By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Paul Felder was injured in his co-main event bout at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Felder defeated James Vick in the bout.
“Paul Felder suffered a collapsed lug in the closing minutes of his fight against James Vick last night, his manager Brian Butler told ESPN,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “Doctors believe the lung was punctured when he took a shot to the rings at the end of the third round. He is being held an extra day at a local Phoenix hospital for observation, Butler said.
“As a result of the injury, Felder has been forced to pull out of his color analyst duties for this weekend’s UFC Prague telecast.”
The 33-year-old Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native improved to 16-4 in his MMA career with the win over Vick. He picked up his fifth decision win — and his first since May 29th, 2016 when he defeated Joshua Burkman at UFC Fight Night 88.
The judges had the fight against Vick as 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27.
Felder has won four of his last five fights. The only loss came in a split decision loss to Mike Perry at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018 in a welterweight bout.
The UFC Fight Night event at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, which is also being considered UFC on ESPN+ 3 or UFC Fight Night 145 will be held on February 23rd, 2019. This is the promotion’s first event in the Czech Republic.