UFC Fight Night 63 takes place tomorrow in an earlier than usual timeslot and we’ve got all our predictions for the event below.
Chad Mendes vs. Ricardo Lamas
A solid match-up here, but I’m definitely favoring Mendes, who has a clear wrestling advantage and is the harder puncher, to come out on top over the course of five rounds.
Chad Mendes to win by decision.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Al Iaquinta
Boxing is both men’s stock in trade here, and while Iaquinta’s more aggressive approach could pay dividends, I’ve always admired Masvidal’s excellent counter striking and all-round crisp boxing. I’m picking him to out-finesse his opponent to earn the win here, but it’s going to be a close call.
Jorge Masvidal to win by decision.
Michael Chiesa vs. Mitch Clarke
I’ve never felt like Chiesa has a particularly high ceiling skill-wise, but he uses what he’s got well and has a knack for outworking opponents which I think will serve him well tomorrow against Clarke as he mixes in solid wrestling and clinch work with a bit of striking to earn a win on the scorecards.
Michael Chiesa to win by decision.
Julianna Pena vs. Milana Dudieva
Being out for a long time due to knee surgery is a problem for Pena – not just because there’s a risk of ring-rust, but also because it’s kept the fairly inexperienced TUF winner from improving a somewhat raw skill-set. Nevertheless, this is a winnable fight with her relentless aggression and ability to finish by striking or submission likely to prove to much for Dudieva.
Julianna Pena to win by submission in Rd2.
Clay Guida vs. Robbie Peralta
Guida’s striking has never been his strong suit, so he’d be wise to avoid competing with Peralta on the feet who’s much more capable in that regard. It’s unlikely Guida will though – he really needs a win and his relentless, grinding wrestling is perfectly suited to neutralizing Peralta and ensuring he gets his hand raised at the end of 15 minutes of fighting.
Clay Guida to win by decision.
Dustin Poirier vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira
Poirier moving up a weight class is a possible cause for concern, but he is undoubtedly a talented fighter who should be able to handle himself against Ferreira with better striking, a higher, more aggressive tempo and an ability to scramble well if the fight hits the mat. I’m taking him to get a late stoppage win here.
Dustin Poirier to win by TKO in Rd3.
Prelims: (Predicted winners in bold)
Liz Carmouche vs. Lauren Murphy
Gray Maynard vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Shamil Abdurahimov vs. Timothy Johnson
Ron Stallings vs. Justin Jones