As multiple high ranking fighters jockey for position, many fans have suggested a tournament to decide the new champion.
Among these fans is, surely enough, the #7 ranked lightweight contender Paul Felder. “I think that tournament idea is really cool, honestly, because it gets all of us busy and active right away,” said the “Irish Dragon.” “I think it makes sense to make this big eight-man tournament or something like that and have us work our way up toward that belt.”
Felder suggested that this is the best method to prevent “hand-picked” matchups that could leave legitimate contenders out of luck, and that it could break the deadlock that has developed in the division. “When you’ve had a champion like Khabib, and then he’s gone, you’ve got all these contenders who are all bouncing around wins and losses with each other,” said Felder.
Felder seemingly announced his retirement earlier this year after a split decision loss to Dan Hooker at UFC Fight Night 168, but he is back in the fray now after accepting a fight with Rafael dos Anjos on just five days’ notice.
The two have both made weight and are scheduled to fight tomorrow at UFC Fight Night 182.