“He Wants to Fight Me? Lets Do It” – Paul Felder Calls out Conor McGregor

Published 03/06/2020, 7:42 AM EST


Conor McGregor’s return has opened up opportunities for a lot of fighters. After his win over Cowboy Cerrone, he called out a lot of people including Paul Felder. Since “The Irish Dragon” already had a fight lined up for him, he didn’t immediately cater to Conor’s call out. Now that the Dan Hooker bout is behind him, Paul Felder has no issue in accepting the challenge by the Irishman.

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A rehabbing Felder sat down with The Schmo at UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. He discussed various issues with the biggest of them being a call out from McGregor himself. He recognised that the opportunity to fight “The Notorious One” could result in a big pay-day for him. Conor brings with himself a plethora of attention that also gets translated to monetary benefits for his opponents.

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I had a fight lined up. So I didn’t mind looking into it too much,” Felder said regarding Conor’s call out at UFC 246. “But it’s been a couple of times now that he has said some things to say to me,” Felder added. Paul was a ringside commentator for UFC 246. There were a lot of big names present in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on that night. People were expecting Conor to call out Kamaru Usman or Jorge Masvidal, both of whom were in the audience. Felder’s name, though taken indirectly, shocked a lot of people.

“He can call me whatever he wants” – Paul Felder responds to McGregor

Paul Felder is a very realistic fighter. He knows that he is coming off a loss. On top of that, he is slowly ageing away too. A fight with McGregor can propel him into mainstream media attention. And that’s why he finds nothing wrong with whatever Conor wishes to call him.

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It’s all positive in my eyes. When you’ve got somebody as big as Conor talking to you or calling you names. He can call me whatever he wants. What’s the worst thing that can happen. He wants to fight me. Let’s do it. We can have the Irish American vs the true Irishman

In the same post-fight interview that McGregor called out Felder, he also said that he is not exactly there yet. Perhaps it was due to this reason that he wants Felder as a tune-up fight. Moreover, Conor has made it clear that he wishes to stay busy.

Although Dana has said that he wants McGregor to fight the winner of Khabib vs Tony. But Conor knows that spending some time in the Octagon with the quality competition that Felder provides is a much better idea than going straight against either of the two juggernauts.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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