Report: Edson Barboza-Paul Felder Rematch Slated for UFC 242

By: Jay Pettry
Jul 4, 2019


The Ultimate Fighting Championship has added a significant rematch to UFC 242, as it will reportedly see Edson Barboza run it back with Paul Felder.

According to MMAJunkie.com on Thursday, Barboza (20-7) will be facing Felder (16-4) once again at lightweight at UFC 242. The two previously met at UFC on Fox 16 in 2015, where Barboza handed Felder the first loss of his career in the form of a unanimous decision.

Barboza has had a bit of a rough stretch over the last two years, with his beatdown of Dan Hooker last December surrounded by losses to Justin Gaethje, Kevin Lee and Khabib Nurmagomedov. His win over Hooker did give Barboza his sixth different type of knockout throughout his UFC tenure, when he delivered the Kiwi his first knockout loss with a vicious left hand to the body.

Dating back to 2017, Felder has won four of his last five, including knockouts of Charles Oliveira and Steven Ray, and most recently he beat James Vick on the scorecards. Prior to that victory, he lost a hard-fought split decision to Mike Perry at welterweight that sidelined him for several months with a broken arm. With a stretch of three straight knockouts stemming from elbows in 2017, "The Irish Dragon" is one of four UFC fighters -- along with Amanda Nunes, Jeremy Stephens and Jon Jones -- to earn at least three finishes using his elbows.

UFC 242 takes place on Sept. 7 at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The event will be headlined by a lightweight title unification match between champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Dustin Poirier. Also featured on the card will be a heavyweight battle between Curtis Blaydes and Shamil Abdurakhimov.

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