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UFC Vegas 93 Odds, Picks & Predictions: Alex Perez vs Tatsuro Taira & More

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in Mixed Martial Arts News

Updated Jun 12, 2024 · 6:13 PM PDT

UFC Vegas 93 Odds & Predictions
Jul 30, 2022; Dallas, TX, USA; Alexandre Pantoja (red gloves) fights Alex Perez (blue gloves) in a flyweight bout during UFC 277 at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
  • UFC Vegas 93 takes place this Saturday, June 15 at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas
  • Alex Perez faces Tatsuro Taira in a pivotal flyweight main event, while Ikram Aliskerov meets Antonio Trocoli in the co-main
  • Read below for full UFC Vegas 93 odds, predictions & picks, plus how to watch

The UFC returns to the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas this Saturday for an exciting Fight Night card on June 15. UFC Vegas 93 kicks off with the preliminary card at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+, followed by the main card at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

In the main event, former title challenger Alex Perez takes on rising Japanese star Tatsuro Taira in a pivotal flyweight bout. The co-main event pits Ikram Aliskero against Antonio Trocoli, who is stepping in for the injured Andre Muniz.

Let’s break down the UFC Fight Night odds for UFC Vegas 93 and analyze where the betting value lies.

UFC Vegas 93 Odds – Main Card

Fighter Odds Over/Under Rounds
Assu Almabayev -575 O 2.5 (+120)
Jose Johnson +425 U 2.5 (-150)
Fighter Odds Over/Under Rounds
Douglas Silva de Andrade +110 O 2.5 (-190)
Miles Johns -130 U 2.5 (+145)
Fighter Odds Over/Under Rounds
Timothy Cuamba -205 O 2.5 (+120)
Lucas Almeida +170 U 2.5 (-150)
Fighter Odds Over/Under Rounds
Ikram Aliskerov -1350 O 1.5 (+165)
Antonio Trocoli +800 U 1.5 (-215)
Fighter Odds Over/Under Rounds
Alex Perez +164 O 2.5 (-145)
Tatsuro Taira -198 U 2.5 (+114)

In the UFC Vegas 93 odds, Ikram Aliskerov is a gigantic -1350 favorite in his bout with Antonio Trocoli. He’s the heaviest favorite on the main card by a wide margin, boasting a 93.1% implied probability of prevailing on Saturday.

The prelims kick off at 4 pm ET exclusively on ESPN+, with the main card following at 7 pm ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

 

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Alex Perez vs Tatsuro Taira Prediction

The headline bout features a classic matchup between a grizzled veteran and a hungry young prospect. Alex Perez (25-8) looks to build on his impressive knockout win over Matheus Nicolau in April, which came just seven weeks ago. The former title challenger has faced elite competition like current champ Alexandre Pantoja and top contender Muhammad Mokaev.

Meanwhile, Tatsuro Taira (15-0) aims to prove he belongs among the flyweight elite. The 24-year-old Japanese phenom has gone 5-0 in the UFC with slick submissions and dominant wrestling. However, Perez represents by far his toughest test to date.

With Perez’s experience and knockout power, he has a clear path to victory if he can keep the fight standing. But Taira’s grappling could be the equalizer. The young prospect has shown incredible smoothness on the mat, particularly in his submission win over Jesus Aguilar.

Ultimately, Taira’s momentum and full training camp give him the slight edge. Look for the Japanese rising star to weather Perez’s early storm, wear him down with wrestling, and lock up a submission sometime in the second round for a breakout performance.

  • Prediction: Taira by 2nd round submission

Antonio Trocoli vs Ikram Aliskerov Pick

In the co-main event, Ikram Aliskerov (15-1) looks to continue his impressive run since losing to Khamzat Chimaev in 2019. The Dagestani middleweight has explosive striking to go with his strong grappling base, earning him back-to-back first-round knockouts in his first two UFC bouts.

Antonio Trocoli (12-3) steps in on short notice for his UFC debut after Andre Muniz withdrew due to injury. The Brazilian won on the Contender Series in 2019 before a positive drug test overturned the result. He has fought just once since, winning on the regional scene in 2021.

While Trocoli is largely an unknown, his grappling-based style seems tailor-made for Aliskerov to pick apart. Expect the Dagestani prospect to keep the fight standing and land a fight-ending shot sometime in the first round for another highlight-reel finish.

  • Prediction: Aliskerov by 1st round KO

Timur Valiev vs Lucas Almeida Picks

Two featherweight hopefuls jockey for position as Timur Valiev (15-4) meets Lucas Almeida (13-3). Valiev has been inconsistent in the UFC but showed veteran savvy in his last outing. The Brazilian Almeida has dropped two straight after an impressive KO in his debut.

This fight could come down to the grappling exchanges. Almeida will want to push a high pace while Valiev may look to slow things down and outpoint him. In a coin flip fight, the pick is Valiev’s experience winning out over 15 minutes.

  • Prediction: Valiev by decision

Douglas Silva de Andrade vs Miles Johns Best Bet

Longtime bantamweight veteran Douglas Silva de Andrade (29-5) faces Miles Johns (13-2) in an intriguing battle of styles. The explosive Brazilian has dangerous skills everywhere and can finish the fight at any time, especially if Johns turns it into a brawl.

Johns is more of a grinding wrestler who will want to wear down de Andrade over three rounds. If he can consistently get the takedown, he can nullify the Brazilian’s offense. But de Andrade’s killer instinct and ability to find a finish out of nowhere give him the slight edge in a fight that could go either way.

  • Prediction: de Andrade by late TKO

Asu Almabaev vs Jose Johnson Prediction

Rising flyweight Asu Almabaev (14-1) takes on late-notice replacement Jose Johnson (12-7). Almabaev, a powerful Kazakh grappler, picked up dominant decision wins in his first two UFC bouts. Johnson came up short in his UFC debut, tapping to a twister from Da’Mon Blackshear in 2023 before rebounding last time out.

While Johnson has a size advantage at 6’0″, Almabaev’s wrestling and top control should neutralize that quickly. Unless the American can consistently keep Almabaev at range, this looks like a long night for Johnson.

The pick is Almabaev taking Johnson down repeatedly on route to a lopsided decision.

  • Prediction: Almabaev by decision

 

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