After a wild weekend of fights where not one but two UFC titles switched hands at UFC 185 fight fans can look forward to even more action this weekend. On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the UFC heads to the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare.

While UFC Fight Night 62 isn’t nearly as intriguing as many fans would like, there are a few fights with solid potential. From a gambler’s perspective this is the type of card you look to because it offers up safe plays for solid returns.

Leonardo Santos, -125 vs. Tony Martin, -105

The lightweight bout between Santos and Martin should be a grappling fan’s dream as both men are at their best when the fight hits the mat. The problem for Martin though is Santos is one of the best pure grapplers in MMA today. The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 winner is a four-time BJJ world champion and Santos’ technical wizardry will simply be too much for Martin.

Play: Take Santos to win

Erick Silva, -450 vs. Josh Koscheck, +330

Originally Silva was slated to face Ben Saunders in the co-main event of the evening, but due to an injury, Saunders had to pull out and has been replaced for long time veteran Koscheck. A loser of four straight Koscheck desperately needs to win this bout. It will be interesting to see how his body responds considering he just fought at UFC 184 on February 28, 2015.

This is a great opportunity for Silva, a fighter who has shown great promise but inconsistency. Since joining the UFC, Silva has never won back-to-back fights. This is his opportunity to put a win streak together and gain some momentum in one of the UFC’s deepest divisions.

Play: Take Silva to win and at -140 play Under 1 ½ rounds on the prop bet

Demain Maia, +125 vs. Ryan LaFlare, -155

The main event of the evening features a classic grappler vs. striker bout between Maia and LaFlare. Even though LaFlare has shown an ability to grapple against Maia, he must keep the fight standing. Maia is one of the most skilled BJJ players in the sport, but his takedown game is not very strong.

As long as LaFlare is able to shake the takedowns, he should be able to pick Maia apart on the feet. This is a huge step up in competition for LaFlare, but with his athleticism and wrestling background he should be able to pass the test Maia will provide.

Play: Take LaFlare to win

Odds provided by BestFightOdds.com

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.