June 20, 2024
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Rising Japanese star Tatsuro Taira books first UFC main event vs. Alex Perez on June 15

In need of a main event, the UFC is turning to what could be its next big Japanese star. Undefeated flyweight Tatsuro Taira has been booked to meet former title challenger Alex Perez in a UFC Fight Night headliner June 15 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A person with knowledge of the situation”, — write: mmajunkie.usatoday.com

In need of a main event, the UFC is turning to what could be its next big Japanese star.

Undefeated flyweight Tatsuro Taira has been booked to meet former title challenger Alex Perez in a UFC Fight Night headliner June 15 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie on Monday after it was initially reported by Marcel Dorff on X.

In order to book the main event, the UFC split a pair of matchups as Perez, No. 5 in the official UFC flyweight rankings, originally was slated to fight Tagir Ulanbekov on June 15, while No. 13 Taira was supposed to face Joshua Van on June 1 at UFC 302. As a result, Ulanbekov and Van will square off on the June 15 UFC Fight Night lineup.

Since joining the UFC in 2022, Taira, 24, is 5-0 with three stoppages. He most recently defeated Carlos Hernandez by second-round TKO last December to push his overall record to 15-0.

Perez, 32, will make a relatively quick turnaround as he’s coming off a second-round knockout of Matheus Nicolau on April 27. The victory snapped a three-fight skid, which included a title-fight loss to then-champion Deiveson Figueiredo.

Below is the current UFC Fight Night lineup for July 15:

  • Alex Perez vs. Tatsuro Taira
  • Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Joshua Van
  • Ikram Aliskerov vs. Andre Muniz
  • Jimmy Flick vs. Nate Maness
  • Adam Fugitt vs. Josh Quinlan
  • Gabriella Fernandes vs. Carli Judice
  • Josefine Knutsson vs. Julia Polastri
  • Garrett Armfield vs. Brady Hiestand
  • Jeka Saragih vs. Westin Wilson
  • Asu Almabaev vs. Jose Johnson
  • Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Miles Johns
  • Lucas Almeida vs. Tim Cuamba

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