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ufc fight night 62

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:


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)


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

demetrious johnson

Demetrious Johnson was a guest on Wednesday night’s episode of “UFC Tonight” to discuss his upcoming flyweight title defense vs. Kyoji Horiguchi.

Johnson, the only person to hold the 125-pound title, has successfully defeated Chris Cariaso, Ali Bagautinov, Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga and John Dodson since winning the title in 2012 in a tournament finale vs. Benavidez.

He’s unbeaten since 2011 when he lost to then-bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for the title, going 7-0-1 over the last four years. In facing Horiguchi, “Mighty Mouse” admitted he’s looking for another finish.

“He’s a great fighter,” Johnson said. “He uses a lot of movement and space between him and his opponent, and he covers distance fast.

“I need to put my hands on him and get him in the clinch, take him down, try to knock him out or submit him.”

Recently, former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo made his flyweight debut with the UFC and scored a victory over Cariaso. Johnson knows he could be fast-tracked to a title shot due to his own recent dominance in the division.

“He looked good against a tough opponent,” he said. “I saw a couple of holes in his game. This is his first fight at flyweight. There are many different roads to the title.

“Will he take the tougher road against Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson? Probably not.”

As for that “super-fight” vs. bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, Johnson reiterated that he’s set his demands in place.

“That’s the word on the street,” he said. “Everyone wants to see that fight. I’m focused on Horiguchi. If Dana White wants that fight, I’ve mentioned the magic number and we’ll go from there.”

ufc 186

Flash back to August of last year.

Joe Soto was preparing to make his long-awaited UFC debut against Anthony Birchak at UFC 177.

Then, just hours before stepping on the scale for weigh-ins, Soto was asked to make the move from the prelims to the pay-per-view main event, taking on bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw for the title.

It all happened so fast for Soto, a former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion, that he’s still trying to come to grasp with everything as he prepares to make his second venture inside the Octagon soon.

Soto (15-3) lost to Dillashaw via fifth round knockout, but proved to many that he is a legitimate contender in the 135-pound division by taking the champion deep into the fight on extremely short notice.

“I’ve watched the fight a few times,” said Soto, during a recent interview with “I have mixed feelings about it, but considering the circumstances, I thought I did good.

“I’m still just disappointed that I didn’t win and that I got caught with that kick in the last round. But that’s MMA and (expletive) happens. T.J.’s a great fighter.

“There were definitely a few things I could have done different that I think would have changed the fight result. The good thing is that I will learn from that loss and come back a better and smarter fighter.”

The former two-time All-American at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Soto won six in a row to earn his ticket to the UFC. He stopped five of those opponents, including four via submission. Among those victims were Terrion Ware, Jeremiah Labiano, Cory Vom Baur, Chad George and Chris David, along with a decision victory over Romeo McCovey.

ufc rankings

Behind a dominating five-round decision victory over Anthony Pettis, new UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos finds himself ranked ninth in the overall pound-for-pound Top-15.

Dos Anjos won the belt this past weekend and immediately entered the rankings. The loss dropped Pettis to No. 10 overall.

Cain Velasquez, Ronda Rousey, T.J. Dillashaw and Robbie Lawler all benefited from the change, moving up.

Alistair Overeem climbed to eighth in the heavyweight division after defeating Roy Nelson, though he still remains ahead of Ben Rothwell, who knocked him out last year. Nelson fell to 10th.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Fabio Maldonado flipped for 12th at 205 pounds, while Thales Leites and Michael Bisping did the same for ninth at 185.

Kelvin Gastelum moved ahead of Jake Ellenberger and into 10th at welterweight, while Ryan LaFlare and Gunnar Nelson flipped for 14th. At lightweight, Edson Barboza and Myles Jury each moved ahead of Josh Thomson and into seventh and eighth, respectively.

Atop the featherweight rankings, Chad Mendes moved back ahead of Frankie Edgar and into the role of No. 1 contender to Jose Aldo, while Mitch Gagnon and Alex Caceres switched 14th and 15th at bantamweight.

The flyweight division saw Henry Cejudo debut this past weekend and best Chris Cariaso, and he was rewarded by being ranked 10th. Jussier Formiga and John Moraga flipped for fourth, while Cariaso, Tim Elliott and Wilson Reis each fell.

Heather Clark and Seohee Ham each moved up a position in the women’s strawweight division, while Paige VanZant and Angela Hill fell one spot each. At 135 pounds, Germaine de Randamie jumped Raquel Pennington for 14th.

ufc fight night

The Octagon heads to Brazil this coming Saturday night with UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare.

In the main event, Demian Maia takes on Ryan LaFlare on FOX Sports 1.

The current lineup, along with Maia and LaFlare discussing their fight, can be found below:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare

Welterweight: Ben Saunders vs. Erick Silva

Lightweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira

Lightweight: Tony Martin vs. Leonardo Santos

Female Bantamweight: Shayna Baszler vs. Amanda Nunes

Featherweight: Godofredo Pepey vs. Andre Fili


Lightweight: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Akbarh Arreola

Featherweight: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Kevin Souza

Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva

Lightweight: Cain Carrizosa vs. Leonardo Mafra


Lightweight: Christos Giagos vs. Jorge de Oliveira

Flyweight: Fredy Serrano vs. Bentley Syler

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