Paul Felder Says He Was Called a Coward by the Fans

Published 05/23/2021, 6:26 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)


The fan base in every sport often gets toxic for the athletes involved from time to time. The sport of Mixed Martial arts is not saved from this. The fickle fanbase in MMA often gets to the fighters too, despite being the toughest human beings on the planet. Paul ‘The Irish Dragon’ Felder is the latest to admit that the hate online got to him as an active competitor.

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Now that ‘The Irish Dragon’ has officially announced his retirement from the sport, he addressed this issue at the post-fight press conference.

 

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“I was getting so sick of being called a coward, being called afraid, ducking people, which everyone in this room knows goddamn well there’s not an ounce of truth in that,” Felder said in the press conference.

Felder was recently caught up in heated exchanges on Twitter with trolls. Islam Makhachev, the surging Dagestani lightweight, is on a run to the title. To inch closer to the title, he needs to fight guys higher than him in the rankings. Felder is ranked 5 guys ahead of Makhachev in the rankings and hence got called out by him on Twitter. Felder, who has been mulling retirement for quite a while now, wasn’t really into it.

 

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“Did I turn down fights? Yeah, because I don’t want to fight anymore and I couldn’t say that because I hadn’t officially announced my retirement,” the former lightweight contender further said.

Felder’s reaction to Makhachev’s callout triggered responses from trolls online. Felder himself addressed many of the negative comments.

 

So I got all these guys trying to fight me and all these fans turning on me and telling me how much of a coward I am, when really in my mind I know it’s because I know I am not going to compete anymore,” he elaborated.

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Felder has always been a good follow on Twitter if you’re into MMA. His random responses to trolls have always been tongue in cheek and entertaining, to the say least. Many other prominent names in the world of mixed martial arts like Darren Till, Derrick Brunson, and Kevin Holland also followed his way of addressing hate online directly online.

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Akshit Pushkarna

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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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