Paul Felder is favored over Mike Perry at UFC 226 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is one of four on the FS1 portion of the preliminary card. Felder is 15-3 in his career, while Perry is 11-3 in his career. There are a total of four fights on the main pay-per-view card, with the headliner a bout between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Felder and Perry and UFC predictions.
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Paul Felder (15-3, 7-3 UFC)
Felder came into the UFC with a record of 8-0 and he has seven wins and three losses in the UFC. In his last four fights, he has three wins and one loss. He defeated Alessandro Ricci by TKO, Stevie Ray by TKO, and Charles Oliveira by TKO; while losing to Francisco Trinaldo by TKO. Felder has been a pro since 2011 and has 10 wins by TKO/KO and one by submission. He is on a three fight winning streak and has four first round finishes.
Mike Perry (11-3, 4-3 UFC)
Perry came into the UFC with a record of 7-0 and he has four wins and three losses in the UFC. In his last four fights, he has two wins and two losses. He defeated Jake Ellenberger by KO and Alex Reyes by KO; while losing to Santiago Ponzinibbio by unanimous decision and Max Griffin by unanimous decision. Perry has been a pro since 2014 and has 11 wins by TKO/KO. He has seven first round finishes.
Perry said this to bjpenn.com about his upcoming fight against Felder, “He’s going to come swing it out and we’re going to have a little kickboxing with our fight in the Octagon. We all know what happened last time I fought a lightweight. I’ll take it. I’ll take that paycheck. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, man. I’m not inclined to take one person’s life more than the next. It’s just whoever comes in there to fight me. I have got to cut that pay check. We cashing checks and breaking necks.”
Strikes landed per minute: Felder 3.49 / Perry 4.12
Accuracy: Felder 43% / Perry 43%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Felder 2.80/ Perry 4.77
Defense: Felder 52% / Perry 59%
Takedown average: Felder 0.40 / Perry 0.42
Accuracy: Felder 37% / Perry 40%
Takedowns defended: Felder 60% / Perry 64%
Submission average: Felder 0.4 / Perry 0.0
Felder is finally getting a chance to fight after his last two opponents backed because of injury which left him frustrated. Felder is a -156 favorite in this upcoming UFC bout and he has a little more experience fighting in the UFC than Perry. Perry is coming off two losses in a row and badly needs a win, but he may not get it. I will take Felder to get the win. The rounds total could also be worth a look, as the two have combined for 11 first round finishes, so I will also take the rounds to go under the total.
UFC 226 takes place on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are four fights on the main-per-view card, featuring Stipe Miocic taking on Daniel Cormier. There are seven fights on the preliminary card with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (Pay-Per-View)
Heavyweight – Stipe Miocic -255 vs. Daniel Cormier
Heavyweight – Francis Ngannou -365 vs. Derrick Lewis
Lightweight – Michael Chiesa -160 vs. Anthony Pettis
Light Heavyweight –Gökhan Saki -130 vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.
Preliminary Card (FS1)
Middleweight – Paulo Costa -465 vs. Uriah Hall
Welterweight – Paul Felder -156 vs. Mike Perry
Bantamweight –Raphael Assunção -180 vs. Rob Font
Welterweight – Curtis Millender -170 vs. Max Griffin
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Lightweight – Dan Hooker -125 vs. Gilbert Burns
Lightweight - Lando Vannata -175 vs. Drakkar Klose
Women’s Strawweight – Jamie Moyle -200 vs. Emily Whitmire
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