After an absolutely thrilling weekend of fights last weekend, UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare feels like a bit of a letdown. Granted it’s a free card available on Fox Sports 1 with prelims on Fox Sports 2, but honestly it just lacks sizzle.

With March Madness’ Round of 32 taking place this weekend, the UFC really didn’t do themselves any favors. There are a few interesting matchups but nothing that is going to draw the casual fan in, especially with the college basketball tournament in full swing.

The UFC is working tirelessly to grow their brand worldwide, but sometimes less is more and UFC Fight Night 62 is a great example of that. For most fans this is going to be a throwaway card that few will tune in to watch live.
Even though the card isn’t stellar, the three top billed bouts will definitely be worth the watch.

Leonardo Santos vs. Tony Martin

The UFC lightweight division is stacked from top to bottom with fierce talent. It is by far the most competitive and cutthroat division in all of MMA and to become an established commodity in the division, fighters can’t bring anything less than excellence to the table. TUF Brazil 2 welterweight winner Leonardo Santos and talented up and comer Tony Martin are both looking to establish their presence in the lightweight division.

Both men are known for their abilities in the ground game but Santos is head and shoulders above Martin’s skill set. A four-time BJJ world champion Santos should own Martin on the mat.

Pick: Santos via second round Submission

Erick Silva vs. Josh Koscheck

If Josh Koscheck were a few years younger, this co-main event bout between him and Erick Silva would be really intriguing. But at 37, Koscheck’s best years are long gone – as seen by his four consecutive losses – and Silva is in the prime of his career.

Silva has struggled with inconsistency over the course of his UFC career; he has yet to win back-to-back fights in the Octagon. But he talent is undeniable and Koscheck is ripe for the picking.

Pick: Silva via first round TKO/KO

Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare

The main event of the evening features a welterweight bout between legendary grappler Demian Maia and undefeated up and comer Ryan LaFlare. This is an important bout for LaFlare because while he has yet to lose a bout, he doesn’t have a marquee win on his resume.

As long as LaFlare can keep this fight standing he should be able to cruise to a victory. Maia needs this fight to hit the ground and his takedown game has never been spectacular. Between LaFlare’s wrestling background and athleticism, he should be able to avoid Maia’s takedown attempts.

Pick: LaFlare via Unanimous Decision

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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.