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Paul Felder is a man who wears many hats. The 35-year-old veteran remains a top-ranked Lightweight contender, but he also works as a commentator and cornerman. Following a frustrating split-decision loss to Dan Hooker that ended his win streak, it was not a complete surprise to see Felder leave his gloves in the ring.
Of course, this is MMA, and the first retirement rarely sticks. Felder soon expressed his willingness to return for any interesting challenges. Apparently, a short-notice, five-round battle with a former champion in Rafael dos Anjos qualifies, as “The Irish Dragon” jumped on the opportunity just a couple days ago.
Will he stick around after this bout? Even the man himself is uncertain.
“I say 50-50,” Felder explained (transcription via BloodyElbow). “I was thinking about that. What a way to just be like, ‘Boom! Mic drop.’
“(The odds will) probably do increase (if I win),” he continued. “If I lose, then I might want to have to get back in there for one more. It might eat away at me, just kind of like the Hooker fight that I was ready to move on. And then it’s like, ‘No.’ I still haven’t proven quite what I’m capable of.”
Win or lose, Felder understands that his time is almost up, but the specifics depend on how everything shakes out following this main event slot.
“I know I’m nearing the end of my career soon, and this, I think, it’s win-win for me,” Felder said. “Because if I go in there and I can finish and beat RDA, a former champ, then it gives me a lot of selling points to be getting these bigger fights which seem to have been eluding me in the top five of the lightweight division here in the UFC. How do you not give me something big after this if I go in there after stepping up?
“If it doesn’t go my way, then I saved the day. I’m going in there to try to win.”
Anthony Pettis kicks the can:
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Edmen Shahbazyan sounds like a pretty fun battle of dangerous strikers.
Khabib and his father get a mural in Dagestan.
With the bout between Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier inching closer to an official announcement, is Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson the fight to make? I’d watch!
Glad We Got Some Answers. Now Where You At @tonyfergusonxt ? #CSO RT @MMAFighting: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 officially booked for UFC 257 (@DamonMartin) https://t.co/7z3OgmkoQ5 pic.twitter.com/AVsoZ14bWD— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) November 10, 2020
Ideal coaching choice for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF)? The heat would be real, but I feel like these two would be unwatchable together by episode three.
The Ultimate Fighter just became great again. pic.twitter.com/23lHpUiHku— MMA Gone Wild (@mmagonewild) November 11, 2020
This Michelle Waterson fight scene is pretty cool!
Councilman Tito video of the week!
Tito Ortiz (speaking to police): “I know what you guys go through, and you guys are very thankful for your jobs. If it wasn’t for you guys, our cities would be in law and order, right?” pic.twitter.com/XMNdNMyLvA— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) November 11, 2020
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Julian Marquez returns this weekend following a nearly 2.5 year layoff on Saturday night opposite Saparbek Safarov.
Typically, the go-to from this bolt cutter position is attack the d’arce, but knees to a grounded opponent change the game!
Please y’all ... stop fighting on concrete.
Mind the guard rails.
Midnight Music, Benavidez edition #3: No specific reasoning offered on this one, but you won’t find a bigger John Lennon fan.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.