A real warrior.
Flashback to July 2018, Paul Felder earned the respect of the MMA world when he continued his fight against Mike Perry at UFC 226 despite sustaining a gruesome injury. “The Irish Dragon” broke his arm during the contest but still managed to stretch the fight down the wire, though coming up short on scorecards.
Six months after putting on a Herculean effort, Felder was at it again, brushing off an injury to finish a fight, and this time, he came out with the win.
— SPORTS USA (@sportsusa_net) February 18, 2019
UFC’s first offering under the ESPN banner provided fireworks on Sunday night as the fight card delivered thrilling MMA actions, with the Vicente Luque vs Bryan Barberena brutal slugfest and James Vick vs Paul Felder all-out war bringing in the big lights.
The 33-year old Felder coasted to a unanimous decision win against the now-14th-ranked lightweight fighter after a back-and-forth three-round affair in the co-main event. But unknown to many, “The Irish Dragon” sustained an injury late in the third frame after absorbing a strike to the rib.
“Paul Felder suffered a collapsed lung in the closing minutes of his fight against James Vick last night, his manager Brian Butler told ESPN. Doctors believe the lung was punctured when he took a shot to the ribs at the end of the third round,” Ariel Helwani reported on Monday.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) February 18, 2019
Felder showed once again that he is a man of steel after shrugging off the injury, en route to winning the fight via unanimous decision. It was not the first time he fought through an injury as he also battled Mike Perry at UFC 226 with a broken arm.
His manager, Brian Butler, provided an update on Felder’s injury, saying it has no long term issues, but he stayed in the hospital overnight. The 33-year old was also pulled out of the upcoming UFC Prague telecast, where he will serve as one of the colour analysts.
Felder returned to the lightweight division following a split decision loss to Perry at 170-pound. Prior to this defeat, he was riding a three-fight winning streak at 155-lb, which includes knockout wins against Stevie Ray and Charles Oliveira.
The American lightweight has collected 16 wins and four losses overall in his professional MMA career. What’s next for Felder after UFC Phoenix?
Unfazed by his recent injury, “The Irish Dragon” just wants to give himself a treat.
I got two lungs… I just want a beer for shitsake
— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) February 18, 2019
UFC Phoenix Full Results:
Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez — Ngannou def. Velasquez by TKO (punches) at 0:26 of Round One
Paul Felder vs. James Vick — Felder def. Vick by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey — Calvillo def. Casey by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie — Gracie def. Caceres by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:06 of Round One
Bryan Barberena vs. Vicente Luque — Luque def. Barberena by TKO (knees and punches) at 4:54 of Round Three
Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury — Fili def. Jury by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling — Sterling def. Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez vs. Benito Lopez — Bermudez def. Lopez by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:09 of Round One
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee — Lee def. Evans-Smith by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz — Lentz def. Holtzman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders — Sanders def. Barao by KO (punches) at 1:01 of Round Two
Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire — Whitmire def. Albu by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:01 of Round One
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Brian Butler and Fight Four Yours)