On Sunday night, news came out revealing a contest between a pair of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s most recent victims in Ricardo Lamas and Chad Mendes has been booked to headline the recently announced UFC Fight Night 63 in April. Jeff Sherwood of Sherdog was the first to report the news.

Mendes (16-2), a former two-time  NCAA Division I wrestling All-American out of Cal Poly, is coming off a hard fought decision loss to Aldo at UFC179. For 25 minutes the two Octagon warriors battered each other in front of a sold out crowd at Rio de Janeiro, resulting in one the most thrilling fight in all of 2014 and arguably the greatest featherweight fight in UFC history. Prior to this setback, the man known as ‘Money’ rattled off five straight wins, with four of them ending in violent knockout, giving him eight in his career.

Lamas (15-3), a former NCAA Division III wrestling All-American out of Elmhurst College, will be looking to extend his two fight winning streak inside the cage. In his most recent effort, ‘The Bully’ snapped Dennis Bermudez’s seven fight win streak when locked on a tight first round guillotine at UFC 180 in November. To date Lamas’s last loss came in the form of a unanimous decision to Aldo in their co-main event title fight at UFC 169 in February 2013.

UFC Fight Night 63 is currently set to take place on April 4 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. A lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Diego Ferreira is the only other bout announced for the card.

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