Valentina Shevchenko aims to cement her perch atop the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings as she gets set to defend her UFC women’s flyweight title against No. 4 contender Taila Santos in the co-main event at UFC 275.
UFC 275 is set to take place on Saturday, June 11, at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, with all the action available on PPV.
Undefeated in eight straight outings since her return to the 125-pound division, Shevchenko has emerged as a massive favorite on the UFC 275 odds to successfully defend her crown for the seventh time.
Valentina Shevchenko vs Taila Santos Betting Odds
Online sportsbook BetUS has got you covered with all the UFC 275 odds and has listed Shevchenko as a heavy -600 favorite, while the challenger Santos lags as a distant +400 underdog in her first UFC title shot.
That means backers of the champion must wager $600 to generate potential winnings of $100, while a successful $100 bet on Santos will generate tidy winnings of $400.
Odds as of June 9 at BetUS
A deep dive into the Shevchenko vs Santos betting line using our sports betting calculator shows that Shevchenko’s -600 odds translate to an implied win probability of 85.71 percent, while Santos’ odds reflect an implied win probability of just 20.00 percent.
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Shevchenko vs Santos Odds Analysis
Shevchenko has been consistently pegged as massive chalk since claiming the vacant UFC women’s flyweight title with a unanimous-decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk as a -320 bet at UFC 231.
“Bullet” has sported odds no longer than -450 over her past seven outings, and has entered the Octagon with odds of -1200 or better on five occasions over that stretch.
Santos Successfully Rebounds from First Pro Loss
Victorious in 19 of 20 fights as a pro, Santos has steadily regained the confidence of sports bettors during her current four-fight win streak. The 28-year-old Brazilian’s lone defeat came via split decision against Mara Borella as -210 chalk at UFC Fight Night 144.
That defeat also forced Santos to prove herself to sports bettors as an underdog in subsequent unanimous-decision wins over Molly McCann and Gillian Robertson.
Pegged as betting chalk with average odds of -405 in her past two outings, Santos made her case for a title shot with a convincing opening-round win over Joanne Wood last time out at UFC Vegas 43, which also earned her the first Performance of the Night bonus of her career.
Shevchenko vs Santos Betting Preview
Equally effective on the mat as she is with her fists, Valentina Shevchenko has quickly established herself as one of the most dominant champions in UFC history. Bullet has taken on all comers since ascending to the top of the division almost four years ago, consistently outclassing challengers to her throne.
That includes decisive wins over the current top three in the UFC flyweight rankings, capped by a fourth-round TKO win over current No. 2 Lauren Murphy at UFC 266.
Of her eight recent wins, four have come by knockout or TKO, the most ever in the division. However, the former Russian women’s amateur boxing champion also excels when the action moves to the mat. Shevchenko has averaged 2.62 takedowns per 15 minutes during her UFC career.
She has successfully executed 18 total takedowns over her past four fights, while accumulating over 22 minutes of total control time during those contests. Those skills are likely to be put to a serious test against Santos.
Santos Passed Test With Win Over Woods
After beating up on a string of unranked opponents, Santos passed her first test against a legit contender with flying colors in her last outing at UFC Vegas 43.
Santos needed less than five minutes to end Joanne Wood’s evening with an impressive display of punching power, followed by a speedy submission. It was that win that lifted the former Aspera FC bantamweight champ into title contention.
Duplicating that effort against Shevchenko will not be so easy. Santos does match up well with the champion in both striking and grappling, and enjoys a one-inch height advantage and two-inch reach advantage.
However, delivering a decisive blow on Shevchenko, who has never been knocked down in UFC action, presents a huge challenge.
Shevchenko vs Santos Betting Pick
Santos may represent the most explosive flyweight opponent that Shevchenko has ever faced. But her lack of experience in championship rounds will steadily tilt the odds in favor of the champion if this clash goes beyond three rounds.
While it is tough to go against the champ, it is tough to find the value in Bullet’s long odds. Sports bettors should monitor the sportsbooks for value in the odds of this fight lasting 3.5 rounds.
Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko (-600)
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