Pair of Main Card Parlays for UFC Fight Night 62 in Brazil

AMANDA-NUNESUFC Fight Night 62 Date: 03/21/15 Arena: Maracanazinho Gymnasium City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this Saturday night (Mar. 21st, 2015) with UFC Fight Night 62. The event will feature a 12-fight card that is to be headlined by a five-round welterweight tilt between the Brazilian Demian Maia and New York native Ryan LaFlare. Main card action gets underway on FOX Sports 1 at 10pm, with preliminary action preceding it on the same television channel at 8pm and a pair of bouts coming before that on UFC Fight Pass at 7pm ET. If interested in making this parlay, or any other wagers for this UFC fight card, you will be able to do so at Several Bookmakerss. Here are my main card parlays for UFC Fight Night 62: Welterweight bout: Demian Maia (+130) vs Ryan LaFlare (-160) Gabe’s Thoughts: Both welterweights are returning from extended layoffs, so ring-rust could play a role with them, resulting in a slow start to the fight. I am expecting LaFlare to keep this fight standing and use his superior striking to get the better of Maia on the feet, most likely en route to a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards. I would not be surprised to see him put away the tough-to-finish Brazilian, but I think a decision is more likely. While Maia has improved his striking and continues to make improvements in the department, I think LaFlare’s striking game has been improving at a higher rate, especially since teaming up with Blackzilian team head-striking coach Henry Hooft in Coconut Creek, Fl. I think this is a “make or break” fight for the undefeated New Yorker, who will travel to Brazil for his first UFC main event. Maia is LaFlare’s stiffest test to date, and I think he will pass it with flying colors. On enemy territory in Rio de Janeiro, I like LaFlare’s chances of staying undefeated this Saturday night. Gabe’s Call: LaFlare by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) Lightweight bout: Alex Oliveira (+370) vs Gilbert Burns (-510) Gabe’s Thoughts: Oliveira is a short notice replacement for the injured Josh Thomson and ahead of him waits the toughest test of his professional mixed martial arts career in the undefeated Burns. Taking this fight (especially on short notice) is a tall order for Oliveira, and I think he is going to come very short. Octagon jitters combined with the clear-as-day difference in skill-sets, I have trouble seeing this fight going the distance, much less making it out of the first round. Might not even take a minute. This is Burns’ fight to lose, and I can’t see that happening. I think he should be a -3500 favorite here, so there’s still a world of value at his current betting tag of -510. Not only is Oliveira not a threat to Burns, but I don’t think he is a UFC-caliber athlete. Gabe’s Call: Burns by Submission (rear naked choke, 1:01 round 1) Women’s Bantamweight bout: Amanda Nunes (-390) vs Shayna Baszler (+300) Gabe’s Thoughts: To put it simply, Nunes is the superior mixed martial artist heading into this contest, not to mention the more hungry fighter of the two. I think Nunes is in her prime, while Baszler is long past hers. I don’t see this fight lasting very long, as I expect Nunes to hurt Baszler and either T/KO or submit her. I expect Nunes to return to the win column in her native Brazil this Saturday night, and for the veteran Baszler, it’ll likely be a trip to the unemployment line after a long flight back home. Gabe’s Call: Nunes by Submission (rear naked choke, 2:13 round 1) Gabe’s Recommended Parlays: LaFlare (-160), Burns (-510) and Nunes (-390) at +144 for 5u to win 7.21u and Oliveira/Burns Under 1.5 rounds (+115) with Nunes/Baszler Under 1.5 rounds (+100) at +330 for 3u to win 9.9u

Written by Gabe Killian

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