Get ready for more action as the Ultimate Fighting Championship heads to Fairfax, Virginia for the UFC Fight Night 63 card. The event is set for April 4, and it’ll be headlined by a featherweight clash of contenders, Ricardo Lamas and Chad Mendes.
Here are my UFC Fight Night 63 Predictions.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Chad Mendes
Lamas (15-3-0, 4 KOs) pulled off a huge upset during his last outing against the Dennis Bermudez, bringing “The Menace’s” seven-fight win streak to an abrupt end via a guillotine choke. With two wins under his belt since the loss to current featherweight champion Jose Aldo, Lamas is only a win or two away from another title shot.
Mendes (16-2-0, 6 KOs) suffered his second loss to Aldo during his last outing, but he did put on a valiant effort, walking away with “Fight of the Night” honors. A win against Lamas at UFC Fight Night 63 will be a giant step towards a third title shot in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Both men are well-rounded MMA fighters, but Mendes seems to have a slight advantage heading into this encounter. “Money’s” striking has evolved a lot over the years, and he’s a lot smoother than Lamas with his strikes, both offensively and defensively. That’s not good for Lamas considering the fact Mendes is virtually impossible to takedown (he’s never been taken down inside the Octagon), and he should have the advantage in the grappling department.
Prediction: Chad Mendes wins via decision.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Al Iaquinta
Iaquinta (11-3-1, 6 KOs) will have a chance to prove his victories against Ross Pearson and Joe Lauzon weren’t flukes when he takes on Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 63. Jorge is the ultimate gatekeeper in the lightweight division, and a victory against him means you’re ready to start taking on the top dogs.
Iaquinta will have his work cut out for him.
Masvidal (28-8-0, 10 KOs) is very competent standing up, on the ground, or in the clinch, and his fight IQ is extremely high. I can’t even remember ever seeing him make a poor judgement call during a fight.
The same can’t be said about Iaquinta.
Al is also a well-rounded fighter that can hold his own anywhere a fight takes place, but he’s made some very poor decisions during fights in the past. He made a couple of poor calls that almost cost him his fight against Kevin Lee, and he pretty much gave Mitch Clarke a D’arce choke during his next outing, after dominating every single second before the choke was slapped on.
I’m sure Ray Longo and company are still scratching their heads about that one.
Iaquinta has fought much smarter since his loss to Clarke, and he was smart enough to stay away from Lauzon’s ground game during his last outing.
Still, I see Masvidal’s style causing him lots of problems.
Masvidal has an awkward, unorthodox style that often causes his opponents to make mistakes, and I just can’t see Iaquinta going 15 minutes with a savvy vet like him without making any errors.
Predictions: Jorge Masvidal wins via submission.
Remaining UFC Fight Night 63 Predictions:
Michael Chiesa defeats Mitch Clarke
Julianna Peña defeats Milana Dudieva
Robbie Peralta defeats Clay Guida
Carlos Diego Ferreira defeats Dustin Poirier
Liz Carmouche defeats Lauren Murphy
Alexander Yakovlev defeats Gray Maynard
Timothy Johnson defeats Shamil Abdurakhimov
Justin Jones defeats Ron Stallings
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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