Former UFC lightweight champion Brazilian Rafael Dos Anjos explained why he challenged American Michael Chandler after it became known that Russian Islam Makhachev would not be able to fight him.

“I looked through the ratings and looked for options that made sense. Chandler only made weight two weeks ago to replace him in the fight between Nurmagomedov and Gaetji, but he never got a chance to fight. In addition, Michael constantly uploads videos that he trains and keeps himself in shape. So he’s the guy that first came to my mind. I offered him to fight, but he refused, saying that he had other plans, ”said Dos Anjos.

Recall that Makhachev was forced to abandon the fight with Dos Anjos due to staphylococcus infection. As a result, American Paul Felder took the fight on short notice. The rivals will split the octagon on November 14th at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, USA in the main event of UFC Fight Night 182.

Paul Felder may end his career if he defeated Rafael Dos Anjos

American mixed martial arts fighter Paul Felder may retire after a fight with ex-UFC lightweight champion Brazilian Rafael Dos Anjos.

“I can say that the odds are 50-50 here. I thought about it. The odds will probably increase if I win this fight. If I fail, I will most likely want to return to the octagon again. I will again have remorse, like after the fight with Hooker, and I want to prove that I can do more, ”said Felder.

Still, Paul does not rule out the option that after winning this fight he will continue to compete, only in this case he will agree to a fight with an opponent from the top five of the lightweight division rating.

“I understand that I am coming to the end of my career. Therefore, the fight with Dos Anjos is a win-win option for me. If I finish the former champion then it puts me in a good position. I will be able to take part in big fights with opponents from the top five in our division, who previously dodged me, ”added Paul.

Recall that the fight between Rafael Dos Anjos and Paul Felder will be the main event of UFC Fight Night 182, which will take place on November 14 at the UFC Apex arena in Las Vegas, USA.