Paul Felder was scheduled to meet streaking lightweight James Vick for UFC Boise in July. However, when Al Iaquinta pulled out of his showdown against Justin Gaethje on August 25 at Lincoln, the UFC needed a replacement. Unfortunately, they went for James Vick, who now fights Gaethje in the FOX Sports 1 main event. Felder expressed his frustration on social media after losing two opponents in a time of a four-month stretch.
Not only him, Mike Perry who was preparing to face Yancy Medeiros at 170 pounds on July 7, but Hawaiian withdraw due to a rib injury. Perry also goes off on Yancy via social media post.
Later, Yancy apologize to his fans: (via MMAJunkie)
“I apologize to all my supporters and Mike,” Medeiros said. “Every fight I’ve taken, I’ve always had an injury I could work around or through. I’ll always go out on my shield. Unfortunately, I can’t even take my shield to war. I hate thinking I’ve let anyone down. I was looking forward to giving the world and my opponent the best of me. On the real, my bad, Mike. Hate to let you and all your fans down. This is the last thing I wanted.”
Now Paul Felder got a new opponent and will set to face Mike Perry next at UFC 226 in Las Vegas, as per a recent report by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
Yancy Medeiros is out of next week's UFC 226 fight against Mike Perry due to a broken rib, sources confirm. UFC actively looking for a replacement to fight Perry on the card. No one signed yet. First reported by @mmajunkie.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 28, 2018
Needless to say, both men seem onboard for this showdown:
@PlatinumPerry love ur style bro. Shall we get paid next week?
— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) June 28, 2018
Let’s do it mother fucker @felderpaul
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) June 28, 2018
Felder last fought at UFC 218, where he scores a TKO win over Charles Oliveira last December. “Platinum” who dropped back to back two decision losses to Santiago Ponzinibbio and Max Griffin.
UFC 226 is set to take place on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena. In the main headliner, heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic will square off against light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier in a super fight.