On Saturday, April 4, 2015 the UFC will head to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., for the first time since 2012 for UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas.

The UFC has put together some suspect cards for their Fight Night series in recent history but that is not the case with this one. UFC Fight Night 63 is loaded with name fighters and interesting matchups and it also features a main event between two of the best featherweights in the world.

The UFC has been force feeding the fans some unsavory cards over the past couple of years so it is really nice to see this kind of event for free.

Is This the End for Gray Maynard?

Maynard’s fall from grace has been fast and hard. Just a few short years ago Maynard was a headliner and a lightweight title contender. But now he heads into UFC Fight Night 63 riding a three fight losing streak; with all losses coming by way of knockout. Maynard’s back is against the wall now and he will be fighting for his UFC life on Saturday.

Dustin Poirier Returns to Lightweight

After an 8-3 run in the featherweight division Poirier is moving back to the lightweight division. Poirier had a lot of success but he could never quite get over the hump to challenge for the title. The UFC lightweight division is much more competitive and dangerous but Poirier has the physically tools to compete.

Julianna Pena Returns

After winning The Ultimate Fighter 18’s women’s bantamweight tournament the future for Pena looked extremely bright. But while training for her UFC 171 bout Pena shredded her knee damaging the ACL, MCL, LCL and meniscus. That injury has kept her sidelined for over a year and now she is ready to return to action. At just 25 Pena has a long career ahead of her.

Will a New Lightweight Contender Emerge?

The UFC lightweight division is fiercely competitive and Al Iaquinta and Jorge Masvidal have largely been flying under the radar. Both men have put together impressive three fight win streaks and both are hungry for a step up in competition. The winner of this bout will emerge as a potential lightweight division dark horse.

Chad Mendes vs. Ricardo Lamas

The featherweight division has become one of the most competitive divisions in the UFC and Mendes and Lamas are two of the best. This main event is going to be a good one as both men can strike, wrestle and grapple with the best of them and both men want nothing more than to earn another shot at featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.