Nothing like a lightweight UFC accepting a five-round fight … against the former champion … on five days’ notice … to excite the MMR community.
The response from Paul Felder (17-5) in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event against Rafael dos Anjos (29-13) at short notice has been really fun to watch. The man has been hailed as a warrior, a hero and everything in between.
This game is clearly Used Weird things happen at the last minute to watch. In fact, Felder has been involved in his fair share. He competed against Khabib Nurmagomedov on one day’s notice for the vacant championship in 2018, but said the New York Athletic Commission would not allow it.
He once moved to welterweight for a fan-friendly contest against Mike Perry, for no other reason than they wanted a lighter matchup.
Earlier this year, Felder, who also serves as a UFC commentator, went on to corner his teammate Jared Gordon in Abu Dhabi, UAE, after testing positive for CoD-19, Gordon’s original corner Left the broadcast table in the middle of an event for.
Nevertheless, Felder’s scenario hits slightly differently against Dos Anjos. It was out of the left area. When the original rival of Dos Anjos, Islam Machev, withdrew the fight from Sunday, a lot of names appeared as possible replacements. Felder is not one of them.
The last time we saw Felder – in a heartbreaking decision in February – he said he could never fight again. And as a big lightweight, he generally wouldn’t be able to make weight under such a tight deadline. But as it turns out, he is training for his first triathlon.
Some are saying that this is the new matchup Better Than the original. While I don’t go far enough – I’m curious to see what the ceiling is on Nurmagomedov’s long-time training partner, Maschev – it’s definitely one of the most unique fighting weeks of the year. And there is no debate that Felier is a warrior, hero and everything in between.
1,470: Doge Anjos last fought Lightweight, where he is a former champion. After dropping a decision to Tony Ferguson in November 2016, Dos Anjos moved to welterweight and went 4-4.
3: Split-decision loss in the UFC for Felder (Dan Hooker in February, Mike Perry in 2018 and Ross Pearson in 2015), the second-most in UFC history, is embarrassed by a record kept by Georg Masidal.
06:43:11: Total octagon time for Dos Anjos, in hours, minutes and seconds. On Saturday, he could become just the second fighter in UFC history to surpass the seven-hour fight time joining Frankie Edgar (7:41:51).
10: Career knockout by Felder – and also number of presentations by Dos Anjos. In addition, Dos Anjos has five knockouts and Felder a submission.
15: Almost at a distance, in the legs, is where Felder would start the fight inside the cage and where he would be stationed at Cageside as part of the broadcast team.
Source: ESPN Stats and Information and UFC Stats
Five vs five
Paul Felder’s recent results
Damage: Dan Hooker (SD, February 23, 2020; see on ESPN +)
Won: Eden Barboza (SD, September 7, 2019; watch on ESPN +)
Won: James Vick (UD, February 17, 2019; Watch on ESPN +)
Loss: Mike Perry (SD, July 7, 2018)
Won: Charles Oliveira (TKO2, December 2, 2017)
Recent results of Rafael dos Anjos
Loss: Michael Chiasa (UD, January 25, 2020; see on ESPN +)
Loss: Leon Edwards (UD, July 20, 2019; see on ESPN +)
Won: Kevin Lee (Sub 4, May 18, 2019; Watch on ESPN +)
Disadvantages: Kamru Usman (UD, November 30, 2018)
Loss: Colby Covington (UD, 6 June 2014)
And the winner is…
There are too many variables in this matchup. Dos Anjos is going back at 155 pounds – a weight he has accepted is extremely taxable for him to make for the first time since 2016. He returns to Brazil to prepare, but does so in California, where he has been in camp for years. . They are trailing 1-4 in their last five games. Is he going to resurface to a new weight, or is it the desperate move of a losing fighter? And Felder, while I think most expected him to fight again, was not a certainty, and now he is throwing himself there without any preparation. Under normal circumstances, I would probably like Felder stylistically, but these situations are anything but ordinary. Dos Anjos through decision.
How to see fights
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Saturday fight card
ESPN +, 7 pm ET
Paul Felder vs Rafael dos Anjos | Lightweight
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs Khos Williams | Welterweight
K Hanson vs Corey McKenna | Strawweight
Eric Anders vs Antonio Arroyo | Middleweight
Brendan Allen vs Sean Strickland | Catchweight (195 lb)
ESPN +, 4 PM ET
Ashley Yoder vs Miranda Granger | Strawweight
Alex Morono vs Rice McKee | Welterweight
Jose Quinones vs Louis Smolka | Men’s bantamweight
Randa Marcos vs Kanako Murtala | Strawweight
Geraldo de Freitas vs Tony Gravely | Men’s bantamweight
Don’Tell Mayes vs Roke Martinez | Weighty
Three more things to know (from ESPN statistics and information)
1. Khos Williams, who took over Abdul Razak Alhassan in the co-main event, made his UFC debut in February in just 27 seconds against Alhassan’s teammate Alex Morono at Fortis MMA in Dallas. It was the fifth-fastest finish for debut welterweight and extended Williams’ seventh fight.
2. Kay Hansen and Corey McKenna, both 21 years old, fight in the seventh fight of UFC history in the prelims, fighting against each other at the age of 21. The youngest matchup was in June 2017 when Naoki Ino faced Carles John de Tomas. Both were 20s.
3. Randa Marcos, who faces Kanco Murata, will be in her 16th UFC fight, tying her with Angela Hill, the second-most among female fighters. Jessica Andrade is the leader with 18 UFC fights.
Jeff Wagonheim of ESPN contributed to this fight preview.