UFC Fight Night 62: Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare Highlights

Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare Highlights

Predicted by many to be the biggest feather in the cap of undefeated No. 14-ranked welterweight Ryan aFlare’s growing resume, 37-year-old former title challenger Demian Maia instead put on a dominant performance to score a crucial win in the main event of last night’s (Sat., March 21, 2015) UFC Fight Night 62 from the Macaranazinho Gymnasium from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Although it wasn’t necessarily the most exciting win of all-time, it was impressive in that Maia outwrestled touted mat technician LaFlare with a dominating mix of new double legs and top control. Nearly finishing the fight with an arm triangle at one point, he couldn’t close the door on the tough LaFlare, yet he still showed that his world-class Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can give any top welterweight headaches.

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LaFlare never really got started until his strikes were finding a home in the final frame, and by that point it was already too late. Maia was extremely gassed, something he’ll have to shore up if he truly wants to make one last title run.

He’s not going to get there with wins like the one he picked up last night, but for now, he’s put an end to LaFlare’s hype for the time being. Check out the highlights of Maia’s smothering win:

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