According to various outlets, retired lightweight Paul Felder will replace Daniel Cormier in the commentary booth for UFC 263. The card will showcase Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori for the UFC’s middleweight title. Additionally, Felder will join commentary staples Jon Anik and Joe Rogan for the event.
Cormier was one of the first fighters to praise Felder for his ability to work the commentary booth and his ability to fight, especially after Paul came to grips that he would end his professional fighting career.
“A guy in Paul Felder, who has a fantastic broadcast career that’s waiting for him, he’s got acting opportunities, he has so many opportunities. The UFC is changing in a way that now, as an athlete you can walk away earlier and still find a lot of opportunities, and Paul Felder is a type of guy who will take full advantage of those kinds of things,” said DC.
Paul Felder Replaces Cormier for UFC 263
Since then, MMA Junkie has reported that Felder would substitute for Cormier during the event.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) June 9, 2021
So far, it’s unknown why Cormier won’t be attending the event. And Cormier has yet to respond to the news of Felder replacing him on the card.
Of course, fans of the sport sounded off on social media, declaring that Felder is one of the best commentators on the UFC’s roster. So, they’re not disappointed by the news of his addition to UFC 263.
Here’s the complete card for the event, which will take place on June 12, 2021, at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, on ESPN+ and pay per view.
Middleweight: Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Marvin Vettori
Flyweight: Deiveson Figueiredo (c) vs. Brandon Moreno
Welterweight: Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz
Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Belal Muhammad
Light Heavyweight: Paul Craig vs. Jamahal Hill
Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)
Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Brad Riddell
Light Heavyweight: Eryk Anders vs. Darren Stewart
Women’s Flyweight: Lauren Murphy vs. Joanne Calderwood
Featherweight: Movsar Evloev vs. Hakeem Dawodu
Women’s Bantamweight: Pannie Kianzad vs. Alexis Davis
Featherweight: Chase Hooper vs. Steven Peterson
Lightweight: Fares Ziam vs. Luigi Vendramini
Heavyweight: Carlos Felipe vs. Jake Collier