Ryan LaFlare on UFC Fight Night 62 fight against Demian Maia: This is my coming out party

The main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 62 in Brazil will feature UFC veteran Demian Maia meeting undefeated welterweight Ryan LaFlare in a scheduled five round bout.

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LaFlare (11-0) made his UFC debut in 2013 and has scored decision victories over Ben Alloway, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Court McGee, and John Howard in his four UFC fights.

Saturday night will mark the second time that LaFlare fights in Brazil and his first fight came in 2013 against Ponzinibbio.

During his appearance on UFC Tonight yesterday, LaFlare was asked about if it helps that he’s already fought and won in Brazil.

“Yes. I know my ADD comes to positive affect for once,” LaFlare said. “I can channel all that stuff out and focus on the fight.”

LaFlare is currently ranked as the #15 title contender in the UFC rankings and Maia is currently ranked at #7. After his victory over Howard, LaFlare called out Maia and it’s nothing personal, he just wanted to fight a higher ranked guy.

“Nothing personal, he was the only one available in the top 10,” he said. “He’s where I want to be. Sorry bud, got to get out of my way.”

The fighter born out of Lindenhurst, New York spends half of his time training in his home state and spends the other half of his training at the Blackzilian camp in Boca Raton, Florida. He credits is initially coach for making him the fighter he is today, but admitted that Blackzilian coach Henry Hooft for taking him to another level.

He plans to show how Hooft has taken him to another level on Saturday when he meets Maia. He plans for this fight to be his coming out party and getting the biggest victory of his career.

“I’m fighting my stride,” LaFlare said. “This is my coming out party. I’m going to get it done. I want to keep getting better with all my fights. It ends with my hand in the air. I’m locked in right now and I can’t see myself losing at anything.”