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2020 was a troublesome yr for Paul Felder. Using the perfect wave of momentum of his profession in direction of the title combine, Felder left all of it within the Octagon in a five-round warfare vs. Dan Hooker. It was an amazing effort, however Hooker was awarded the split-decision victory, leaving Felder understandably heartbroken and not sure of his future at 36 years of age.
Felder was contemplating calling it quits already, coaching for triathlons and dealing on his mic expertise as a part of the commentary workforce. Then, he made the heroic transfer of accepting a combat vs. Rafael dos Anjos on terribly short-notice, however the finish final result was the identical: one other split-decision loss.
On account of these defeats and a scarcity of “burning need” to compete, “The Irish Dragon” introduced his retirement again in Might. Nevertheless, Felder revealed to fellow commentator Brendan Fitzgerald that he’s not too long ago been contemplating a return to motion.
“Honestly, for the primary time in a really very long time since retirement, I really feel like because the triathlon season has slowed and there’s not plenty of races, that I’ve actually type of had an opportunity to mirror on that it’s over, that I’m not combating anymore,” Felder mentioned (by way of Adam Martin). “I’ve missed it tremendously. I’ve began hitting pads, I’ve began doing stuff. Now, that’s to not say that I’m making some comeback. However I’m undoubtedly going residence, I wish to prepare with Sean Brady and the blokes somewhat bit. I wish to see how I really feel after per week of coaching with guys like Sean Brady, Jeremiah Wells, Pat Sabatini, and Andrei Petroski — these guys which might be all Philly guys within the UFC now — kicking my ass, after which we’ll go from there.”
Previous to the “RDA” combat, Felder did signal a multi-fight take care of UFC, so we all know the place Felder will compete if he does certainly make the stroll a minimum of as soon as extra.
Would you prefer to see Felder again within the Octagon, and if that’s the case, vs. what opponent?
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