Burkman used an unforeseeable mix of low kicks and stomps to stop Felder’s forward development, while also surprising him with multi-punch combinations. As the fight degenerated into a brawl late in the first round, Burkman also blended in a successful takedown effort, leaving Felder looking frustrated and baffled.
Felder would rebound in rounds 2 and three, doing strong work with leg kicks of his own and finding openings for his punch mixes.
Those likely carried the 2nd round for Felder, however it was his work in the third that really did the damage. After slamming Burkman with punches and following him into the clinch versus the fence, Felder came upstairs with a sharp elbow to the nose that left Burkman gushing blood.
But while it may have caused a mess, it didn’t appear to affect Burkman much. He rallied to capture a late takedown, in spite of the state of his face, and finished the final round strong. Eventually, however, it wasn’t enough to convince the judges, all 3 of whom scored the defend Felder.
I couldn’t find my range at all in the first round, Felder said. We understood we had to come out and have a really good second round, and I captured him with that elbow.
The win for Felder makes it 2 in a row since the two-fight losing streak he suffered in 2015. Burkman has lost 3 of his last four.