Pros React to Rafael dos Anjos’ Victory in Lightweight Return at UFC Vegas 14

Paul Felder and Rafael dos Anjos, UFC Vegas 14
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 14: Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil reacts after his victory over Paul Felder in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

While the UFC Vegas 14 fight card looked to be in shambles with the consistent cancellation of fights, there was a burst of excitement that the whole MMA community felt once it was announced that Paul Felder would step in. Felder saved Saturday’s main event on only five days notice, stepping up against the former UFC Lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos. RDA, for his part, was making the drop back down to the division where he had once held championship gold.

If we’re being honest, it seemed that once this fight was announced, many fans were more excited for Felder vs. Dos Anjos than the card’s original headliner, which saw RDA paired up with Islam Makhachev. And when it came fight time, the two popular lightweights gave everything they had inside the octagon, each man connecting with back-and-forth exchanges.

Dos Anjos got ahead on the judges’ score cards by controlling the clinch against the cage, which put him in position to get well-timed takedowns on Felder. Paul Felder, meanwhile, was durable and had no quit, always getting out of the dangerous positions he was put in. In the end, Dos Anjos’ control against the cage was too much for Felder and was the perfect game plan, earning him a split decision victory.

Check out how the pros reacted to Rafael dos Anjos’ victory at UFC Vegas 14 below.

The Perfect Fight

There Goes My Hero

Where Can We Get a Pair?


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