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UFC ON ESPN 47: Raoni Barcelos vs Miles Johns 06/17/2023 Picks, Tips and Forecast

UFC ON ESPN 47: Barcelos vs Johns 06/17/2023 – Bantamweight fighters Raoni Barcelos and Miles Johns figure in a three-round clash that is part of the UFC on ESPN 47 main card. Matches in the main card is slated to start at 10:00 PM ET on Saturday, June 17, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barcelos looks to halt his four-fight funk where he has gone 1-3 while Johns aims to continue his mini-run where he has won three of his last four fights. The Brazilian fighter is coming off a one-round knockout loss to Umar Nurmagamedov in January while Johns won his last fight against Vince Morales in November last year. Despite the good record, the American is the underdog in online sports betting sites and he seeks to prove them wrong with a win on Saturday night.

UFC ON ESPN 47: Barcelos vs Johns 06/17/2023

When:Saturday, June 17, 10:00 PM ET
Where:UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Stream:UFC Fight Pass

UFC ON ESPN 47: Barcelos vs Johns 06/17/2023 Odds

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Raoni Barcelos-211Miles Johns+181

Main Card

Raoni Barcelos

Barcelos (17-4, 6-3 UFC) started his UFC stint like a house on fire, winning his first five fights over Kurt Holobaugh, Chris Gutierrez, Carlos Huachin, Said Nurmagomedov and Khalid Taha. He stumbled in his next two fights, losing to Timur Valiev and Victor Henry. The Rio de Janeiro native snapped the skid when he won over Trevin Jones in October last year. He made his return three months later but he fell prey to Umar Nurmagamedov’s punches and kicks and was knocked out in just one round.

Statistics wise, Barcelos recorded 10 stoppages, including eight knockouts. The Brazilian landed 5.69 significant strikes per minute at a 52% accuracy rate. He has received 5.06 strikes per minute and his defense rate is 61%. Grappling wise, Barcelos has normed 1.63 takedowns per 15 minutes and 41% proficient in his attempts. The Brazilian was a great takedown defender in his past UFC fights and is coming to this fight with a defense rate of 93%. As Barcelos’ forte is striking, his submission average is just 0.41 per 15 minutes.

Miles Johns

Johns (13-2, 4-2 UFC) opened his MMA account with 10 straight wins, including a split decision win over Cole Smith in his UFC debut. Although he stumbled in his next bout against Mario Bautista, the Newton native strung up three wins in his next four matches against Kevin Natividad, Anderson dos Santos and Vince Morales. During that winning run, Johns was awarded Performance of the Night post-match bonuses in two of those victories as both fights ended by knockout in his favor. The American likes to continue the winning streak against Barcelos, knowing that another victory would put him in the bubble for the 155-pound rankings.

Johns has six finishes in 13 of his wins, with four coming by KO. He has two submission wins in the early part of his career. The American has landed an average of 3.63 significant strikes per minute at an accuracy rate of 48%. His defense is great as he has absorbed 2.85 strikes per minute and has avoided 69% of the strikes attempted against him. In terms of grappling, Johns is excellent in takedown defense with a 92% success rate. However, he needs to improve on his takedown offense as he has managed just 0.86 takedowns per 15 minutes and a pedestrian 19% takedown accuracy rate.

Barcelos vs Johns Betting Numbers

Raoni Barcelos
Miles Johns
Last FightLossWin
Weight (lbs)145134
Reach (in)66″65″
Win by KO/TKO47%31%
Win by Submission12%15%
Strikes landed per minute5.77N/A
Striking accuracy53%N/A
Striking absorbed per minute4.85N/A
Striking defense63%N/A
Takedown average2.46N/A
Takedown accuracy71%N/A
Takedown defense75%N/A
Submission average0.98N/A

Barcelos vs Johns Betting Picks

Both fighters have impressive records going into their matchup and Barcelos is picked as favorite to win, as per websites that keep abreast of the latest UFC fight picks and parlays. Despite losing three of his last four matches, the Brazilian has been better in terms of statistics and quality of opponents. He will have no problems in defeating Johns in this match unless the American has something in his sleeve that will surprise everyone in the octagon. Johns needs to step up a notch as he is facing his biggest challenge yet in the UFC.

It will be a make or break match for the American and he needs to outsmart Barcelos to stand a chance of winning in this encounter. As for the prediction? Barcelos is expected to clinch an easy victory in this one and this will put him back in the discussion about the best fighters in the lightweight division.