There have been a lot of complaints from fans as of late about the overall quality of the UFC’s fight cards and rightfully so. Over the past couple of years, the UFC has really increased the frequency of events and that has diluted the depth of many cards. But on Saturday, April 4, 2014, the UFC heads to Fairfax, Va., for UFC Fight Night 63 and it’s a stellar card.

From top to bottom, the card is stacked with name fighters and interesting matchups. What’s even better is the main event of the evening features a featherweight bout with “Fight of the Year” potential as Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas looks to get back into the title mix.

For the gamblers out there, UFC Fight Night 63 will prove to be an excellent opportunity to increase the size of your bankroll.

Dustin Poirier, -170 vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira, +150

Ferreira is a talented grappler with an improving striking game, but he simply doesn’t have the tools to put Poirier in danger on the feet. Poirier should be worried about the ground game, but it’s hard to see Ferreira being able to bring this fight to the mat. Poirier will pick him apart on the feet and will become the first fighter to finish Ferreira.

Play: Take Poirier to win and at +325, take him to win by TKO/KO

Clay Guida, -250 vs. Robbie Peralta, +210

Guida hasn’t been setting the world on fire as of late the long time veteran’s pressure and intensity is enough to give anyone fits. Peralta is a talented striker, but he’s never faced anyone with the tenacity that Guida brings to the cage. Look for Guida to break the will of Peralta and grind out a decision.

Play: Take Guida to win and at +110, take him to win by decision

Julianna Pena, -280 vs. Milana Dudieva, +240

It’s been a long time since Pena last stepped inside the Octagon and it will be interesting to see how much the long layoff will have affected her timing. Coming off of a brutal knee injury, Pena needs to show that she is still one of the top prospects in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. Dudieva is a talented fighter and one that should not be underestimated, but this is Pena’s fight to lose.

Play: Take Pena to win and at +350, take her to win by submission

Michael Chiesa, -350 vs. Mitch Clarke, +290

This bout has the potential to steal the show. Chiesa and Clarke are both flying under the radar at the moment and they are looking to really turn some heads on Saturday. Clarke has looked impressive in his last two bouts, but Chiesa is the more complete fighter at this point.

Play: Take Chiesa to win and at +140, take him to win inside the distance

Jorge Masvidal, -125 vs. Al Iaquinta, +105

The co-main event of the evening between Masvidal and Iaquinta has a lot of potential. Both fighters are riding three-fight win streaks and both men are looking to ascend to the upper echelon of the UFC lightweight division. The winner of this bout will likely emerge as a dark horse contender. Iaquninta’s streak has been flashier, but Masvidal has done it against better competition. Because of that, Masvial gets the nod.

Play: Take Masvidal to win and at +185, take him to win by decision

Chad Mendes, -440 vs. Ricardo Lamas, +350

It’s amazing that Mendes is as heavy a favorite as he is considering that Lamas is a top five featherweight. Lamas is no joke yet the odds would lead you to believe that this bout is a total mismatch. But while that’s not the case, it’s understandable because Mendes is so damn good. Look for Lamas to put up a good fight, but ultimately Mendes’ massive arsenal of weapons will prove to be the difference.

Play: Take Mendes to win and at +140, take him to win inside the distance

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