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UFC Fight Night 182: Paul Felder vs. Rafael dos Anjos Preview and Pick

UFC Fight Night 182: Paul Felder vs. Rafael dos Anjos Preview and Pick

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The main event of the UFC Fight Night 182 is the battle between Paul Felder and Rafael dos Anjos. This one supposed to see Islam Makhachev instead of Felder, but the switch came five days before the bout. Many see Felder’s willingness to jump in as the madness, but who knows what might happen.

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Paul Felder +155

The Irish Dragon was getting himself ready for a triathlon when the phone rang. After short thinking, he decided to accept the offer coming from the other side. Knowing his mentality, five-day preparations won’t be an excuse if, by any chance, he loses. 

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Felder is a fighter with a massive heart who excites the spectators as soon as the action starts. There is no backing out in his gameplan, just constantly moving forward. The last fight against Dan Hooker was a split decision loss for Felder, whose other defeat in the previous seven battles is also a split decision against Mike Perry. 

He is a quick puncher, and 10 of his 17 wins came via knockout. Though even though his contests are intense, Felder has enough stamina to endure all that. 

Rafael dos Anjos -175

The Brazilian is trying to revive his career, and he got back to the lightweight division in search of one last chance to win the belt. The same belt that he lost in 2016 to Eddie Alvarez. Once seeing that the lightweight is stacked with quality, dos Anjos moved up to the welterweight.

A result of that adventure isn’t good at all. Following three straight wins at the start, dos Anjos lost four in five, all against the top names – Covington, Usman, Chiesa, and Edwards. 

His wrestling skills aren’t very good against the more powerful and bigger opponents in this division. dos Anjos was never outclassed, and each time he lost, that was by a decision, but he doesn’t have what it takes to endanger the throne among welterweights.

Pick

Felder’s stamina is the main factor in this equation. Unlike dos Anjos, the American didn’t have a full training camp, and that is why betting on the Brazilian has more logic. He will try to score an early takedown and wear out the rival, whose only chance to win here is to post a knockout early on and make the fight as short as possible. 

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