Midnight Mania! ‘I Have Missed It Tremendously’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

2020 was a difficult year for Paul Felder. Riding the best wave of momentum of his career towards the title mix, Felder left it all in the Octagon in a five-round war vs. Dan Hooker. It was a tremendous effort, but Hooker was awarded the split-decision victory, leaving Felder understandably heartbroken and unsure of his future at 36 years of age.

Felder was considering calling it quits already, training for triathlons and working on his mic skills as part of the commentary team. Then, he made the heroic move of accepting a fight vs. Rafael dos Anjos on extraordinarily short-notice, but the end outcome was the same: another split-decision loss.

As a result of those defeats and a lack of “burning desire” to compete, “The Irish Dragon” announced his retirement back in May. However, Felder revealed to fellow commentator Brendan Fitzgerald that he’s recently been considering a return to action.

“Truthfully, for the first time in a very long time since retirement, I feel like since the triathlon season has slowed and there’s not a lot of races, that I’ve really kind of had a chance to reflect on that it’s over, that I’m not fighting anymore,” Felder said (via Adam Martin). “I have missed it tremendously. I’ve started hitting pads, I’ve started doing stuff. Now, that’s not to say that I’m making some comeback. But I’m definitely going home, I want to train with Sean Brady and the guys a little bit. I want to see how I feel after a week of training with guys like Sean Brady, Jeremiah Wells, Pat Sabatini, and Andrei Petroski — these guys that are all Philly guys in the UFC now — kicking my ass, and then we’ll go from there.”

Prior to the “RDA” fight, Felder did sign a multi-fight deal with UFC, so we know where Felder will compete if he does indeed make the walk at least once more.

Would you like to see Felder back in the Octagon, and if so, vs. what opponent?


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