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UFC Fight Night main card tips & predictions | Perez vs Taira

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UFC Fight Night: Perez vs Taira Main Card Preview & Info
When Sunday, June 16 – main card from 12pm AEST
Where UFC APEX, Las Vegas
Watch Live Foxtel, Kayo, UFC Fight Pass

The main card for UFC Fight Night: Perez vs Taira at the Apex in Las Vegas this Sunday (AEST) contains at least two potential future title contenders. Scary middleweight prospect Ikram Aliskerov will enter his bout against the towering Antonio Trocoli at prohibitively short odds to continue his march toward a title shot, Timothy Cuamba appears ready to take the next step when squaring off against Lucas Almeida, and Asu Almabaev’s clash with Jose Johnson looks like another highlight.

Read on to see our previews and top picks for every fight on the main card


Alex Perez v Tatsuro Taira

Alex Perez

Alex Perez

vs

Tatsuro Taira

Tatsuro Taira

+155 at BetOnline UFC betting odds -192.31 at BetOnline
25-8-0 MMA record 15-0-0
32 Age 24
5’6″ Height 5’7″
125lbs Weight 125lbs
65.5″ Reach 70″
USA Nationality Japan

Alex Perez takes on the undefeated Tatsuro Taira in a must-watch flyweight contest to top the card. See our UFC Fight Night: Perez vs Taira main event preview here.


Ikram Aliskerov v Antonio Trocoli

Ikram Aliskerov

Ikram Aliskerov

vs

Antonio Trocoli

Antonio Trocoli

-2000 at BetOnline UFC betting odds +950 at BetOnline
15-1-0 MMA record 12-3-0
38 Age 30
6’0″ Height 6’5″
185lbs Weight 185lbs
76″ Reach 82″
Russia Nationality Brazil

Ikram Aliskerov (15-1-0) is riding a seven-fight win streak and is the shortest-priced favourite on this card. The Russian middleweight is cut from the same cloth as champion countrymen Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov. The 30-year-old has finished his last three bouts within three minutes, mixing deadly strikes with an elite submission game. This may be another brief affair, but we should enjoy Aliskerov’s skills while it lasts.

Antonio Trocoli (12-3-0) makes his UFC debut after building a solid winning record while fighting on Brazilian MMA promotions. The 33-year-old has failed numerous drug tests and is a controversial figure in fighting circles. He stands a huge 6’5’’ with an 82-inch reach but looks outclassed in all facets of this contest. Landing a lucky knockout punch appears to be his most likely path to victory.

Ikram Aliskerov by KO/TKO

-125
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BetOnline

Timothy Cuamba v Lucas Almeida

Timmy Cuamba

Timothy Cuamba

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Lucas Almeida

Lucas Almeida

-217.39 at BetOnline UFC betting odds +170 at BetOnline
8-2-0 MMA record 14-3-0
30 Age 29
5’9″ Height 5’11”
145lbs Weight 145lbs
71″ Reach 71″
USA Nationality Brazil

Timothy Cuamba (8-2-0) was beaten via close decision in his UFC debut after winning five straight bouts in other promotions. The 25-year-old will be out to bounce back and live up to his potential and impressive physical attributes. Cuamba is a hard striker with tidy boxing who can work from tight angles and land shots from either stance.

Lucas Almeida (14-3-0) has dropped successive bouts, and the 33-year-old might be fighting for his UFC contract. The Brazilian is predominantly a counterstriker who can leave himself open through a lack of aggression. Almeida leaves his chin a little too high when exiting the pocket and might be in danger of a knockout if that weakness can be exploited.

Timothy Cuamba by KO/TKO

+200
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BetOnline

Douglas Silva de Andrade v Miles Johns

Douglas Silva de Andrade

Douglas Silva de Andrade

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Miles Johns

Miles Johns

+105 at BetOnline UFC betting odds -128.21 at BetOnline
29-5-0 MMA record 14-2-0
25 Age 27
5’7″ Height 5’7″
135lbs Weight 135lbs
65.5″ Reach 68″
Brazil Nationality USA

Douglas Silva de Andrade (29-5-0) has only dropped one of his past four fights, and the 38-year-old shows little sign of slowing down. The Brazilian is a knockout artist, with 20 of his professional wins coming via that method. He has only been stopped once by KO, with most of his losses coming via the scorecards. He enters this bout as a slight underdog with online bookmakers, but his striking power cannot be underestimated.

Miles Johns (14-2-0) brings solid recent form and remains undefeated in his last three contests. The 30-year-old is predominantly a volume striker who can also mix it up on the ground when required. As he looks to possess inferior striking skills, the American’s chances will improve slightly if he adopts a wrestling-heavy approach.

Douglas Silva de Andrade to win

+105
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BetOnline

Asu Almabaev v Jose Johnson

Asu Almabaev

Asu Almabaev

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Jose Johnson

Jose Johnson

-769.23 at BetOnline UFC betting odds +500 at BetOnline
19-2-0 MMA record 16-8-0
30 Age 29
5’4″ Height 6’0″
123lbs Weight 125lbs
65″ Reach 72.5″
Kazakhstan Nationality USA

Asu Almabaev (19-2-0) made his UFC debut one year ago, earning a second-round submission win over Kenneth Maningat. The 30-year-old is on a 15-fight win streak as a professional and looks like a potential flyweight contender of the future. Hailing from Kazakhstan, he is quick on the feet and a tough wrestler with an excellent ground game.

Jose Johnson (16-8-0) has one win and one loss at UFC level and drops from bantamweight to 125 pounds for this bout. He is extremely tall for the flyweight division and will attempt to capitalise on a huge height and reach advantage. The 29-year-old has proved susceptible to high-level grappling in the past and will be desperate to keep the action standing for as long as possible.

Asu Almabaev by submission

+100
@
BetOnline

Brady Hiestand v Garrett Armfield

Brady Hiestand

Brady Hiestand

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Garrett Armfield

Garrett Armfield

+155 at BetOnline UFC betting odds -192.31 at BetOnline
8-2-0 MMA record 10-3-0
25 Age 27
5’8″ Height 5’6″
135lbs Weight 135lbs
71″ Reach 70″
USA Nationality USA

Brady Hiestand (8-2-0) lost his UFC debut against Ricky Turcios via split decision in 2021 but has since produced a pair of impressive wins. The 25-year-old, who was last seen in April 2023, loves to brawl inside close range and brings solid striking power from both stances. He does present a hittable target, however, and looks most effective when mixing offensive wrestling into standup combinations.

Garrett Armfield (10-3-0) holds an identical UFC record to his opponent, losing on debut before rattling off successive victories. The 27-year-old is tough and gritty and throws quick straight punches but is not especially athletic and has previously struggled in the grappling department. Armfield also loves to brawl in the pocket, where his fast hands are most dangerous and minimal octagon movement is required.

Brady Hiestand to win

+155
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BetOnline

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