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Live Coverage Of UFC Fight Night 62: Maia Vs. LaFlare

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 62’s main card.

The action takes place inside the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and airs on FOX Sports 1.

Originally, the card was to feature a No. 1 contender match in the bantamweight division between Urijah Faber and Raphael Assuncao. That, along with fighters Josh Thomson, Matt Wiman and Ben Saunders have all been lost.

In their place we will see Demian Maia try to ruin the unbeaten record of Ryan LaFlare in a welterweight contest, along with Josh Koscheck looking to snap a four-fight losing skid vs. Erick Silva in the co-main event.

Other planned bouts include Leonardo Santos vs. Tony Martin, Amanda Nunes vs. Shayna Baszler, Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira and Godofredo Castro vs. Andre Fili.

In early prelim action:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Fredy Serrano def. Bentley Syler via KO (strike) at 1:34 of Round 3

Christos Giagos def. Jorge de Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:12 of Round 1

Leonardo Mafra def. Cain Carrizosa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Leandro Silva def. Drew Dober via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:45 of Round 2

Kevin Souza def. Katsunori Kikuno via KO (strike) at 1:31 of Round 1

Francisco Trinaldo def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD

Godofredo Pepey vs. Andre Fili

We kick things off in the featherweight division with Godofredo Pepey (11-3) taking on Team Alpha Male’s Andre Fili (14-2).

Round 1: Good feeling out process to start with Pepey gaining the takedown off the body-lock. Fili, though, is right back to his feet and they clinch. Fili with a takedown, but he winds up locked up in an arm-triangle choke and it’s tight. Fili appeared to tap, but the ref didn’t see it and Pepey didn’t release. Fili is doing all the right things to defend the choke, but it’s still locked up with two minutes to go. As Fili tries to re-position himself and get out, the hold gets tighter and this one is all over.

Godofredo Pepey def. Andre Fili via submission (triangle choke) at 3:14 of Round 1

Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira

Instead of Josh Thomson, Gilbert Burns (9-0) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Alex Oliveira in a lightweight contest next. Burns is a four-time world jiu-jitsu champion, while Oliveira goes by the nickname “Cowboy” because of his past in the rodeo.

Round 1: Neither fighter really wanting to engage here early, but Burns scores with an inside trip and gets the takedown. He’s peppering him with sharp elbows inside the guard. Burns has a standing guillotine, but Oliveira gets free. Good exchanges and Burns is left with swelling thanks to the power of Oliveira. Huge uppercut just misses by Oliveira. Another uppercut and the swelling is getting worse around the left eye of Burns.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira

Round 2: Oliveira with another right, but he finds himself clinched against the fence by the powerful Burns. Oliveira denies the numerous trip-takedown attempts and they square off, with Oliveira throwing huge haymakers at him. Burns looks to be having trouble with his vision due to the numerous strikes being landed. He tries for another takedown and is denied, and now has blood pouring from his nose. He appears to be very tight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira

Round 3: Burns comes firing out of the gates and scores an easy takedown, transitioning quickly to the guard. Burns working hard to secure the submission, as his corner was very vocal about the first two rounds. Oliveira, though, is doing an excellent job of defending with his length. They are in an interesting situation, rolling and locked up. Burns, though, gains the mount with 80 seconds left. He slips a triangle in from mount, transitions to an armbar and back to the triangle. He loses the choke and has the armbar, which he gets after re-securing it. What a gutsy effort by Burns.

Gilbert Burns def. Alex Oliveira via submission (armbar) at 4:14 of Round 3

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