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Fight Night 62 Aftermath/Results: Maia Dominates LaFlare, Koscheck & Baszler Edge Closer to Retirement in Night of Thrilling Finishes

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Fight Night 62 was one of those cards that, while appearing just abysmal on paper, actually turned out to be a rather entertaining affair. I mean, sure, the main card broadcast dragged along at it’s typical sloth-like pace — something that the UFC desperately needs to change but sadly never will — and the main event wasn’t exactly the kind of barnburner we’ve come to expect from a Demian Maia fight (sarcasm), but Fight Night 62 more than made up for its lack of name power with exciting finishes. It was also a card that signaled the (competitive) end of at least two MMA careers and the possible resurgence of another, so join us after the jump for a full breakdown of what went down in Rio over the weekend.


UFC on FOX 9 Results: Johnson Devastates Benavidez via Brutal KO, Faber Dominates and Submits McDonald

(And that’s the end of that chapter. Photo via Getty)

For an event that was initially much better on paper and seemed certain to disappoint, UFC on FOX 9 came through. The card was entertaining and ended in one of the best knockouts in recent memory.

The notable happenings on the prelims.

Sam Stout out-pointed Cody McKenzie, tenderizing the grappler’s liver and body throughout the 15-minute contest. The bashing of McKenzie’s body wasn’t the most interesting part though. No, the most interesting highlight from the fight was McKenzie wearing sponsor-less shorts with the price tag still hanging off them. Apparently, he showed up without shorts or even a mouthpiece. Pretty sad.

Zach Makovsky defeated Scott Jorgensen via decision. Interestingly enough, Makovsky—a former Bellator champ—didn’t have to prove himself in WSOF to get a shot in the UFC. Funny how things work out like that, isn’t it?

Pat Healy dropped a unanimous decision to Bobby Green. The crowd booed the announcement (or maybe they were saying boo-urns). The decision wasn’t horrible although it was pretty clear Green didn’t win all three rounds (but somehow 2/3 judges thought he did).

Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo elevated the card’s energy level. In the first round, Castillo ran over Barboza like a freight train. He floored the Brazilian striker, unleashed vicious ground-and-pound, and nearly choked him out. Somehow, Barboza survived the torrent of offense and even managed to reverse his fortunes in the second round. In that frame, Barboza made use of leg and body kicks to stymie Castillo and nearly finish him. The third round was a little closer and slower-paced. Barboza walked away with a majority decision.

In the last preliminary fight, rising star and late replacement Ryan LaFlare carved up Court McGee‘s face with pinpoint striking. The Long Islander outworked McGee until the third round, where he started to gas a little bit. But LaFlare’s work in the first two rounds was enough to secure a unanimous decision.

Get the main card recap after the jump.


Ryan LaFlare Rolls the Dice, Will Fight Court McGee at UFC on FOX 9 After Five-Week Layoff

(Ryan sticks out like a tall white guy in a room full of Blackzilians. I really want that saying to catch on. / Photo via @RLaFlare)

Let me start with an embarrassing admission: As I was checking out the UFC Fight Night 32 card last week, I was shocked to learn that welterweight Ryan LaFlare was not in fact making his UFC debut that night. Apparently he’d beaten Ben Alloway by decision on the prelims of the Mousasi vs. Latifi* card in April. I had no idea; I’d never heard of the dude before. Anyway, LaFlare is now 2-0 in the UFC (following his decision win against Santiago Ponzinibbio over the weekend), and has a chance to move to 3-0 next month when he fights Court McGee at UFC on FOX 9.

That’s right folks, LaFlare has agreed to step up as a short-notice injury replacement for Kelvin Gastelum, who was forced out of his scheduled match with McGee earlier this week due to a torn knee ligament. Considering that UFC on FOX 9 is scheduled for December 14th, LaFlare will have just five weeks between fights. It’s a gamble, but it’s one that a relatively anonymous 9-0 prospect can afford to make. If he wins, he’s just beaten a TUF winner on a televised card. If he loses…wait, who the hell is Ryan LaFlare again? This is the Long Island native’s opportunity to make his name. Considering that he’s already 30 years old — and was completely inactive from 2011-2012 — the dude needs to make some hay while the sun is shining, so to speak.

And in case you missed the update to our post about Kelvin Gastelum and Jamie Varner’s injuries, Bobby Green is also making a quick turnaround for the 12/14 card. Following his controversial TKO win against James Krause at Fight for the Troops 3, he’ll be filling in for Varner against Pat Healy.

* Hey Joe Silva, are you gonna book Ilir Latifi’s follow-up match any time soon, or what? The Latifi Nation can’t wait any longer.