Paul Felder almost got screwed out of fighting for the second time this year. The first time, Felder was supposed to fight Al Iaquinta. Al steps in to a title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Felder is left without an opponent. This time, Mike Perry was set to fight Yancy Medeiros at UFC 226 and Felder was scheduled to fight James Vick.
Al Iaquinta was scheduled to fight Justin Gaethje in August, but Al Iaquinta pulled out of the fight. James Vick, who was scheduled to fight Paul Felder in two weeks, stepped in to take Al’s place. Once again, this left Felder without a fight.
Yancy Medeiros suffered a rib injury and pulled out of his fight with Mike Perry at UFC 226, next week. Felder has stepped up in weight and is taking that fight.
Got all that? If not, the UFC also gave an explanation on their official site.
“It was a rollercoaster 24 hours for “The Irish Dragon,” but Paul Felder has a fight in July, albeit one he didn’t expect.
Originally scheduled to face fellow lightweight contender James Vick on July 14 in Boise, Felder saw that fight get scrapped when Vick replaced Al Iaquinta in the UFC Lincoln main event against Justin Gaethje on August 25.
But all was not lost for Felder, as an injury to Yancy Medeiros forced the Hawaiian out of his UFC 226 bout against Mike Perry on July 7 in Las Vegas. Felder immediately went to social media to express his desire to move up to the welterweight division for one night to face Perry. A couple hours later, the fight was made, and now it’s Felder vs Perry at T-Mobile Arena.”