Paul Felder returned to the lightweight division tonight at UFC Phoenix, and he outscored lightweight contender James Vick.
Felder tried closing the distance on the massive and lengthy Vick early on, and the latter countered with jabs and the odd kick. Both men planted some sharp shots in the opening round, but as the opening frame neared its end, Felder stunned Vick with a spinning back fist.
Early on into round two, Vick clinched up and attempted to work along the fence, but Felder worked his way out. Felder continued to punish Vick’s lead calf with kicks and the latter started switching up his stance as a result.
Felder planted more kicks to Vick’s calf early into round three, and he also tagged the massive lightweight with a left. Vick switched his stance again, but mid-round, he took another kick to the calf that clearly hurt. Moments later, Vick cracked Felder with a hard, straight right, but not long after he was grazed by a spinning elbow.
Here are the results so far for UFC Phoenix.
Paul Felder def. James Vick via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Cynthia Calvillo def. Cortney Casey via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Kron Gracie def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 2:06
Vicente Luque def. Bryan Barberena via TKO (strikes) R3, 4:54
Andre Fili def. Myles Jury via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Aljamain Sterling def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Manny Bermudez def. Benito Lopez via submission (D’arce choke) R1, 3:09
Andrea Lee def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nik Lentz def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Luke Sanders def. Renan Barao via KO (punches) R2, 1:01
Emily Whitmire def. Aleksandra Albu via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 1:01