Historically, MMA retirements haven’t lasted too lengthy, and it seems Paul Felder simply is likely to be the following.
It’s been solely 5 months since Felder formally introduced his retirement, however after staying in form and competing in a triathlon, combating remains to be not a distant reminiscence for the “Irish Dragon.”
Not solely that, however Felder (17-6 MMA, 9-6 UFC) has been commentating UFC occasions, in addition to Dana White’s Contender Series, so he’s been across the sport sufficient to present him that itch to come back again.
Speaking to his broadcast companion, Brendan Fitzgerald, Felder didn’t say he’s formally popping out of retirement, however he additionally didn’t rule out the likelihood.
“I feel like since the triathlon season has slowed, and there’s not a lot of races, I’ve really had a chance to reflect on that it’s over, that I’m not fighting anymore, and I’ve missed it tremendously,” Felder mentioned. “I started hitting pads, I started doing stuff. Now, that’s not to say that I’m making some comeback, but I’m definitely gonna go home, I want to train with Sean Brady and the guys a little bit, and I wanna see how I feel after a week of training with somebody like Sean Brady, Jeremiah Wells, Pat Sabatini, Andre Petroski, these Philly guys in the UFC, and we’ll go from there.”
Felder not too long ago spent a while coaching at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, and the 37-year-old definitely appears in form.
Felder hasn’t competed since stepping in on simply 5 days’ discover to tackle former light-weight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the principle occasion of UFC Fight Night 182 final November. He misplaced the bout by cut up choice however earned the “Fight of the Night” bonus.
Check out Felder’s full dialogue with Fitzgerald within the video under: