Felder (+160) drew the two-time Cage Warriors champion into
close-quarters combat, creating space with standing elbows to the
head and knee strikes to the body. With roughly 90 seconds left in
the first round, he circled off the fence and blasted Ray with a
crushing knee upstairs. “Braveheart” hit the deck in a dazed state
and desperately tried to bottle up Felder in guard. Ray was not
successful. The punches fell first and were followed by a burst of
nasty elbows that netted the finish.
“I feel really calm and collected,” said Felder, who endured the
death of his father during training camp. “I feel like I’m finally
showing what I’ve been capable of my whole UFC career. I had to do
some changes. I had to find some new coaches and find my home and
find my balance in what makes me tick as a fighter. I really think
I’ve found that.”
Ray was not the only favorite to meet with unexpected results.
Nelson (-178) walked into a counter right hand from Santiago
Ponzinibbio in the main event and never recovered. The
Argentine powerhouse backed a visibly stunned Nelson to the fence
and uncorked a clean left that put him on the canvas.
American Top Team’s Ponzinibbio (+146) mopped up the rest with
a few follow-up punches before referee Leon
Roberts could arrive on the scene. The 30-year-old has won five
fights in a row, three of them finishes.
Finally, Danny Henry
emerged from a battle between promotional newcomers on the
undercard, as he captured a unanimous verdict over the previously
Teymur (-193) at 155 pounds. All three cageside judges sided
with Henry (+153): 29-28, 29-28 and 29-26. The 28-year-old finds
himself on a four-fight winning streak and has rattled off eight
victories across his last nine outings.