Paul Felder returns to lightweight for rescheduled bout vs. James Vick at UFC 233
UFC officials today announced the bout between Felder (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Vick (13-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC).
UFC 233 takes place Jan. 26 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims expected for ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
The matchup between Felder, No. 14 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, and No. 9-ranked Vick was originally booked to take place at UFC Fight Night 133 in July. The fight fell apart, though, when both men were splintered off into other matchups due to unforeseen circumstances.
Felder, 33, ended up moving up to the welterweight division for a fight against Mike Perry at UFC 226, which he lost by unanimous decision. He suffered a broken arm in the process, but Felder has kept busy through his recovery by doing analyst duties for the UFC, including his pay-per-view commentary debut at UFC 230 this past weekend.
Vick, 31, meanwhile, got promoted to a main-event matchup with Justin Gaethje at UFC Fight Night 135 in August. He brought a four-fight winning streak into the matchup, but that run came to a screeching halt when he lost by knockout in just 87 seconds.
The latest UFC 233 lineup now includes:
- Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
- Islam Makhachev vs. Francisco Trinaldo
- Paul Felder vs. James Vick
For more on UFC 233, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.