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UFC Phoenix results: Paul Felder outstrikes James Vick to win decision

Paul Felder earned a unanimous decision over James Vick in the UFC Phoenix co-main event.

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In the UFC Phoenix co-main event, proficient striker Paul Felder picked up a unanimous decision over the promotion’s #10 lightweight James Vick. The calf kicks of Felder opened up his punches, and “The Irish Dragon” has now won four-straight at 155-pounds.

The lightweight got right to work. Felder cracked the taller man with an overhand right, but Vick was able to shake it off and return a smile. The right cross of Vick landed a couple of times, making the most of his range. A beautiful spinning elbow connected for Felder as Vick closed the distance, but Vick wore it rather well. Vick began to throw volume in Felder’s direction, scoring with his straight punches. A left hook wobbled Vick in the closing moments of the round, but Felder was unable to capitalize on it.

Felder shot in on his opponent and found himself fighting off a standing guillotine, and then found himself stuck with his back to the cage. Back in open space, the lightweights exchanged low kicks, and then swapped right hands. After spending some more time with his back to the fence, Felder landed a really hard calf kick that had Vick switching stances for the rest of the round.

The lightweights traded in the pocket early in the final round, before Felder clinched up and slowed the tempo. Felder returned to the calf kick, causing Vick to hobble a bit. Vick kept throwing, and so did Felder. With Vick less mobile, Felder was able to connect with some huge punches. Vick got aggressive, punching his way into the clinch, but Felder was able to avoid a takedown. Vick landed a flying knee at the bell, but Felder ate it like a champ.

Paul Felder def. James Vick by unanimous decision (30-27 x2; 29-28): Lightweight