A retired UFC fighter turned commentator doesn’t rule out a comeback.
Speaking to UFC play-by-play commentator Brendan Fitzgerald, former top 10 lightweight Paul Felder said he missed the fight “tremendously” and that he will be going back to the gym to train with UFC welterweight Sean Brady to see how he feels. “The Irish Dragon” has not committed itself to a comeback, but wants to train for “a week” with a few active UFC fighters and see how it goes.
Felder announced his retirement from the sport at the beginning of the year, but is still an integral part of the commentator’s desk as well as training and competing as a triathlete.
“To be honest, for the first time in a long time since retirement, I feel like I’ve slowed down since the triathlon season and not many races are being held, that I really had the opportunity to think about it, that it was over, that I don’t fight anymore, “Felder said of BJ Penn.com. “I missed it a lot. I started hitting pads, I started doing things. That’s not to say I’m making a comeback. But I’m definitely going home, I want to work out a bit with Sean Brady and the guys. I want to see myself kick my ass after a week of training with guys like Sean Brady, Jeremiah Wells, Pat Sabatini and Andrei Petroski – those guys who are now all Philly guys in the UFC – and off we go from there.”
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Felder, 37, retired during the UFC Fight Night 188 broadcast in May 2021 while working as a color commentator. The Irish Dragon is 0-2 in their last two fights, leaving the decisions to ex-UFC lightweight champions Rafael dos Anjos and Dan Hooker.
“It’s really been since February when I fought Dan Hooker in New Zealand. “I thought it was back.
“Since then, I’ve spent most of my time swimming, biking, and running and enjoying commentary, enjoying my time with my family, and I feel like it’s at a point where it’s like I don’t anymore I would burn the desire to keep fighting for many years to become the champion. “
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The Irish Dragon went on to say that it was too far from the cover picture to want to continue.
“I’ve always said that if I don’t see this cover photo in my future for the next year or so I would retire and I would do it for my friends, family and myself to save myself,” said Fields.
The Irish Dragon has a professional MMA record of 17-6, with 10 KO / TKO wins. He holds notable victories against the likes of Charles Oliveira, Edson Barboza and James Vick.
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