On Saturday, March 21, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare from the Maracanazinho Gymnasium inRio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the night’s main event, former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia continued his run at welterweight as he took on Ryan LaFlare. The Brazilian Maia got back in the win column in May with a unanimous decision win over Alexander Yakovlev. That win snapped a two-fight skid. LaFlare, meanwhile, had amassed 11 wins to kick off his career, including four straight inside the Octagon. The New York fighter had stopped seven of his wins before the final bell.
The co-main event featured another former title challenger in Josh Koscheck, who stepped in on short notice to take on Erick Silva. The veteran Koscheck suffered his fourth straight loss at UFC 184 just three weeks ago, but replaced an injured Ben Saunders. Brazil’s Silva had alternated wins and losses over his nine-fight UFC career and looked to build on the momentum of his 75-second submission of Mike Rhodes in December.
The 12-fight event kicked off Saturday with two bouts streaming on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card airing live at 10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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