The main event on UFC Fight Night 62 is Demain Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare.

Maia is 19-6 in his professional mixed martial arts career and is currently ranked #7 in the welterweight division. He is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Alexander Yakovlev on May 31, 2014. Before the victory over Yakovlev, Maia lost by unanimous decision to Rory MacDonald, who fights for the welterweight belt on July 11, 2015, at UFC 189. Along with Rory, Maia has fought some top UFC fighters like, Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva, and Chael Sonnen. Even though he has fought some of the top guys in the UFC, this may be his biggest fight of his career. A win here should allow him to get a fight with someone in the top five, and if he beats someone in the top five, he could have another chance to fight for a belt.

Maia is taking on LaFlare who brings a professional record of 11-0. He is currently 4-0 in the UFC and before entering the UFC; LaFlare was 7-0, with seven finishes in his professional career. However, he has yet to finish an opponent in the UFC with all of his victories coming by unanimous decision, but will be looking to finally get one against Maia. One big problem though: LaFlare has never really fought someone with a resume like Maia. This will be his biggest test in the UFC octagon, and if he can beat Maia, he will show that he deserves bigger fights.

Here are the keys to victory for Maia:

Use His Experience:

Like I said, LaFlare has never really fought someone with the track record Maia has. That is something that Maia needs to use to his advantage. He needs to be confident that his experience will help push him past LaFlare and get him a fight in the top five.

Defend The Takedown:

LaFlare has had four fights in the UFC and has a combined nineteen takedowns. The lowest amount of takedowns he has had in a fight was four and the highest was six. He has relied on his takedown and in his last fight against John Howard; he shot for his first takedown thirty seconds into the first round. Maia needs to not let LaFlare control the fight with his takedowns and make sure he can defend them if he is going to walk away with a victory.

Use His BJJ Black Belt:

Maia has one of the greatest ground games in the UFC. One of my favorite fights that showcased this was his submission victory over Rick Story. Maia took him down early and worked to get his back. Once he got Story’s back, everyone knew it was a matter of time before Maia ended the fight. Maia won by submission with a neck crank and flashed his amazing BJJ skills. The only thing, that was Maia’s last submission victory, which was in 2012. Maia needs to use his BJJ and go back to what he is great at if he wants to walk away with a victory on Saturday night.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.