Paul Felder Reveals Two Reasons Why He Would Come Out of Retirement to Fight in the UFC Again

Published 11/26/2021, 7:42 AM EST
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)

Former UFC lightweight Paul Felder spoke to MMA Junkie in an extended sit down to talk about his life and career. ‘The Irish Dragon’ has successfully transitioned out of the octagon into a role as a commentator for UFC events. By all estimations, he has excelled at the role and will be looking to push forward at the broadcast booth.

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While talking about his current role with the UFC, Felder was asked whether he would entertain a return to the cage. Paul Felder last fought in November 2020 in a short notice effort and came up short against Rafael dos Anjos. Interestingly, Paul Felder put forth two possible scenarios that would entice him to make a comeback to the UFC.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – FEBRUARY 23: Paul Felder prepares to fight Dan Hooker of New Zealand in their lightweight during the UFC Fight Night event at Spark Arena on February 23, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“There’s like two scenarios right. Obviously, the money fight. If for some reason, Conor just hates my guts again and wants to fight me, okay sure. I’ll throw on the old MMA gloves again and get back in there to change my life and teach him a lesson.”

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It’s no surprise that Paul Felder would swoop in on an opportunity to make millions fighting Conor McGregor. ‘Notorious’ has been the biggest draw in the sport and his ability to command the box office is legendary.

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What is the second incentive that could bring Felder back into action?

The Irish Dragon’ also revealed a second reason that would tug at his heartstrings to make a return to fighting. Felder would come back if he could fight at his home arena, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, alongside his teammates. Felder is a born team worker, and he’s always stepped up to support his crew.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – FEBRUARY 23: Paul Felder reacts after the conclusion of his lightweight during the UFC Fight Night event at Spark Arena on February 23, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“And the other one, Sean Brady actually texted me the other day… and he’s like ‘Would you come back out of retirement for a fight at the Wells Fargo with all of us. Now we’ve got like, you know 8 Philly guys. Petroski, the Daukaus brothers, Jeremiah Wells, Sabatini, Brady, Bill Algeo is still from the Pennsylvania area right outside of Philly.”

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“That would be tough to turn down. But I don’t know when they’re coming back to the Wells Fargo or who would I fight I don’t know.”

As it stands, it’s too early to tell if things will fall in favor of Paul Felder making a return. However, fans would certainly love to see him lace up the gloves one last time.

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What do you think? Do any of the aforementioned scenarios appear likely to come to fruition? Let us know in the comments section below.

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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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