Paul Felder Opens up on Fighting Depression

Published 01/29/2021, 6:40 AM EST
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 spoke out on behalf of the ‘Bell Let’s talk’ platform that aims to promote mental health awareness. The UFC lightweight fighter passionately shared his candid views on the topic whilst also broaching his own struggles with mental health.

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The effort comes in as part of the UFC’s tie-up, and the platform also sees several other celebrities spreading awareness.

‘The Irish Dragon’ has become a spokesperson for the UFC in many ways after taking over commentary duties. He’s one of the few active fighters who also keeps to a rigorous broadcasting schedule. Chiefly, he’s come out as one of the most promising analyst prospects since Daniel Cormier made the leap into broadcasting.

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Paul Felder aims to break all stigmas

The issue of mental health and well-being has come to the forefront consistently, more so when dealing with contact sports. The uncertainties of life after combat have left fighters wondering what the future holds for them. Moreover, Felder’s insights on the matter offer a valuable perspective that guarantees some amount of clarity on the same.

7DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Paul Felder celebrates his victory over Charles Oliveira during UFC 218 at Little Ceasars Arena on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

He said, “One of the things that I do, especially in a sport like MMA where your mind can kind of play tricks on you and get to you, make you depressed and all kinds of extremes is, I like to think about where I’ve come from. Where I’m trying to go and what’s driving me to do that.”

‘The Irish Dragon’ helps pave the way

Additionally, Felder made sure to speak to the factors that motivate him and help keep his mind in the game. The fight game can be stressful and Paul Felder’s advice is valuable considering the balance that he’s managed to find for himself.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Paul Felder battles Edson Barboza of Brazil in their lightweight bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Whenever I’m getting really upset about something and I really start to get down on myself, I really count my blessings. I think about the loved ones around me, think about anything that’s positive in my life and I think about how much worse off so many people in the world today have it.”

“That’s just one little thing that I do especially when I start to get down on myself…I really just line up the things that I have going right and that I have going better than so many people around the world that would do absolutely anything to be in my place and living my life.”

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As time progresses, the conversation around mental health and combat sports is sure to become more fluid. Paul Felder along with other notable personalities have come out and will certainly impact people with their message.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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