Paul Felder vs. James Vick Set for UFC 233

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Paul Felder’s arm is healed up and ready to go as he returns at UFC 233 next January to take on James Vick.

As the UFC continues to unveil its line-up for early 2019, the promotion has announced a promising lightweight scrap. On Tuesday, the UFC revealed on social media that Paul Felder will return to action at UFC 233 in January against James Vick. Felder has been busy with UFC broadcast duties of late, appearing as part of the UFC 230 announce team this past weekend.

UFC 233 will mark Paul Felder’s return to action after breaking his forearm on a spinning back fist attempt against Mike Perry at UFC 226. That bout was held at welterweight, as Felder (15–4) stepped in on short notice to replace Yancy Medeiros. Despite the injury, the ‘Irish Dragon’ battled his way to a split decision loss. The setback snapped a three-fight winning streak for Felder.

James Vick (13–2) meanwhile suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Justin Gaethje at UFC Lincoln. That loss, a first round knockout, snapped a four-fight winning streak for the towering lightweight, who enters the octagon at 155lbs despite standing 6″1.

UFC 233 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on January 26, 2019. While no main event has been announced for the card, a champ vs. champ battle between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw is reportedly in the works.