Paul Felder has referred to as time on his UFC profession after saying his retirement throughout UFC Vegas 27 on the weekend.
The Irish Dragon departs the game on the age of 37 and with a document of 23-6.
He by no means managed to get a light-weight title shot, however he has been extremely ranked within the division and has hovered in and across the high 5 lately.
Actually, Felder is the final man to have defeated present light-weight champion, Charles Oliviera.
Down the years, Conor McGregor has taken pictures at Felder for utilizing the ‘Irish Dragon’ nickname as a result of, after all, he’s not really Irish.
Felder is of Irish heritage and ancestry, however McGregor has maintained that the identify Felder is German and that made a mini feud between the pair.
Nonetheless, the first-ever double champion in UFC historical past modified his tune to want Felder properly on his retirement.
“Congrats to the “Irish Dragon” Paul Felder on his retirement! Correct Pina Colada on me fella! #Respect @felderpaul”
Whereas the usage of the nickname is a pleasant nod to their humorous exchanges, McGregor paid respect to his former divisional rival.
After UFC’s card on Saturday, Felder defined his choice to stroll away from combating, one thing he very almost did after combating Dan Hooker in February 2020.
“I actually waited till I knew,” Felder stated on the post-fight press convention. “After the [Dan] Hooker combat, it was sort of emotional and I misplaced the combat and I’m distant from house and it was a wrestle. However then I did discover that fireside once more after I bought the [Rafael dos Anjos] combat.
“I went again and did camps and I used to be serving to Sean Brady prepare for fights and I used to be hitting pads, I used to be lifting once more, I used to be doing all these issues and simply slowly over time I began drifting again in the direction of doing my very own issues and actually simply loving doing this triathlon stuff alone, having time, seeing my daughter on a regular basis after faculty, dropping her off in school.
“Coaching in my very own little ache cave at house within the storage and getting stuff performed. I don’t suppose I’m going to get to the belt. I feel that is the primary time the place I lastly actually suppose after these two losses in a row, watching guys like ‘Jacare’ [Souza] break their arm, watching guys like ‘Cowboy’ [Cerrone] combat 5 extra fights than I feel they need to.
“I’m not going to be that man. I’ve stated from the very starting of this sport, I received’t be that man that fights previous his expiration date and I feel it’s right here. I feel it’s a contact early however I’d relatively or not it’s a contact early than a contact late.”
UFC president Dana White was stuffed with reward for Felder, too, and says he’ll clearly stay on the commentary group within the firm.
“Yeah he’s had an unimaginable profession right here and now he’s beginning, properly I shouldn’t say beginning. However, he actually is beginning his new profession after combating,” White stated post-fight (through MMA Mania).
“He’s an amazing commentator. He’s performed an incredible job right here and I’m glad for him.
“Congrats on what he has performed for us previously and I sit up for working with him sooner or later.”