MMA Stars Send Their Wishes to Paul Felder As He Announces His Retirement

Published 05/23/2021, 9:13 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Paul Felder of United States compete against Edson Barboza of Brazil in their Lightweight Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)


Paul Felder has been one of the staples to the UFC’s ever-dynamic career lightweight division since he signed with the promotion in 2014. Going 9-6 in his run with the promotion, Felder has always been a fan favorite because of his entertaining fighting style.

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Registering wins over names like Charles Oliveira, Edson Barboza, and James Vick amongst others, ‘The Irish Dragon’ always stepped in the octagon with mean ambitions. He’s been in wars with the likes of Dan Hooker and Rafael dos Anjos.

Training out of the legendary Duke Roufus’ Roufusport MMA gym in Milwaukee, Felder has appeased fans with his creative striking and knockout ability.

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He’s had an incredible career here. He’s a great commentator, he’s done an amazing job here. I am happy for him. Congrats on what he has done for us in the past and I look forward to working with him in the future,” UFC President Dana White said about Felder’s retirement in a post-fight interview.

Resuming work as an analyst with the UFC, Felder would continue to make his presence felt in the MMA world outside the octagon. His retirement speech saw him thank the UFC for the opportunity for giving him the opportunity to fight under the brightest lights for as long as he did. Felder now looks forward to working as a full-time analyst with the promotion, alomgside other retired fighters like Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier.

 

“You’ll be seeing me around. You’ll see this ugly mug on the TV for a long time to come,” Felder said during his retirement speech.

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Reactions to Felder’s storied fighting career

MMA Twitter responded to the retirement of ‘The Irish Dragon’, wishing him well and congratulating him for an excellent fighting career.

Notable MMA journalists like Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto tweeted about his retirement promptly.

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Islam Makhachev, who was targeting a fight with Felder, wished him well for his future endeavors.

 

Welterweight contender Michael Chiesa wrote a heartfelt piece on the fighting career of Felder. Others also congratulated Felder on his fighting career on social media.

 

 

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Paul Felder has earned the respect of the audience as well as his peers in his career as a prizefighter. Coming out of it, he has been fortunate enough to make use of his tremendous skills on the microphone as a commentator and analyst for the sport. Given his love for the sport, Felder will contribute to the MMA community. He is, indeed, a born fighter.

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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