Paul Felder Explains Why He Chose To Retire From Pro MMA Competition

Paul Felder has provided some details on his decision to retire from pro MMA competition.

During the UFC Vegas 27 broadcast, Felder announced that he has decided to retire. “The Irish Dragon” will remain in the booth, where he has found success as a color commentator for the UFC. Felder ends his pro MMA career with a record of 17-6.

Felder spoke to reporters once UFC Vegas 27 went off the air. He explained why now is the right time to hang up his gloves (h/t

“I don’t think I’m going to get to the belt. I think this is the first time when I finally think after those two losses in a row, watching guys like ‘Jacare’ break their arm, watching guys like ‘Cowboy’ fight five more fights passed when I think they should, and I’m like, ‘I’m not going to be that guy.’ I won’t be that guy that fights past his expiration date, and I think it’s here. I think it’s a touch early, but I’d rather be a touch early than a touch late.”

Felder’s last pro MMA fight took place on November 14, 2020. He dropped a split decision to former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos. Felder hadn’t picked up a win since September 2019.

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