With Rustam Khabilov Out, Danny Castillo Gets Paul Felder at UFC 182 in Las Vegas

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 9, 2014
Danny Castillo has a new opponent for UFC 182. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Danny Castillo will face Paul Felder in a lightweight bout at UFC 182.

Sherdog.com confirmed the matchup with UFC officials on Tuesday. Castillo was originally supposed to face Rustam Khabilov, but MMAJunkie.com reported that visa issues forced the Dagestani fighter to pull out of the bout. UFC 182 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 3 and is headlined by a light heavyweight title tilt between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

Anchored at Team Alpha Male, Castillo went 1-1 in 2014, scoring a second-round knockout victory over Charlie Brenneman at UFC 172 before dropping a split decision to Tony Ferguson this past August.

Felder, meanwhile, is unbeaten in nine professional outings, with six of those victories coming by knockout or technical knockout. He made his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night “MacDonald vs. Saffiediene,” taking a split verdict over Jason Saggo.

Khabilov last competed at UFC Fight Night in Albuquerque, where he was submitted by former lightweight champion Benson Henderson with a fourth-round rear-naked choke in June.


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