Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2580 with Ricardo Lamas, Paul Felder and Glover Teixeira

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Ricardo Lamas, Paul Felder and Glover Teixeira.

Lamas, who faces Josh Emmett on Dec. 16 at UFC on FOX 26, called into the show to talk about his upcoming fight. Felder, a UFC lightweight and color commentator, stopped by the show to unpack his most recent fight with Charles Oliveira at UFC 218, as well as his experiences calling the action at UFC Fight Night 123. Teixeira, who faces Misha Cirkunov at UFC on FOX 26, called in to talk about his matchup this weekend.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ricardo Lamas, Glover Teixeira and Paul Felder

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ricardo Lamas, Glover Teixeira and Paul Felder.

Lamas co-headlines Saturday’s UFC on FOX 26 event against replacement Josh Emmett. Teixeira fights Misha Cirkunov at the network-televised event. Fresh off a UFC 218 win, Felder called the action this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 123.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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After viral video, UFC notables have a message for bully victim Keaton Jones

Keaton Jones’ emotional video – one that quickly went viral – showed the truly heart-breaking effects bullying can have.

Keaton Jones’ mom, Kimberly Jones, posted the gut-wrenching video after picking up her son from his Knoxville, Tenn., school.

In the video, as well as the accompanying caption, Keaton explains why he was scared to go to lunch because of the bullying, which included dousing him with food and milk.

Hoping to show the true effects of bullying, Kimberly posted the video (via Facebook):

As she wrote: “For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had he me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch. My kids are by no stretch perfect, & at home, he’s as all boy as they come, but by all accounts he’s good at school. Talk to your kids. I’ve even had friends of mine tell me they’re kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”

The emotional video has resulted in an outpouring of support, especially from the Tennessee sports scene.

The UFC – including champs Daniel Cormiers and Tyron Woodley, fighter/commentator Paul Felder, vet Rashad Evans, and UFC commentator Kenny Florian – also were part of a video the UFC dedicated to Keaton (via Twitter):

Tennessee native and UFC Fight Night 123 winner Scott Holtzman also hopes to get some time with Keaton (via Twitter):

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Newcomer Brendan Fitzgerald, Paul Felder in Saturday's UFC Fight Night 123 broadcast booth

The broadcast plans for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123 event include some firsts.

Brendan Fitzgerald, who’s recently called Dana White’s Contender Series events on UFC Fight Pass, will make his official UFC broadcasting debut at the event.

FS1 officials today told MMAjunkie Fitzgerald will handle play-by-play duties while fighter-commentator Paul Felder (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who’s fresh of a violent stoppage victory over Charles Oliveira(22-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) this past past weekend at UFC 218, will handle color commentary.

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Saturday at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The card, including the Cub Swanson (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC) vs. Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) featherweight headliner, airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

“I am pumped to get to work for my first full UFC card in Fresno,” Fitzgerald, a former ESPNU anchor and veteran TV sports reporter, said in a statement sent to MMAjunkie. “It was a lot of fun to be a part of the Contender Series this summer, and I’m really happy to continue working with the UFC in a more expanded role. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and confidence shown in me by the UFC and FOX Sports to get this assignment.

“Everyone behind the scenes with the UFC and FOX are top notch, and Paul Felder and I have become fast friends and have a solid on-air chemistry. I can’t say thank you enough to all involved in helping to make this happen.”

Fitzgerald will have some familiarity with a few of the card’s fighters, including DWCS alumni Alex Perez and Benito Lopez.

In addition to Fitzgerald and Felder, the UFC Fight Night 123 broadcasting crew features Megan Olivi hosting the FOX Sports desk in Los Angeles for the first time. Olivi, who’s filling in for Karyn Bryant, works with UFC vets Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian.

Additionally, Laura Sanko is again the on-site reporter, and Victor Davila and Marlon Vera call the action in Spanish for FOX Deportes.

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Paul Felder and Dewey Cooper

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Paul Felder and Dewey Cooper.

Felder defeated Charles Oliveira at UFC 218 on Saturday in Las Vegas. Striking coach Cooper was in the corner of Francis Ngannou as he knocked out heavyweight great Alistair Overeem in the night’s co-headliner.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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After violent UFC 218 finish of Charles Oliveira, Paul Felder still welcomes Al Iaquinta next

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DETROIT – At first Paul Felder wasn’t exactly happy about fellow lightweight Al Iaquinta pulling out of their fight.

But after beating replacement Charles Oliveira (22-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) in violent fashion on Saturday’s featured prelim at UFC 218, Felder (22-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) still thinks Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) would be a great opponent – even if he’s still unsure as to why he withdrew from their meeting in the first place.

“I know his knee has been an issue for a really long time,” Felder said after his FS1-televised bout at UFC 218, which took place at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. “But I think he was just busy selling houses. And I’m not saying that in a disrespectful way. He said in an interview, he’s like, ‘Look, this is a guy that, if I’m going to fight him, I’m going to go full out, and I want to be fully prepared.’

“And I took that as a sign of respect. Maybe with more time. Maybe if we say spring or summer and build it up, maybe me and him could kind of co-headline or headline something, and I think that’s something people can get behind.”

This could be a tough one to put together, considering a recent chat with B.J. Penn Radio had Iaquinta, who also discussed his withdrawal from UFC 218, questioning his very future as an MMA fighter. But a tweet that “Raging” threw directly at Felder today showed that at least he’s aware of his peer’s interest – until he deleted it.

While his UFC future has yet to be determined, Felder can celebrate a pretty impressive present. The second-round knockout of Oliveira rounded out a perfect UFC year for Felder, who knocked out all of his three opponents while earning two “Performance of the Night” bonuses in the process.

The beautifully violent finish, though, didn’t come easy. First, it involved getting out of a tight D’Arce choke that, worsened by an “idiotic” mistake in trying to escape, had Felder concerned.

“For a minute there, I was like, ‘I’m going to get choked out,’” Felder said.

After gasping for air, though, Felder was able to escape. And the risk he took in staying on the ground with the grappling-savvy Oliveira paid off later, when he unleashed some hellish elbows to prompt a stoppage in the second round of the lightweight encounter.

But it wasn’t exactly all smooth sailing there, either, and Felder found himself in the unpleasant position of having to keep punishing an opponent who he had felt tapping.

“Me and (referee Dan Miragliotta) were just talking about it,” Felder said. “He saw (the tap) too, but he thought he was saying like, ‘Wow, nice shot.’ Hey, in the heat of the moment – I’m doing my job. You guys saw me pause for a second. And then he’s still there, and the fight’s not over. And you better believe I’m not stopping until somebody pulls me off. I couldn’t believe how many more I got off before the fight was stopped. …

“On camera, it probably looks like it’s about 0.1 of a second but, for me, it feels like 10 seconds of me being like, ‘Is it going to be over?’”

Felder’s year in the octagon is most likely over, but he’s not off the hook with the UFC just yet. After spending some time with his daughter, whom he paid homage to with an adorable Peppa Pig mouthguard on Saturday, the lightweight will be in the commentary booth for next weekend’s UFC Fight Night 123.

To hear Felder’s full chat with reporters, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 218 results: Paul Felder survives Charles Oliveira's ground game, gets second-round KO

After nearly being choked in the first round, Paul Felder came roaring back in the second, and it was Charles Oliveira who paid the price.

With a series of brutal elbows from inside the guard, Felder (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) put Oliveira (22-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) away at the 4:06 mark of Round 2.

The lightweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 218 event at the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

After an early takedown to start the fight, Felder soon found himself in trouble against the more experienced grappler. As Felder looked to scramble back to his feet, Oliveira locked up a D’arce choke and rolled to cinch it in tighter as Felder struggled to defend.

But no matter how tight the choke seemed to get, Felder wouldn’t give in. He did just enough to defend, following Oliveira from one position to the next, until finally Oliveira’s arms seemed to give out and it was Felder’s turn to go to work with strikes on the mat before the round ended.

Felder soon found himself back in a ground battle to start the second, only this time he maintained a more dominant top position, showing little fear of Oliveira’s submissions game as he worked from inside the Brazilian’s guard.

An elbow by Felder late in the round seemed to hurt Oliveira, who appeared to tap after the strike landed. But when referee Dan Miragliotta made no move to step in, Felder continued to batter Oliveira with several more hard elbows to the face as a clearly hurt Oliveira covered up and waited for the stoppage.

The win makes it three in a row for Felder, all by TKO or KO with his elbows playing an important role. Oliveira has now lost three of his last four.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 218 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson and Mike Bohn contributed to this report on site in Detroit.)

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Even if he beats Paul Felder at UFC 218, Charles Oliveira still plans return to 145-pound division

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DETROIT – A quick submission of Will Brooks wasn’t enough to convince Charles Oliveira to stay at lightweight. But what if a win over Paul Felder at Saturday’s UFC 218 follows?

Still not happening, says Oliveira.

That isn’t a total surprise. Immediately after beating the odds to finish Brooks with an impressive standing rear-naked choke at UFC 210 in April, Oliveira was clear in his intentions. But, after months of asking to return to the octagon, the option to step in for Al Iaquinta against Felder on short-notice was offered.

So Oliveira, as he’s been known to do, said yes.

“I’m a UFC employee – wherever they want me to fight, I will,” Oliveira told MMAjunkie. “But if they asked me to decide, I’d want to be at 145. We’re fighting Paul Felder at 155 and if, God bless, we win, we’ll ask to return to 145. And we’ll see what happens.”

Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) meets Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in an FS1-televised preliminary card bout at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and before the pay-per-view main card.

While Oliveira didn’t start his UFC run at featherweight, that’s been his official division since 2012. He’s fought 12 times between then and UFC 210, but only eight of those were 145-pound bouts – four of them, due to OIiveira’s misses, ended up at catchweight.

The most recent slip was a big one: at UFC Fight Night 98, Oliveira missed the limit in a meeting with Ricardo Lamas by an entire division. But that involved some special circumstances. Not only did Oliveira take it on short-notice, he had to deal with Mexico City’s notoriously tough altitude to shed the pounds.

“It all played a part,” Oliveira said. “I ended up coming in way overweight, and the UFC thought it’d be better if I moved up. That’s sort of what happened.”

Making 155 is, of course, easier. But the 145-pound division is where Oliveira believes he belongs. Rather than turning into a lightweight contender, he hopes back-to-back wins over the likes of Brooks and Felder grant him enough goodwill to return to not only where he feels the most comfortable – but where he wants to be champion.

“I beat Will Brooks, who’s a very tough guy and an ex-champion (at Bellator),” Oliveira said. “So it carries a lot of weight. And now there’s Paul Felder, who might not be ranked but who everyone knows is a very tough guy. Going back down after these two wins, I think we’re in the mix.

“Of course there’s Cub Swanson, there’s Frankie Edgar, these guys up there. But I think, getting back to 145, one or two fights and we’re close to the belt again.”

The matchup with Felder offers somewhat of a clear stylistic narrative. As his nine submission wins in the octagon show, Oliveira’s grappling is his biggest weapon. While Felder, who comes off back-to-back knockout wins, has a penchant for striking battles.

Given this general outlook, Oliveira believes Felder won’t want to take his chances on the ground.

“I think not only Paul Felder, but no one in the division wants to go to the mat with me,” Oliveira said. “I think Felder will have the same strategy: to trade blows and keep the distance, not wanting me to shorten the distance and take him down.

“I think none of them want that. I see it as classic: He’s a great striker, and I’m a guy with great ground game.”

But, if it comes down to it, Oliveira is in no way intimidated by the thought of meeting his opponent where he’s strongest.

“I’m at the best team in the world, Chute Boxe Dhiego Lima,” Oliveira said. “They’re the best at muay Thai. I’m at 100 percent, both on the feet and on the ground. I’ll surprise the world in this fight.”

To hear more from Oliveira, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Paul Felder: I love commentary but plan on 'fighting my balls off' at UFC 218

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DETROIT – Paul Felder wants to remind the world that fighting is his first and main priority when he steps back in the octagon Saturday at UFC 218.

Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has consistently been in the public eye as of a late because of UFC commentary duties, as well as analyst work for FOX Sports. He gets back to fighting at UFC 218, though, when he meets Charles Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) in the featured FS1-televised preliminary bout following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and prior to the pay-per-view main card at Little Caesars Arena.

Although he’s thrived in the broadcast booth, recently calling UFC Fight Night 120 alongside Jon Anik, Felder insists his active fighting career still comes first. He intends on proving that against Oliveira.

“This is what I do,” Felder told MMAjunkie. “I love calling those fights; it’s fun. It’s something I do want to do full-time when I’m done fighting. I want to do it as much as I can in between fights, as well. But I’m a fighter. People are sending me some tweets like, ‘If I was you I would just be commentating.’ Nobody cares about just the commentator, they care about who I am as a fighter and can add my point of view to the fight cards.

“First and foremost I like to go out there and throw down and put on exciting fights. It’s what got me where I am. It’s what got me that job opportunity because of what I do when I go in that octagon.”

Although Felder is attempting to keep his two jobs separate, he admits there’s some beneficial overlap. The mental exercise of analyzing fights in front of a live audience is a challenge, but Felder said it also expands his knowledge of the sport in a way that will better his own performances.

“One of the things I really picked up when I was calling the Virginia card, I get to see 13 fights, these guys make that walk to the octagon,” Felder said. “I see how they react, I see their presence, I see their energy. Who is confident, who is not confident. I get to take away a lot of experience without actually fighting.”

Despite juggling side gigs, 2017 has been a positive year for Felder when it comes to his work inside the octagon. Outside of it, though, Felder had to deal with tragedy of his father’s passing. Felder scored first-round knockouts in both of his fights, and he intends on closing out his year with another one against Oliveira.

“It’s been a good year career-wise, but still at the end of the day I lost my dad this year,” Felder said. “He’s still something I think about a lot when I’m at Roufusport and thinking about in the moments I’m by myself in the hotel room. This one’s for my daughter, for my mom, for my dad who passed, for my bothers, my family, and the people who live vicariously through what I do.

“I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders to end this year strong and get a win, of course, but more importantly it’s about fighting my balls off and putting on a show. As long as I do that I can walk out of there with whatever result.”

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Paul Felder credits manager for keeping him sane despite UFC 218 opponent switch

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Paul Felder’s manager kept him in the dark, but that turned out to be a good thing.

When lightweight Al Iaquinta’s (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) participation at UFC 218 was cast into doubt, Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) didn’t hear about it again until the promotion locked down Charles Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) as a replacement.

The manager, Brian Butler of SuckerPunch Entertainment, had kept the news from Felder for five days, and for good reason.

“Because he knows I’m a nutcase, and I would have started losing my mind and flipping out,” Felder, who headlines the FS1-televised prelims of the Dec. 2 event at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, told MMAjunkie Radio. “I might have started just eating candy and go and get a beer. So I was just focused until we had an opponent, which is smart. I gave him the green light on that kind of stuff.”

Felder figures the more he’s able to shut out the outside world and prepare, the better. He needs the regularity of training camp so as to not go off the rails.

Oliveira was one of several fighters initially pitched as a replacement, though, so the adjustment from Iaquinta was not a big one. Felder even likes some of the Brazilian veteran’s tendencies in a fight, which is why he’s enjoyed the preparation.

“It’s actually a fun fight because of his striking style and how he moves forward with that old school muay Thai style, the way he marches forward,” Felder said. “I think a lot of this fight could take place on the feet, which is something I’m excited about.”

A striking specialist, Felder works with famed MMA coach and former kickboxing champion Duke Roufus. But he’s also ready for the ground attack that Oliveira has used to submit many tough opponents.

“I’m going to try and break him as soon as possible,” Felder said. “But I have to be intelligent, too. I don’t think it’s any surprise that he’s probably going to try to get me to the mat and use his jiu-jitsu. I’m here with a great team and a great jiu-jitsu coach, so I’m on the mat literally every day.

“We’re prepared, and me and Duke (Roufus) have a plan in place for his striking.”

The unranked Oliveira doesn’t offer as much upside to Felder’s career as did Iaquinta, who’s ranked No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. Still, Felder is dedicated to his ultimate goal of fighting his way up the ladder.

Even his other job as a UFC commentator won’t slow him down, he said, though he does see a point where his time will come to an end.

“I don’t plan on fighting until I’m 40,” Felder said. “I’m 33, and I’m trying to make a run. I’m trying to climb the ranks and make money and get ranked and try to get to that title. If I get there, I’ll stay longer. If I get close, I’ll stay longer.

“If I’m just fighting for a paycheck, that’s when I’ll step down and let the young guns come in and take over, and just watch them fight and call their fights and try to get more of a full-time position as an analyst and work with the UFC if possible.”

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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