As far as Ryan LaFlare’s concerned, all’s fair in love and MMA.
LaFlare returns to the Octagon this Saturday night for the first time since early in 2014, taking on Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 62. In getting the bout set up, LaFlare (11-0) admitted there were no hard feelings in calling out the former middleweight No. 1 contender.
“Nothing personal,” LaFlare said, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “He was the only one available in the Top-10. He’s where I want to be.
“Sorry bud, got to get out of my way.”
The New Yorker has split his time training in his native state and with the Blackzilians, which he says he “the best of both worlds.”
“My coach in New York, he made me the fighter I am today,” he said. “Henry at the Blackzilians put me on another level. I’m on top right now.”
Since signing with the UFC in 2013, LaFlare has scored victories via decision over Ben Alloway, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Court McGee and John Howard. His win over Ponzinibbio came in Brazil, so he’ll be familiar with the travel.
LaFlare’s also fought in Abu Dhabi and Sweden over the past two years.
“I know my ADD comes to positive affect for once,” he said. “I can channel all that stuff out and focus on the fight (having competed in Brazil before).”
With the welterweight division full of potential challengers, LaFlare sees this spotlight attraction as the perfect “coming out party.”
“I’m going to get it done,” he added. “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.”