James Vick vs. Paul Felder UFC Fight Night 133 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/14/18
Paul Felder vs. James Vick
UFC: Saturday, July 14, 2018 (CenturyLink Arena)
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James Vick and Paul Felder fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 133 at the CenturyLink Arena.
James Vick enters this fight with a 13-1 record and has won 38 percent of his fights by submission. Vick has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a February win over Francisco Trinaldo. Vick is averaging 4.11 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.3 percent. Vick is averaging 0.32 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Vick is coming off a fight in which he pretty much dominated, landing 72 total strikes and producing one takedown, winning in a rather easy decision. Vick has now won each of his last four fights, with his only career loss coming against Beneil Dariush over two years ago. Vick is a massive lightweight at 6’3” with a 76-inch reach and is able to use his size to bully opponents in the clinch and on the canvas. Vick is very well conditioned and has a boxing background that allows him to be very effective standing up and has helped him win two of his last three fights by knockout. Needless to say, it’s tough to fight a guy as lengthy as Vick and with his balance. This will be Vick’s first career fight in Idaho.
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Paul Felder enters this fight with a 15-3 record and has won 67 percent of his fights by knockout. Felder has won five his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Charles Oliveira. Felder is averaging 3.49 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.2 percent. Felder is averaging 0.4 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.5 percent. Felder has spent a lengthy time out of the octagon, as his bout in December against Al Iaquinta was cancelled. Felder still won three fights last year and hasn’t lost since his 2016 bout against Francisco Trinaldo. Felder has put together three straight victories, two of which have earned performance of the night honors, and he’s coming off a second round knockout in which he landed 37 strikes despite being taken down twice. Felder is what he is, as he's a striker at heart who is creative and six of has last nine wins have come by knockout. Felder is a pressure fighter who likes to dictate pace and keep his opponent uncomfortable. Whether he's standing up, in the clinch or executing ground and pound, Felder is a guy who can change things at any moment, which we saw in his last bout. This will be Felder’s first career fight in Idaho.
Felder is obviously the sexy pick, as he has a serious power advantage, should have the edge standing up and is a much bigger threat to end things with one shot. His pressure is sure to threaten Vick and gives him a real shot at winning. However, Vick is the more balanced fighter who should be able to get Felder in the clinch and force him to fight in deep waters. Also, Vick is four inches taller and has a six inch reach advantage. That’s huge and tough to ignore, especially if this fight goes to the canvas. It’s going to be tough for Felder to counter Vick’s size advantage.
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