UFC star Paul Felder takes five-round fight on just FIVE days' notice to face Rafael dos Anjos & save Fight Night event

UFC star Paul Felder has agreed to take on Rafael dos Anjos in a five-round fight on just FIVE days' notice to save Sunday's Fight Night event.

The American veteran, 35, has bravely stepped in to take part in the main event after Islam Makhachev pulled out for unknown reasons.

Felder – who hasn't fought since February – will have just five days to prepare for Sunday's clash, still set for 155lbs.

'The Irish Dragon' last stepped into the octagon in February, where he narrowly tasted defeat at the hands of Dan Hooker.

After hinting at retirement, Felder vowed to fight on, but hadn't been booked since – instead working as a colour commentator for other fights – until now.

With Dos Anjos' UFC Vegas 14 main event set to collapse, Felder stepped in to save the show.

Taking to Twitter to show his gratitude, Dos Anjos wrote: "We need more fighters like you @felderpaul.

"Thank you for taking the fight and saving the show."

Felder replied by joking he'd use this moment to warn off any future boyfriends of daughter, Aisling.

The 17-5-0 American tweeted: "The show must go on as they say!

"This man is a legend. These are the moments I will tell my grandkids about.

"Or when Aisling tries to bring home a boy! #mainevent".

Felder's manager, Brian Butler, revealed his last-minute heroism was only possible thanks to 'biking and swimming like a mad man' recently.

Butler said: "Any other time, this would have been impossible.

"But Paul has been biking and swimming like a mad man.

"He woke up this morning and his health data says he’s peaking.

"The universe wanted this to happen."

Fans and pundits alike have been left impressed by Felder's attitude.

Sam Catterall tweeted: "Paul Felder taking a five round fight, on five days notice, at 155lbs against the former lightweight champion in RDA, is as gangster as it gets. The UFC. The best."

Brett Okamoto added: "Per UFC officials, none other than Paul Felder is stepping in on FIVE DAYS' notice to fight Rafael dos Anjos.

"STILL a five round fight. STILL 155 pounds. Wow."

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