Maia vs. LaFlare Free Pick
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (The Spread) – It will be a welterweight clash tonight in Brazil when Demian Maia faces off with Ryan LaFlare. Which fighter will come out on top?
Maia (19-6) will be fighting in his home country to face the unbeaten LaFlare (11-0). Both of these men tend to angle toward grappling, with LaFlare using more of a wrestling base and Maia using jiu-jitsu. This bout is schedule to go five, five-minute rounds, so conditioning could play a big role in determining the winner.
The latest odds according to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv have LaFlare as the favorite in this contest, as he is getting odds of -145 to prevail while Maia is the underdog with odds of +115 to win. These two will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night tonight. The event airs live on Fox Sports 1 at 10PM ET.
On paper, LaFlare certainly has the skills to win this fight. He is a very strong and compact fighter that has probably out-wrestled strong men than Maia. However, Maia is a big welterweight and he doesn’t mind fighting off his back with his jiu-jitsu skills. Maia is the more experienced fighter and has been in the spotlight before. LaFlare is fighting in a main event for the first time and doing it in Maia’s home country. All of those things seem to be working against him. Look for Maia to eventually use his experience and jiu-jitsu skills to earn a late submission.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT FREE PICK: Demian Maia +115