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UFC 226 Fight Preview: Paul Felder vs. Mike Perry



Break out the ponchos, people in the first row! Everyone’s favorite belligerent brawler, American’s ignorant cousin, Mike Perry is back!

Let’s be honest, Mr. 2% Black has an eraser that few fighters in MMA have, and he’s more interesting when he talks than the current UFC interim welterweight champion could ever hope to be. But he’s a developing fighter who was rushed a little too fast into the spotlight. After going 4-1 in his first five bouts, Perry was outfought by the vastly more skilled Santiago Ponzinibbio, and then somewhat surprisingly out boxed by the unheralded Max Griffin. The good news is that Perry has apparently headed out west to Jackson Wink MMA, and if anyone can mold him into the guy he needs to be in the cage, it’s that crew.

Mike Perry (+125)
UFC Record: 4-3
MMA Record: 11-3

Noteable Wins:
Jake Ellenberger
Alan Jouban

Also of Note:
9 consecutive KO/TKO finishes to begin his career
2-time Performance of the Night winner
0-1 Pro Boxing record

Paul Felder (-155)
UFC Record: 7-3
MMA Record: 15-3

Noteable Wins:
Charles Oliveira
Josh Burkman
Daron Cruickshank

Also of Note:
4-time UFC bonus winner
Karate Black Belt and 2nd Degree Taekwondo Black Belt
UFC commentator

Enter Paul Felder, UFC’s newest ace commentator who is coming off three straight stoppage wins, the last being a brutal elbow stoppage off the always dangerous Charles Olivera. But since then he has had some shit luck. First, he was denied the chance to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov on one days’ notice because he wasn’t high enough in the rankings for the clueless New York State Athletic Commission. Then he was given a marquee bout against James Vick in a few weeks in Boise, but then last week Vick was given the main event against Justin Gaethje in a few months in Nebraska. So when Yancy Medeiros pulled out of the fight, Felder jumped in without hesitation, even though he’s moving up in weight to face the division’s biggest banger.

But one thing I believe carries the day-Felder is pissed. He doesn’t have the kind of length that has bothered Perry in the past, and there is always the chance that Perry could catch him early. But Felder is the better mover, the best wrestler, and the better kickboxer. If he can take the punch, he should be either to out-kickbox or take Perry down and beat him up. New camps don’t always take right away, and I have the feeling it’s the next guy Perry fights that’s in trouble. But this time, Felder’s skill-and anger, should be too much for the tattooed face guy.

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