Paul Felder Defends Controversial Split Decision Win Over Edson Barboza At UFC 242

Paul Felder was on the defensive last Wednesday amid the criticisms regarding the result of his lightweight scrap with Edson Barboza at UFC 242.

Felder reignited his rivalry with Barboza last weekend in Abu Dhabi as they met in the co-main event of UFC 242 for their rematch that was four years in the making.

Both lightweights displayed unwavering resilience anew as they tussled in another epic three-round war.

When the dust settled, it was Felder who had his hand raised as he narrowly outpointed Barboza in the scorecards, securing a 29-28, 30-27, 27-30 split decision win.

In an attempt to have the result overturned by the UFC, Barboza and his camp filed an appeal to the promotion, questioning the figures given by the cage-side judges.

The loss gave Barboza his second-straight defeat this year, causing his rankings to slip down from the seventh spot while Felder improved to seventh place.

Days after the rematch, Felder finally spoke up about the issue and insisted that he has beaten his Brazilian rival fair and square.

Numbers Don’t Lie

In a lengthy Instagram post, the 35-year old American explained why he deserved the win he earned at UFC 242.

“As for my fight and what seems to have turned into a controversial decision amongst fans. It was a war. A close fight between two skilled people that wanted to finish each other.”

“I have nothing but respect for Edson. We both go out and put on fights to entertain the fans.”

“With that said, I will say this, I walked him down the entire fight, I threw at him the entire fight, I never stalled the entire fight, if he landed, I landed — the entire fight.”

“When he took me down, he took the damage — the entire fight. I never gassed or slowed my pace the entire fight.”

“I got cut due to a head butt, Edson got cut due to strikes. Both of us put our bodies through so much during that fight that whoever came out with the loss would understandably be upset but the numbers don’t lie.”

 

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I’ve been spending the last few days with my little girl. These fight camps take me away from her and I notice after every fight she has grown up a little more. I’m thankful that I can do what I love and provide for her… she is my “why”. As for my fight and what seems to have turned into a controversial decision amongst fans.. It was a war… a close fight between 2 skilled people that wanted to finish each other. I have nothing but respect for Edson. We both go out and put on fights to entertain the fans… With that said, I will say this… I walked him down the entire fight, I threw at him the entire fight, I never stalled the entire fight, if he landed, I landed… the entire fight. When he took me down, he took the damage… the entire fight. I never gassed or slowed my pace the entire fight. I got cut due to a head butt, Edson got cut due to strikes. Both of us put our bodies through so much during that fight that whoever came out with the loss would understandably be upset but the numbers don’t lie. If we need to run it back I would be happy to, but this trilogy needs to be 5 rounds because someone was about to break and that someone was not me. If the fans and Edson need a clear ending to this then it’s main event or bust. #irishdragon @mhpstrongusa @gymkingfightdivision @coachdukeroufus @suckerpunchent

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Trilogy Bout

Willing to settle the unfinished business with Barboza, Felder said he is open to a trilogy fight, but only if it is given the main event slot.

“If we need to run it back I would be happy to, but this trilogy needs to be five rounds because someone was about to break and that someone was not me.”

“If the fans and Edson need a clear ending to this then it’s main event or bust.”

Barboza has responded to Felder’s idea, telling MMA Fighting that he is interested to go to another war with ‘The Irish Dragon.’

“Just say the date and send me the contract. Of course I’d do it, man.”

“I won the first fight, no question, and gave him the rematch, and everybody knows I won again. If he thinks he won, let’s do it again.”

“Let’s make this trilogy and put on another great fight. I’m interested, he’s interested, and I’m sure fans would be interested as well.”

(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Paul Felder and Edson Barboza)

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