An intriguing lightweight bout between Paul Felder (12-2 MMA) and Josh Burkman (28-13 MMA) took place at tonight’s UFC Fight Night 88 event in Las Vegas.
Round one begins and Burkman opens up with a leg kick. Josh is circling and trying to keep his distance. Big body kick from Felder. Burkman responds with a kick of his own. Felder with a head kick but Josh blocks it. Burkman misses with a knee and then a right hand. Felder with a leg kick. Nice body kick from Josh. Good side kick from Burkman. Josh with a straight left hand. Felder is coming up just short with his punches. Felder lands a shot, Burkman with a combination. Both fighters start throwing big shots. After a wild exchange Josh ducks under a Felder punch and scores a takedown. Paul gets his back to the cage and is able to stand back up. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and these guys get right after it. Burkman with a combination. Nice leg kick from Paul. Felder with another strong leg kick and then a punch to the body. Felder continues to batter Josh with leg kicks. Burkman with a right hand. Felder with a nice combination. Paul seems to have found his range. He is walking Josh down with punches. Another big shot from Paul. Burkman grabs a hold of him. Round two comes to an end.
Round three begins and both fighters are swinging for the fences. Burkman gets hits with a big right hand but seems to be ok. Josh misses with a huge left hook. Felder with a nice inside leg kick. Josh misses with a front kick. Paul with back to back leg kicks. He just misses with a high kick. Another nasty leg kick scores for Felder. Burkman shoots in and eats a knee. He has Paul against the fence and begins working for a single leg takedown. Burkman gets the takedown but Felder pops right back to his feet. The fighters exchange more strikes before Burkman lands a late takedown to end the fight.
Paul Felder defeats Josh Burkman via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)