June 14, 2024 8:58 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Timothy Cuamba vs Lucas Almeida at UFC on ESPN 58

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TIMOTHY CUAMBA VS LUCAS ALMEIDA FACTS

When is UFC on ESPN 58? Sunday 16th June, 2024 - 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 58? UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC on ESPN 58? Click here to buy tickets for UFC Fight Night

What channel is UFC on ESPN 58 on? TNT Sports 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 58? TNT Sports subscribers can stream the fight online via the TNT Sports website and Discovery+

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

TIMOTHY CUAMBA VS LUCAS ALMEIDA LOWDOWN

Timothy Cuamba (8-2) hopes for a smoother night at the office after a tough debut four months ago. He thought he did enough to earn a UFC contract after a unanimous decision win over Mateo Alejandro Vogel (2023) on the Contender Series. However, it was a TKO over Michael Stack (2024) that led to his debut against Bolaji Oki (2024). He was the underdog but took his fellow debutant to the wire in a split decision loss.

Now, he takes on Lucas Almeida (14-3) who is coming off two devastating losses. Big things were expected from the Brazilian after announcing himself into the UFC with a brilliant TKO over Mike Trizano (2022). However, Pat Sabatini (2023) submitted him before getting TKO’d by Andre Fili (2023) leaving him fighting for his place on the roster.

TIMOTHY CUAMBA VS LUCAS ALMEIDA PREDICTION

Both fighters can grapple although we hope this is contested on the feet where their strengths lay. Almeida will also prefer to duke it out on the feet especially as he will not have to worry about being taken down.

They are good strikers who both like to press the action. Almeida has experience against better fighters, but we have not seen enough to suggest he can blast through Cuamba. Cuamba will have gained a lot of confidence stepping up on short notice against Oki and doing enough for one judge to give him the nod.

We expect this to be a close battle going to the bell. We are backing Cuamba to edge the decision, but Almeida is worth a punt considering the odds.

Prediction: Cuamba via Decision

Value Bet: Almeida via Decision

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