UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas will be held April 4, 2015 in Fairfax, Virginia.
CHAD “MONEY” MENDES (16-2-0) VS. RICARDO “THE BULLY” LAMAS (15-3-0)
This is the five round main event in the featherweight division that is truly set to be a great fight that just might be the most exciting fight of the entire card. Both these amazing athletes bring great wrestling and striking to their fights, though between the two, Mendes seems to show more of both as he has dominated most of his opponents over his career and even being the only person in the UFC to bring the current Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, a true fight. When it all comes down it looks as if Mendes might make this an easy fight, but everyone cannot forget Lamas’ submission style of his fights, which could pose a great threat to Mendes with the possibility of defeating the very man that almost defeated Aldo. Though what could help Mendes through the fight is his ground game to try and wear down Lamas to the point that he could sneak the win in and get back on the road to winning. My prediction: Mendes wins via TKO in round 4.
JULIANNA “THE VENEZUELAN VIXEN” PENA (6-2-0) VS. MILANA DUDIEVA (11-3-0)
This is a three round fight between two female fighters of the bantamweight division. What makes this fight worthwhile to see is not just for the fact that they are women and they tend to put on a better performance than the men, but these two have just recently begun their careers in the UFC so they have a lot to prove and what better way to help kick off their careers than to face each other. Now Pena ended up getting a little of a head start in her career by being a contestant on the Ultimate Fighter by showing how great of a grappler she is which has become a great part of her career, but everyone will be wondering if she will be able to hold up to Dudieva’s takedown performance to where she could keep Pena at bay where it would make it much more difficult to seize control of the fight, in which case making her submission attempts almost useless. My prediction: Dudieva wins via KO in round 2.
CLAY “THE CARPENTER” GUIDA (31-12-0) VS. ROBBIE “PROBLEMS” PERALTA (18-5-0, 1NC)
This is a three round fight in the featherweight division. What makes this fight interesting is for the fact that it features two fighters that have a different speciality with Guida leaning more towards submission attempts and Peralta leaning more towards knockouts. Now it seems that the person who has more of a submission style of game has the advantage in the fight, which can be true sometimes, but that does not make them unstoppable to the striking power of a fighter that brings knockout punches. For Peralta has won many of his past fights with his strong punches, which poses a real threat to Guida, however, if Guida were to use his speed and grappling then he just might be able to keep himself from suffering a hard blow to the face, which could keep him going in the sport for many more fights to come. My prediction: Guida wins via submission in round 3.