With Urijah Faber left without an opponent for UFC Fight Night Brazil on March 21st, the co-main event of the card between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare has now been promoted to the main event of the evening. Faber was scheduled to face Rafael Assuncao, however Assuncao has not been able to heal an ankle injury, and the UFC could not find a replacement for Faber.
Maia (19-6) has won four of his last six fights since dropping down to the welterweight division, including a recent victory over Alexander Yakovlev at UFC Fight Night-Miocic vs. Maldonado. Maia is currently ranked seventh on the top 15 UFC welterweight ranks.
LaFlare remains a perfect 11-0 overall and 4-0 in the UFC, with all victories coming by decision. LaFlare has cracked the top 15 welterweight ranks at number 15. The card will air free on March 21.
UFC Fight Night 62
- Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare
- Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Burns
- Ben Saunders vs. Erick Silva
- Matt Wiman vs. Leonardo Santos
- Cain Carrizosa vs. Leonardo Mafra Teixeira
- Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva
- Francisco Trinaldo vs. Akbarh Arreola
- Amanda Nunes vs. Shayna Baszler
- Godofredo Pepey vs. Andre Fili