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Quite a few eyebrows were raised when Paul Felder stepped up this week to trade his role at the UFC commentary desk for a slot in a main event when he agreed to replace Islam Makhachev againts Rafael Dos Anjos this Saturday night — and as Felder sees it, he would have been a fool not to take up the opportunity.

Felder, who last fought in February in a losing effort to Dan Hooker, had spoken about slowing down his career and beginning to contemplate retirement but said that he was would only be available for fights which interest him. Evidently, the late-notice bout against former lightweight champion Dos Anjos is just that.

But as Felder explained to TMZ, there is significant reward involved here and not a whole lot of risk.