Paul Felder has decided to finish his martial arts career, and he shared the big decision publicly on Sunday during the broadcast of the UFC Vegas 27 show. ‘The Irish Dragon’ is retiring with 37 years, 17 wins and six losses.
Felder has been involved in MMA professionally for almost 10 years, and made his debut in December 2011 when he stopped Mtume Goodrum by technical knockout in Atlantic City. As an undefeated fighter (8-0), he joins the UFC, and made his successful debut for the world’s leading MMA promotion in October 2014 when he defeated Jason Sagg by a split decision of the referees.
Felder has been one of the most famous faces of the lightweight category for years, and some of his biggest victories include those over James Vic, Edson Barboza, as well as today’s current champion Charles Oliveira whom he knocked out in December 2017.
After a match with a great Brazilian fighter, Paul recorded three defeats and two victories. The outcomes of all his last five fights were decided by referee cards, and as many as four times it was about shared decisions.
He played his last match in November 2020 when he lost to former champion Rafael dos Anjos in a fight of the evening.
"Some fire awoke in me for that fight with the RDA that I accepted five days before the event. I thought I was back, and since then I've actually spent most of my days swimming, cycling, commenting and enjoying family."
"I feel like I’ve gotten to the point where I no longer have that desire to fight for a few more years and try to become a champion.I’ve always told myself I’ll retire if I don’t see that champion picture."
"I’m doing this for my friends and my family, but also for myself." "I feel fresh, I love the UFC for everything they've given me and for every opportunity I've been given, including this one to sit at this table and do a television job.
I've always wanted to do that and I intend to continue to do so," Paul said and after that he added: "I'm officially retiring from MMA and the UFC. I was sixth in the world and was close to fighting for that belt.
I've fought some of the meanest characters in this category and I want to thank them all this way." "I apologize for being in the same category, especially those below me, as well as the young lions that are coming in.
I'm retiring because I don't want to keep them anymore. I would also like more fighters to do the same thing. When it's time, then it's time. That would be it from me ", concluded Felder.