Asu Almabayev vs Jose Johnson Prediction UFC Picks 6/15

Asu Almabayev vs Jose Johnson Prediction UFC Picks 6/15

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UFC Fight Night: Perez vs. Taira - Asu Almabayev vs. Jose Johnson Preview and Prediction

On June 15, 2024, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV, UFC Fight Night: Perez vs. Taira will feature a compelling flyweight bout between Kazakhstan's Asu Almabayev and the USA's Jose Johnson. This matchup promises to be a showcase of skill and determination. Let's delve into the fighters' backgrounds and predict the outcome.

 

Asu Almabayev

  • Height/Weight: 5' 4", 125 lbs
  • Record: 19-2-0 (3 TKO, 9 SUB)
  • Team: Dar Pro Team Kazakhstan
  • Nickname: Zulfikar
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Asu "Zulfikar" Almabayev is renowned for his exceptional grappling and submission skills. Training with Dar Pro Team Kazakhstan, Almabayev has developed a formidable ground game, securing nine of his nineteen victories by submission. His relentless pursuit of the finish and technical prowess on the mat make him a constant threat.

Recent Performance:

Almabayev is riding high on a series of impressive wins, including a unanimous decision victory over CJ Vergara and a second-round submission against Ode' Osbourne. His ability to control fights and capitalize on his opponents' mistakes has been key to his success. Almabayev's most recent submission win over Kenneth Maningat further solidified his reputation as a submission specialist.

 

Jose Johnson

  • Height/Weight: 6' 0", 126 lbs
  • Record: 16-8-0 (8 TKO, 3 SUB)
  • Team: StrKings
  • Nickname: Lobo Solitario
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Jose "Lobo Solitario" Johnson is a versatile fighter known for his striking power and ability to finish fights. Standing at 6' 0", Johnson often utilizes his reach advantage to keep opponents at bay while landing significant strikes. His knockout power is evident, with eight of his victories coming by way of TKO.

Recent Performance:

Johnson's recent performances have been a mix of highs and lows. After securing a submission victory over Chad Anheliger, he suffered a submission loss to Da'Mon Blackshear. Despite the setbacks, Johnson's resilience and striking capabilities remain his primary weapons in the octagon.

 

Prediction:

This flyweight bout is a classic striker versus grappler matchup, with Johnson's striking power against Almabayev's grappling expertise. While Johnson's height and reach provide a significant advantage on the feet, Almabayev's relentless grappling and submission skills give him the upper hand in this contest.

Expect Almabayev to close the distance early, using his smaller stature to get inside Johnson's reach. His primary strategy will be to take the fight to the ground, where he excels. Once on the mat, Almabayev's technical prowess and relentless pursuit of submissions will come into play.

Johnson's best chance lies in keeping the fight standing and utilizing his striking to wear down Almabayev. However, Almabayev's proven track record of securing submissions against high-level opponents makes him a formidable challenge for Johnson.

Almabayev's superior grappling skills and ability to control the fight on the ground should enable him to dictate the pace and direction of the bout. Look for Almabayev to secure a takedown early and work his way to a dominant position, eventually locking in a submission hold to finish the fight.

Pick: Asu Almabayev to win by submission

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