UFC 208: Paul Felder Faces Gilbert Burns in Striker vs. Grappler Matchup

Two very talented lightweights looking to rebound from losses will meet at UFC 208, as Paul Felder will take on grappling wizard Gilbert Burns.

The UFC announced the matchup on their website.

Both Paul Felder and Gilbert Burns have had their ups-and-downs in the Octagon. Both men are in one of the valleys, coming off of losses to talented opponents. The red-hot Francisco Trinaldo handed Paul Felder his most recent loss, while the pressure game of Michel Prazeres was too much for Burns to handle in his last outing.

Prior to making it to the highest level, Paul Felder was undefeated at 8-0 and defended the CFFC lightweight title once. He made his mark in his second Octagon appearance with a stunning spinning backfist knockout against Danny Castillo.

Since then, he is 2-3 but never fails to entertain with his aggressive striking style. Felder’s last fight against Francisco Trinaldo in September was stopped in the third round due to a cut over his eye.

Gilbert Burns is a gifted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner with several high-level medals to his name. His skills have translated to mixed martial arts success, with a 12-2 record and eight submissions in his career.

Of Burns’ four victories in the Octagon, three have ended with a submission, including an armbar over Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira. Although the striking of Burns is improving, Michel Prazeres was too active for Burns to drum up any success in his last appearance.

Although the February 11 event taking place in the Barclays Center of Brooklyn, New York, does not yet have a set main event, the card reads as follows:

  • Holly Holm vs. Germaine De Randamie – For Women’s Featherweight Title
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
  • Luis Henrique vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Roan Carneiro vs. Ryan LaFlare
  • Ian McCall vs. Neil Seery
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Nik Lentz
  • Randy Brown vs. George Sullivan
  • Wilson Reis vs. Yuta Sasaki
  • Jim Miller vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Paul Felder vs. Gilbert Burns

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