One of the UFC’s top lightweight, Paul Felder has retired from the UFC. He may not have been the best fighter, but no one could take away how entertaining his fight was win, lose or draw. Every time he steps inside the Octagon, he is willing to give it his all.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 23, 2021
Looking back at his career, Paul Felder had a tremendous career, with his war against Edson Barboza twice, and also his war against Dan Hooker. It seemed that after competing for many years, Felder’s hunger or will to compete was extinguished. What is crazy is that, he is also the last guy to beat current champion, Charles Oliveira.
Although he said it reignited once more when he stepped up on short notice to face Rafael Dos Anjos. The fire is gone now, and he has no more willingness to compete among the upcoming top prospects. With guys like Islam Makhachev, it might be difficult to beat them if your willingness to compete is not there anymore.
Although Felder’s last fights he performed well, if he sees no path to becoming the champion or the best in the world, who could blame him for retiring? As a matter of fact, it is fortunate that realized his career and stepped out before it was too late. A lot of athletes had a sad way of retiring where they get brutally knocked out several times before deciding to hang their gloves up.
As for Felder’s future, his career is not over. He still has a career on the desk commentating fights. A lot of fighters give good insights since they themselves have been in that situation before. Fighters like DC, Bisping, Felder, Cruz and many more do a great job commentating fights.