100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Godofredo Castro - 93.8
2. Erick Silva - 93.7
3. Amanda Nunes - 92.1
4. Edimilson Souza - 91.8
5. Leonardo Santos - 91.2
6. Francisco Trinaldo - 91.1
7. Leonardo Mafra Texeira - 90.8
8. Demian Maia - 90.5
9. Fredy Serrano - 90.2
10. Gilbert Burns - 90.2
UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Elevation: 1,675'
-Fight of the Night-
Godofredo Castro vs. Andre Fili
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.0
     This fight was kind of pointless, and the first two rounds were pretty boring. Serrano knocked Syler to the ground once in the first round, and secured a nice takedown. Syler probably won the second round, but it was a boring round. The third round had Serrano throwing an uppercut, that knocked Syler out cold, and then the most exciting part of the fight was when the referee dove in and tackled Serrano to stop the fight. Nice KO victory for Serrano, but not a very good fight overall.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Eduardo Herdy is a terrible referee. With that being said, Giagos took the fight to the ground early, beat the shit out of Oliveira on the ground for several minutes, and then he whipped around and locked on a slick rear-naked choke, Oliveira tapped out, Giagos continued to crank, the referee twiddled his thumbs for a little while, refusing to accept that a Brazilian was tapping, but eventually, Oliveira went into panic mode, and tapped like crazy, while simultaneously falling asleep, so the referee was forced to stop the fight. On the plus side though, Giagos looked really solid in this fight.
      Going into this fight, I had at least 100 guys ranked higher than either of these fighters, in the 155 division. With that being said, entering the octagon with an 0-2 record in the UFC, Leonardo Mafra pretty much beat the shit out of Carrizosa for 15 minutes. Carrizosa looked decent in the first round, but for the most part, this was a very one-sided fight, and Mafra looked pretty decent. Congrats for the unanimous decision victory.
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
      Say what? Drew Dober beat up Silva in the first round, showing some solid boxing skills. Silva took him to the ground in the second round, went for a rear-naked choke, Dober escaped, Silva went for a sloppy guillotine from half guard, there was no way he was going to finish the fight that way, and as soon as Dober escaped the guillotine, the referee grabbed Dober's arm, assumed he fell asleep, and stopped the fight. SAY WHAT!?! This was one of the worst robberies I've seen in a long time. Drew Dober clearly won the first round, the second round would have gone to Silva, and this fight should have definitely gone to a third round. The referee, Eduardo Herdy, needs to stay the fuck away from MMA, because he clearly has no idea what the fuck he's doing. I really hope Dober disputes this decision, and somehow gets it declared a No Contest or something.
      That was sort of interesting. Souza hopped around quite a bit, in sort of a wide legged spider stance. Kikuno sort of lowered his stance, maybe to shoot for a takedown? Souza punched him in the face, and knocked him to the ground, he then punched him in the face again, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. Pretty exciting win for Edimilson Souza.
      This was a pretty one-sided beating, and that's kind of what I expected going into it, considering I had Trinaldo ranked close to the Top 10 at 155, and Akbarh Arreola is somewhere closer to 59 or so. With that being said, Trinaldo beat him up, took him to the ground repeatedly, and pounded out a 15 minute unanimous decision victory. Nice win for Trinaldo, but bad matchup for Akbarh.
(Triangle Choke)
      Flying triangle? FUCK YEAH! This fight started, they clinched against the fence, Castro shot up into the air, and locked on a tight triangle choke, Fili tried to slam him but failed to deliver any real impact, and for a couple of minutes, Castro continued to crank on that triangle, while throwing elbows, and eventually Fili was forced to submit. Fucking AWESOME submission, and nice first round finish, by Godofredo "Pepey" Castro!
      Well, that was interesting. "Cowboy" Alex Oliveira basically beat up Burns with his boxing, for the first 10 minutes of this fight. It looked like this was going to be a pretty clear unanimous decision victory for Oliveira, until the third round started, and Burns was able to take the fight to the ground, where he locked on a tight omoplata, and held it for a LOOOONG time, and eventually they rolled around, Oliveira tried to escape, and Burns finished him with an armbar. Pretty awesome comeback by Gilbert Burns, and an impressive display of Jiu-Jitsu as well.
(Leg Kick)
      Well shit... Shayna Baszler is one of my favorite "characters" in female fighting, but her career inside the UFC has been a huge disappointment so far. Amanda Nunes pretty much destroyed her with kicks to the leg in the first minute or so of this fight, she rocked her with some hard punches, and a kick to the chest, and then finished it with one last hard leg kick to the knee, causing Baszler to crumble to the ground, wincing in pain. Amanda Nunes is legit, but SHIT I'm disappointed that Baszler went out like that.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Well, this fight was pretty high on the card, for being a couple of guys that should probably be buried a little deeper than this. BUT! With that being said, Tony Martin pretty clearly won the first round, mostly just by applying pressure to Santos. The second round had Santos throwing Martin to the ground, where he absolutely dominated him with his Jiu-Jitsu skills, and then finished the fight via rear-naked choke. Nice victory for Leonardo Santos.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Wow... That really sucks for Koscheck... As usual, he looked pretty decent in this fight, but Silva kind of kicked his ass with strikes, and eventually choked him out with a guillotine in the first round. So... This makes 5 straight losses for Koscheck. I understand that he is sort of a "UFC Fighter 4 Life" or whatever, but holy shit man, I think the lifespan of his career is tapping out. Granted, he ONLY fights top guys, so... I'll cut him a little bit of slack there, but 5 straight losses is pretty bad, and has to be heartbreaking, considering he was a title contender before that downward spiral. Erick Silva on the other hand, looked awesome, and this probably puts him somewhere in the Top 10 at 170.
      This fight was the main event eh? Hmmm... Anyway... Demian Maia absolutely dominated LaFlare for the first 4 rounds, taking him to the ground, and smothering him for 20 minutes. Once the fifth round started, Maia was clearly exhausted, so LaFlare was able to score back some points, and a point was even deducted by the referee at the end of the fight (from Maia), because Maia kept falling down and trying to take a nap, basically stalling the clock. So yeah, nice win for Maia I guess, but... Pretty lame main event.