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Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder Added to UFC 218 in Detroit

The speculation is finally over.  At UFC 218 in Detroit on December 2nd, “Raging” Al Iaquinta (13-3-1, 8-2 UFC) will take on Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder (14-3, 6-3 UFC) in a pivotal lightweight clash.  The bout had been rumored on Twitter after both men sent out cryptic tweets hinting at the fight.  The Detroit Free Press confirmed and broke the news on their website earlier today.

Felder last competed at UFC Fight Night: Glasgow, where he viciously knocked out hometown hero Stevie Ray with a brutal elbow.  Felder is known to MMA fans for his exciting fighting style and toughness, something that falls right in line with Long Island’s Al Iaquinta.  Iaquinta has had his troubles with the UFC, taking a two-year hiatus from the sport from April of 2015 to April of 2017.  In his return fight, Iaquinta faced off against future UFC Hall of Famer Diego Sanchez, whom he knocked out in just 98 seconds.

Stay tuned to MMA Today for all of the latest updates, announcements, and news regarding UFC 218!

UFC 218 takes place Saturday, December 2nd, live on pay-per-view from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Michigan.  The card is currently headlined by UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway as he defends his belt against former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.  Also on the card, Alistair Overeem battles Francis Ngannou and The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje throw down in a lightweight slugfest.

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