Minty Bets is joined by Kevin Iole to preview the upcoming UFC 275 card in Singapore on Saturday, June 11th.
MINTY BETS: This Saturday, June 11, we've got UFC 275 taking place in Singapore. I am Minty Bets, and joining me to give us his best bets is Kevin Iole. Kevin, we've got a light heavyweight title bout as our main event between Jiri Procházka, minus 200, versus Glover Teixeira, plus 170. Who you got in this one?
KEVIN IOLE: Love Glover. You know, Glover is such a unique guy, such a good guy. Won the title at 42 years old.
But you got to go with Procházka in this one. I just think he is too quick, he has too many weapons. Just been on a roll-- he's won 17 of his last 18. He's 22, 1, and 1 in his last 24 fights. He's got power.
And the thing I think that's unique about him is you never know where the strikes are coming from. He knocked out Dominick Reyes last May in his last fight, spinning back elbow-- only the third spinning back elbow knockout in UFC history. I think he presents so many problems for Glover. I'm going to go with Jiri Procházka to win this one.
MINTY BETS: All right, and the women's flyweight title bout, we've got Valentina Shevchenko, minus 650, versus Taila Santos, plus 450. I mean, it's got to be Valentina, right, Kevin?
KEVIN IOLE: It has to be. I mean, come on, Minty, what else can you do? Like, you know how much I hate to lay these big numbers. But when it's Valentina, it's almost like it's even money, right? 650 is almost like even money.
She has just been so dominant. And Taila is not all that experienced in the UFC. She got in through "Dana White's Contender Series" recently. Has looked good, and I think if you put her against a lot of the other leading contenders, you know, you say, hey, she might match up fairly well. But against Valentina Shevchenko, totally different thing.
Valentina-- and Valentina is so focused, you know, that you don't worry about a hiccup or looking past somebody on that. So I have Valentina Shevchenko. And I'm going to pick her to win this one by finish.
MINTY BETS: And lastly, in the women's strawweight bout, we've got a rematch here between Zhang Weili, minus 165, versus Joanna Jedrzejczyk, plus 140. I mean, I don't really like to bet against Weili, but what do you think, Kevin?
KEVIN IOLE: I'll tell you what, I love this fight. I mean, it was one of the greatest fights I have ever seen-- boxing, MMA, kickboxing, whatever you want to name, whatever discipline, their fight in 2020 was just unbelievable. It was one of the best I have ever seen. Weili won that fight. And I think she wins this one as well.
You know, Joanna did a smart thing, and I think this could play to her advantage-- she has not fought since then. Over two years she has taken off and let her body heal from that. And I always believe in that.
But I just think Weili is going to fight with a little bit of desperation this time. She is from China. You've got to imagine she's going to have a big backing in Singapore. And she knows, because she's had a couple of losses to Rose Namajunas, that this fight is going to be very important for her. So I like Weili to win this fight.
MINTY BETS: All right, thank you so much, Kevin.
KEVIN IOLE: Thanks, Minty.
MINTY BETS: And to recap Kevin's picks, he's got Procházka to win, Shevchenko to win, and Weili to win. Bet $10 and win $200 in free bets by signing up at BetMGM.com/YahooVIP. New customers only. Must be 21 and older. Terms apply.