Ryan LaFlare

Ryan LaFlare (born October 1, 1983) is a retired American mixed martial artist who formerly competed in the UFC's Welterweight division.

Ryan LaFlare
Born (1983-10-01) October 1, 1983 (age 37)
Lindenhurst, New York, United States
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofFarmingdale, New York
TeamLong Island MMA
Bellmore Kickboxing
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [1]
Years active2008- 2018
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission3
By decision7
By knockout2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


LaFlare was born and raised in Lindenhurst, New York, attending Lindenhurst High School where he was a League I runner-up, and placed 6th at the Suffolk County/Section XI Championships in wrestling. LaFlare then continued his career at Nassau Community College, but shifted his attention to lacrosse after a snowboarding accident. He later transferred to Farmingdale State College where he became the school's all-time leading goal scorer and was also an honorable mention All-American. LaFlare began practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu upon graduation, before transitioning into mixed martial arts.[2] He also previously worked for the MMA stats website Compustrike, which he claims gave him a better understanding of the sport.[3]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

LaFlare compiled an undefeated 6-0 record with all finishes with all of his bouts taking place in the New Jersey-based promotion Ring of Combat. There was a 2.5 year gap between his last two wins due to a plethora of injuries and the successful return got him a call up to Strikeforce. However the organization would be absorbed by the UFC shortly after signing him and he would never compete. Believing that he was free to sign elsewhere he signed with World Series of Fighting at was tentatively booked to face Josh Burkman at WSOF 2. However two weeks after the bout was announced LaFlare was called by the UFC and informed that he was under contract with them due to his previous Strikeforce contract being absorbed.[4]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

LaFlare made his promotional debut on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9 against Ben Alloway.[5] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

LaFlare faced promotional newcomer Santiago Ponzinibbio on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

LaFlare faced Court McGee on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9, replacing an injured Kelvin Gastelum.[7] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

LaFlare faced John Howard at UFC Fight Night 39.[8] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

LaFlare was expected to face Gunnar Nelson on July 19, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46.[9] However, he was sidelined due to injury and replaced by Zak Cummings.[10]

LaFlare faced Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 62 on March 21, 2015.[11] LaFlare lost the fight by unanimous decision.[12]

LaFlare faced Mike Pierce on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.[13] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[14]

LaFlare was scheduled to face Alexander Yakovlev on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[15] However, LaFlare pulled out of the fight in early June after sustaining an undisclosed injury and replaced by Kamaru Usman.[16]

LaFlare faced Roan Carneiro on February 11, 2017 at UFC 208.[17] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[18]

LaFlare faced Alex Oliveira on July 22, 2017 at UFC on Fox 25.[19] After winning the first round with his wrestling, he lost the fight via knockout in the second round, marking the first time he's been stopped in his MMA career.[20]

LaFlare faced Alex Garcia on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[21] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

LaFlare next faced Tony Martin on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[23] He lost the fight via knockout in the third round after being dropped by a head kick and finished with punches.[24]

On October 10, 2018, LaFlare announced his retirement from professional MMA competition.[25]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 14 wins 3 losses
By knockout 4 2
By submission 3 0
By decision 7 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–3 Tony Martin KO (head kick and punches) UFC 229 October 6, 2018 3 1:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–2 Alex Garcia Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 13–2 Alex Oliveira KO (punch) UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum July 22, 2017 2 1:50 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win 13–1 Roan Carneiro Decision (unanimous) UFC 208 February 11, 2017 3 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 12–1 Mike Pierce Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale December 11, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–1 Demian Maia Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare March 21, 2015 5 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 11–0 John Howard Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson April 11, 2014 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 10–0 Court McGee Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 9–0 Santiago Ponzinibbio Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson November 9, 2013 3 5:00 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 8–0 Ben Alloway Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi April 6, 2013 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 7–0 Andrew Osborne Submission (armbar) Ring of Combat 43 January 25, 2013 3 2:01 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the ROC Welterweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Mike Medrano TKO (knee to the body and punches) Ring of Combat 30 June 11, 2010 1 4:07 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the ROC Welterweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Justin Haskins KO (punches) Ring of Combat 28 February 19, 2010 2 1:36 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the ROC Welterweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Mark Berrocal TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 27 November 20, 2009 1 3:19 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Jose Sulsona Submission (armbar) Ring of Combat 26 September 11, 2009 2 2:18 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 2–0 Robert Cunane KO (punch) Ring of Combat 25 June 12, 2009 1 1:19 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (176 lbs) bout.
Win 1–0 Radji Bryson-Barrett Submission (armbar) Ring of Combat 20 June 27, 2008 1 2:38 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "UFC Fight Night 32 Preview - Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Ryan LaFlare". Inside Fights. November 8, 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Sherdog-Prospect-Watch-Ryan-LaFlare-29640
  3. ^ "UFC on FOX 9: Ryan LaFlare Took Short Notice Fight Without Hesitation". mmajunderground.com. March 21, 2015. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Steven Muehlhausen (March 21, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 62: Why Ryan LaFlare contemplated not fighting again". sportingnews.com.
  5. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 9 adds Alloway-LaFlare". mmajunkie.com. February 9, 2013.
  6. ^ Guilherme Cruz (August 24, 2013). "Santiago Ponzinibbio meets Ryan Laflare at UFC Fight Night 32". mmafighting.com. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  7. ^ Tim Burke. "Ryan LaFlare in for Kelvin Gastelum, faces Court McGee at UFC on Fox 9". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  8. ^ Mike Chiappetta (2014-02-14). "John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare targeted for UFC's Abu Dhabi show". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  9. ^ Staff (2014-04-29). "Gunnar Nelson mætir ósigruðum Bandaríkjamanni í Dyflinni". visir.is. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  10. ^ @YourMMA. "LaFlare Injured, Nelson Gets New Opponent For UFC Dublin". YourMMA.tv. Archived from the original on 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  11. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-01-22). "Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare verbally agreed for UFC Fight Night 62 in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
  12. ^ Thomas Myers (2015-03-22). "UFC Fight Night 62 results: Demian Maia grinds, smothers Ryan LaFlare for 25 torturous minutes". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  13. ^ Damon Martin (2015-08-19). "Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale confirmed, two fights added to Dec 11 card in Las Vegas". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  14. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-12-11). "TUF 22 Finale results: Ryan LaFlare takes unanimous decision over Mike Pierce". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
  15. ^ Staff (2016-04-04). "UFC on Fox 20 update: 4 bouts confirmed for July 23 card in Chicago". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  16. ^ Chris Sosa (2016-06-03). "'Nigerian Nightmare' lands spot for UFC event at United Center". redeyechicago.com. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  17. ^ Ryan Gerbosi (2016-12-08). "Ryan LaFlare to fight Roan Carneiro at UFC 208 in Brooklyn". newsday.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  18. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-02-11). "UFC 208 results: Ryan LaFlare dominates early, cruises to decision over Roan Carneiro". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  19. ^ Ryan Gerbosi (2017-05-25). "UFC Long Island: Ryan LaFlare becomes latest LI fighter added to Nassau Coliseum card, will face Alex Oliveira". newsday.com. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  20. ^ "UFC on FOX 25 results: Alex Oliveira perfectly times right hand to knock out Ryan LaFlare". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-22. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  21. ^ "LI's LaFlare returns at UFC Atlantic City". Newsday. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  22. ^ "UFC Fight Night 128 results: Ryan LaFlare outworks Alex Garcia for decision". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  23. ^ Clyde Aidoo (2018-08-08). "Tony Martin vs Ryan LaFlare added to UFC 229". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  24. ^ "UFC 229 Results: Khabib vs. McGregor". MMAfighting. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  25. ^ Sherdog.com. "10-Time UFC Competitor Ryan LaFlare Announces Retirement from MMA". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  26. ^ Sherdog.com. "Ryan LaFlare MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-11.

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