Exclusive: Paul Felder At The End Of UFC Contract, Wants To Remain With The Company


If Paul Felder's heavy new broadcast duties were any distraction, you couldn't tell at UFC 218.

Felder emerged victorious over Charles Oliveira after working his way out of a major threat in the form of a d'arce choke in round 1. It took until round 2 when Felder decided it was time to elbow Oliveira's face through the mat.

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You can see an excerpt from the fight in our Fightful live coverage below. 

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters clinching along the cage wall, Felder drops Oliveira with an elbow strike and he pounces on him with more strikes. Felder settles into the half guard against Oliveira, Felder postures up and Oliveira pulls guard to get him back to the ground. Oliveira rolls for a knee bar and Felder escapes to posture up, Felder goes back to the ground to attack Oliveira with more strikes. Felder attacks Oliveira with a plethora of elbow strikes and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Paul Felder def. Charles Oliveira by KO via elbow strikes (4:06, R2)

Felder worked as an announcer on Dana White's Contender Series, as well as providing color commentary for UFC and serving on UFC on Fox panels. After his fight, he caught up with James Lynch of Fightful.com and said that his fellow Roufusport teammates' success on Friday at the TUF 26 Finale helped motivate his Saturday night success.

"I put my whole six to eight weeks there, and they're my brothers. To make that walk together, never have I felt like that going into a fight. I know that if I fall and it doesn't work out, we did everything that we could to prepare for him. This is one of the first teams I've been with where they don't disappear, they're not talking trash on their fellow teammates. There's none of that crap in our gym. We're a small gym, we train together every day, go out together, eat together, take care of each other," said Felder. 

The broadcaster and fighter would also tell Fightful that he hopes to compete in a five round fight next, and is at the end of his contract, but plans on staying with the UFC. 

See our full UFC 218 results and live coverage at this link, and the Fightful.com post-show Podcast at this link. 

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