Maia takes on LaFlare at UFC Fight Night 62
March 21, 2015 3:00 AM
by Alan Berg
UFC Fight Night 62 heads to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Demian Maia tries to climb the welterweight ladder by trying to takeout undefeated Ryan LaFlare in the main event.
The betting line for the fight shows LaFlare (14-0) as a small -140 favorite. Maia is the gritty veteran, he just can’t seem to beat the elite fighters in the UFC.
Maia has losses to Rory MacDonald, Jake Shields, Chris Weidman, and Anderson Silva. Maia is as battle tested as anyone in UFC, so the question becomes, is LaFlare elite or another overrated prospect?
LaFlare has four fights in the UFC and has won them all by decision, that doesn’t bode well for his future. If you choose to use this fight, I recommend Maia.
The co-feature looks at rising contender Erick Silva versus Josh Koscheck, who took the fight on short notice after getting choked out by Jake Ellenberger on Feb 28th.
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Erick Silva ($5,300) – Silva gets a walkover fight as he faces Josh Koscheck who is filling in for Ben Saunders. Silva is on a roll while Koscheck is just trying to hang on to his UFC job. Although Koscheck will fight his best, the quality that Silva brings is too much for the UFC falling veteran. Projection: SUB 1.
Diamonds in the Rough
Godofredo Pepey ($4,500) – Pepey is definitely in the Rough. Although he has won two UFC fights in a row, he was coming off a two-fight losing streak both via first round knockout. Against Andre Filli, he fights a fighter also looking to prove himself in the octogan. Pepey will try to use his grappling and take the fight to the ground. Projection: Split decision victory.
Leandro Silva ($4,600) – Although Drew Dober has a decent takedown defense, I still see Silva getting him to the ground and finding a way to make him tapout. Projection: SUB 2.
Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter: @vegasberserker Contact him at ABerg@GamingToday.com.