UFC fighter Paul Felder has announced his retirement.

UFC fighter Paul Felder

UFC fighter Paul Felder, who is currently ranked No. 9 in the UFC’s lightweight division, announced his retirement from MMA competition during Saturday’s UFC Vegas 27 broadcast. “The Irish Dragon” has a 16-7 record in his professional career, which started in December 2011.

UFC fighter Paul Felder

“I fought some of the baddest dudes in the division and I want to thank all of them,” Felder said. “My apologies for holding up the division for all the guys behind me… I’m officially stepping down, it’s not right to hold up the division.“I wish I had some gloves to chuck up into the octagon but I pretty much did that in New Zealand and I pretty much meant it back then and it’s been a struggle to get motivated to get back into the gym ever since.”

After an entertaining split decision defeat to Dan Hooker in the main event of UFC Auckland, Felder seemed to be hinting at retirement in February 2020. The 37-year-old returned for one more fight, saving the day on short notice to face Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of the UFC Vegas 14 event in November, but was defeated by a unanimous decision.

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