I forget what the event’s number was, but me and my son were at the Toyota Center in Houston when Rafael dos Anjos fought Anthony Pettis for the lightweight title. Oddly enough, the younger Pettis brother, Sergio, was also on that card taking on Ryan Benoit.
Our seats were on the second row, center. Usually those would be considered some of the best seats in the house. However, on the row in front of us we’re seated the Pettis brothers’ mother, along with 5-6 of their “boys” from Milwaukee. From the opening fight, these fools were rowdy as hell, and constantly yelling how Anthony and Sergio were unbeatable.
As fate would have it, both of them got absolutely HOUSED. So we listened to every excuse you can think of. I never enjoyed watching fighters lose more, and it made me a huge RDA fan. Let’s ride!
Paul Felder (-240) vs Rafael dos Anjos (+200)
Damn I love it when a plan blows up and then is replaced by an even better plan. Set to make his return to lightweight this Saturday, Rafael dos Anjos had spent the majority of his eight week camp preparing for Russian grinder Islam Makhachev. Hardly a main event caliber matchup, that fight had some potential to be entertaining.
However, when Makhachev bowed out less than a week before the fight, the UFC has to scramble to find a worthy opponent for RDA or scrap the card altogether. Fortunately for all involved (especially the fans) Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder steps out from behind the announcers table to take part in what is now a must see scrap.
Let’s face it: RDA was never built to be a welterweight. Being undersized got him bullied around the cage, and his record suffered for it. A move back to 155 should allow him to use his pressure boxing/wrestling game more effectively. However, six days’ notice or not, Paul Felder is no easy win. He’s a crafty striker who blends a pressure boxing game where he uses his footwork to cut amazing striking angles all while mixing in flashy techniques.
That being said, it is hard not to pick the guy who actually had a training camp. I think this fight goes the distance, and that should make both guys strong cash plays, but especially RDA. This is a great fight to stack in cash as well.
Abdul Razak al Hasan (-275) vs Kallin Williams (+235)
Kallin “Khaos” Williams fights exactly how his nickname suggests (and bonus points for the clever spelling). In his promotional debut, he slept my boy Alex Morono in less than a minute. Williams is like the “bad” kid in a 3rd grade class. He can sit still and behave for about a minute, but after that he just can’t take being under control anymore and goes nuts, except it’s not eating glue or wiping boogers in the hair of the girl who sits in front of him, it’s biting his mouthpiece and throwing bombs.
If this was the al Hassan of four years ago, I doubt this fight lasts 90 seconds, but since returning from a two-year layoff, while he fought a sexual assault charge (of which he was acquitted) he looked slow and gassed quickly in his first fight back.
Still, al Hassan is by far the superior striker, and let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say his last performance was a result of ring rust and a lack of focus. The Razor should be good in all formats, especially GPPs. You can play Williams as a GPP flier on the off chance he catches al Hassan cold.
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