UFC 275 is continually taking shape as a 125-pound women’s Flyweight title tilt is being added to the line up.
MMA Fighting has reported that a bout between reigning division champion, Valentina Shevchenko, and No. 5-ranked contender, Taila Santos, is in the works for the June 11, 2022, pay-per-view (PPV) event. The location for UFC 275 has yet to be announced, but early Tuesday Ariel Helwani reported that the promotion is aiming for Singapore.
Shevchenko most recently successfully defended her crown for the sixth consecutive time, finishing Lauren Murphy via fourth round technical knockout at UFC 266 in Sept. 2021 (watch highlights). Since dropping to the 135-pound weight class in 2018, Shevchenko (22-3) has been flawless with an 8-0 run consisting of five finishes — all but one coming via strikes.
The next challenger, Santos, got off on the wrong foot in her UFC debut fresh off Dana White’s Contender Series: Brazil with a split decision loss to Mara Romero Borella. The defeat remains the only one on her otherwise perfect 19-1 record. Four straight victories have followed the defeat with her last being the most impressive — a first round rear-naked choke submission of Joanne Wood after stunning the perennial contender on the feet (watch highlights).
At the moment, the only other title fight on tap for UFC 275 is the highly anticipated Light Heavyweight showdown between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka. The bout was originally expected to take place at UFC 274 one month earlier.