Paul Felder steps up on five days notice to take on former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in a UFC Fight Night headliner.
The UFC returns for its latest offering on Saturday night with UFC Fight Night from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, as No. 7-ranked Paul Felder takes on former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Initially, the main event was set to be dos Anjos facing No. 12-ranked Islam Makhachev. But on Sunday evening, Makhachev had to pull out with an undisclosed injury. Needing someone to fill out the spot, the UFC offered Felder the bout. It didn’t take Felder long to accept, and he’ll be going from wearing a suit and broadcasting the event to putting on the four-ounce gloves in the five-round affair.
Felder, who has won five of his last seven, last fought in February, losing a very competitive split-decision to top contender Dan Hooker. Afterwards, Felder was seriously considering retirement and would only come back if the right offer came along.
“With everything going on in the world, the sad things going on in people’s lives — losing their jobs and suffering. We just lost Alex Trebek to pancreatic cancer,” Felder said to ESPN. “I was like, ‘Man, you’re still 35. You’re young. You’re in shape. Save the day. Let’s go get paid, let’s have fun. You’re fighting a legend.’ What do I have to lose?”
Dos Anjos moves back down to 155 pounds after struggling at welterweight as he’s lost four of his last five fights. But those defeats came against top contenders Michael Chiesa, Leon Edwards, former interim titlist Colby Covington and current 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman. The last time dos Anjos fought at 155 pounds was to former interim titleholder Tony Ferguson in Nov. 2016.
Is dropping down to the weight class he ruled the remedy for dos Anjos, or will Felder walk right in on short notice and secure the victory?
Here is everything you need to know about UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos.
PAUL FELDER RECORD, BIO
Name: Paul Felder
Born: April 25, 1985
Reach: 70.5 inches
Total fights: 22
RAFAEL DOS ANJOS RECORD, BIO
Name: Rafael dos Anjos
Born: Oct. 26, 1984
Reach: 70 inches
Total fights: 42
WHEN IS UFC FIGHT NIGHT: PAUL FELDER VS. RAFAEL DOS ANJOS?
Date: Saturday, Nov. 14
Prelims: 4 p.m. ET
Main card: 7 p.m. ET
UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos takes place Saturday night, Nov. 14. Prelims get underway at 4 p.m. ET, followed by the main card at 7 p.m. ET.
HOW TO WATCH UFC FIGHT NIGHT: FELDER VS. DOS ANJOS TV, LIVE STREAM INFO
In the United States, the prelims and main card are on ESPN+.
In Canada, the prelims (5 p.m. ET) and main card are on TSN3.
In the U.K., UFC Fight Night can be seen live BT Sport 1 (prelims at 10 p.m. GMT and main card at Midnight).
In Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain, the UFC Fight Night main card (1 a.m. CET Sunday) is available on DAZN, the global sports streaming service.
More details about how to watch in other countries can be found at UFC.com.
WHERE IS UFC FIGHT NIGHT?
UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Felder and dos Anjos will be fighting there for the first time.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: FELDER VS. DOS ANJOS FIGHT CARD
Paul Felder vs. Rafael dos Anjos; Lightweight
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Khaos Williams; Welterweight
Julian Marquez vs. Saparbek Safarov; Middleweight
Eryk Anders vs. Antônio Arroyo; Middleweight
Brendan Allen vs. Sean Strickland; Catchweight (195 lb)
Kay Hansen vs. Cory McKenna; Women’s Strawweight
Ashley Yoder vs. Miranda Granger; Women’s Strawweight
Alex Morono vs. Rhys McKee; Welterweight
José Alberto Quiñónez vs. Louis Smolka; Bantamweight
Randa Markos vs. Kanako Murata; Women’s Strawweight
Geraldo de Freitas vs. Tony Gravely; Bantamweight
Don’Tale Mayes vs. Roque Martinez; Heavyweight