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MMA Betting: UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 3/11/2015 8:53:30 PM

On Saturday March 21 UFC Fight Night will be hosting its first ever card in Brazil at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro. Originally the headline match was going to feature local Raphael Assuncao but due to injury his match against Urijah Faber has been put on hold. Instead they moved up the match between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare up to the main event. Not to worry, there are still lots of local faces on the card.

Maia is a home grown talent too so at least the new feature match has that going for it. He should be the favourite given that he is 10th in the welterweight rankings while LaFlare is still making a name for himself and undefeated at 11-0. His last four fights have been won by unanimous decision but if I am going to back someone I prefer those fighters who are more likely to knock out their opponent. That is not Maia. He has lost two of his last three fights, which were all decisions. I hate letting the scorers have that much control over my money.

The main undercard also features an undefeated fighter, 9-0 Gilbert Burns, vs Alex Oliveira (he only has one loss). Both fighters are locals but neither is as accomplished as another Brazilian, Rafael dos Anjos, who is headlining the next pay per view card this weekend. Whichever of these fighters gets the victory will have the better chance to achieve the status of dos Anjos (third in the weight class rankings). Though he has the one loss, Oliveira has been better at putting opponents away with eight of his 10 victories being by knockout.

One name that is very familiar to the crowd is Leandro Silva. The lightweight has built up an impressive 17-2 record but will need to keep winning if he wants to climb the rankings. He is another one of those fighters who just doesn’t dominate, winning primarily by submission. His opponent will be smily American farmbo Drew Dober - he desperately needs a tough nickname. He also needs another win after dropping two of his previous three fights. With both of these guys being “submission” fighters this one will have a lot of jockeying for position throughout the fight.

If you are into hairstyles you probably want to check out the bout between Andre “Touchy” Fili and local Godofredo Castro. Fili sports a pretty nasty mohawk while Castro has his hair dyed (assuming) fire engine red. They are not bad fighters either with a combined record of 25-5. Castro is still looking to prove he belongs among the better fighters as he has only split his last six fights. The crowd will definitely be on his side and perhaps that gives him an edge.

This is probably one of the least hyped cards in a while. The lines have yet to be released but that fact probably means there might not be as much action so if you are someone who likes to play line moves you might be disappointed. If you like the odds then I suggest you get in early.


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