyne Edwards (-170) vs. Ramona Pascual (+150)
Batgerel Danaa (-145) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (+125)
Steve Garcia (-170) vs. Hayisaer Maheshate (+150)
Brendan Allen (-260) vs. Jacob Malkoun (+220)
Andre Fialho (-145) vs. Jake Matthews (+125)
Silvana Gomez Juarez (-155) vs. Na Liang (+135)
Jack Della Maddalena (-150) vs. Ramazan Emeev (+130)
Manel Kape (-230) vs. Rogerio Bontorin (+195)