Paul Felder Reacts Strongly To Aleksandar Raki?’s Commentary Snub

UFC light heavyweight contender Aleksandar Raki? took a subtle dig at former UFC fighter turned commentator Paul Felder on Twitter.

Raki? is set to face former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz later this year in his return to the Octagon. …

Aleksandar Rakic, Paul Felder

UFC light heavyweight contender Aleksandar Raki? took a subtle dig at former UFC fighter turned commentator Paul Felder on Twitter.

Raki? is set to face former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz later this year in his return to the Octagon. He most recently defeated Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith in a pair of massive light heavyweight wins.

Raki? has never been afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to the UFC commentary team and their supposed bias. He most recently took a shot at Daniel Cormier after Dominick Cruz criticized his fight commentary leading up to UFC 269.

Felder, who has become a notable voice on UFC broadcasts since retiring last year, took exception when Raki? appeared to leave him out of a complimentary tweet towards fight commentators.

Paul Felder Responds To Aleksandar Rakic’s Apparent Jab

“Just say what you gotta say,” Felder said. “Is this a third-grade crush? Tell me you don’t like my commentary and I’ll tell you some of your fights suck.”

In a series of since-deleted tweets, Raki? said he tends to mute the UFC broadcasts when commentators such as Felder are at the desk. Felder took exception to this and even responded to Rakic in the middle of a fight card.

Raki? has emerged as one of the more outspoken light heavyweight contenders, as evidenced by his recent back-and-forths with Ji?í Procházka. Raki? could get the next 205-pound title shot with another impressive win in the Octagon.

Felder also has a history of not letting trolls and critics go unchallenged. He’s notorious for putting harsh critics of his commentary on blast and often engages in Twitter back-and-forths.

What are your thoughts on the UFC commentary team?

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Felder: Fourth McGregor Fight Would Be “Too Much” For Poirier Right Now

Former UFC lightweight contender Paul Felder believes a fourth fight with megastar Conor McGregor would be “too much” for Dustin Poirier right now.

Poirier is currently coming off his second devastating title defeat in the UFC. Following his first,…

Paul Felder, Dustin Poirier & Conor McGregor

Former UFC lightweight contender Paul Felder believes a fourth fight with megastar Conor McGregor would be “too much” for Dustin Poirier right now.

Poirier is currently coming off his second devastating title defeat in the UFC. Following his first, a third-round submission loss to the great Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019, “The Diamond” fought his way back to the belt in impressive fashion.

After rebounding with a main event victory over a Dan Hooker in 2020, a bout awarded the Fight of the Night honours and widely considered a Fight of the Year contender, Poirier re-visited his rivalry with a certain “Notorious” Irishman in 2021.

Having leveled the score in the feud by becoming the first man to knock McGregor out at UFC 257, Poirier was seemingly in line for a shot at the vacant belt. Instead, he chose another money fight with the former two-division champion, one that ended with trilogy glory for the Louisianan.

But while most expected him to close out a spectacular year with title success, the formidable underdog presence of champion Charles Oliveira stood in his way. In the final pay-per-view main event of the year, “Do Bronx” submitted Poirier in the third round, a heartbreaking case of déjà vu for the perennial contender.

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Felder Says Poirier Needs “Fun” & “Light-Hearted” Fights

Following his latest setback, Poirier was unsurprisingly de-motivated and deflated. He even suggested he may never fight at lightweight again and claimed no potential fight excited him anymore. However, the thought of a clash with veteran fan-favorite Nate Diaz soon brought a glimpse of motivation back for the 32-year-old.

But while both parties appeared to accept the fight for early 2022, a stall in negotiations has seemingly left Poirier back in an uncertain crossroads in his career. That’s much to the confusion of Felder, who believes the Diaz fight was a no-brainer.

During a recent interview with The Schmo, “The Irish Dragon,” who knows a thing or two about losing the hunger to fight, suggested a matchup with an individual like Diaz is exactly what Poirier needs. According to Felder, “The Diamond,” should avoid high-pressure fights with title implications, including a potential tetralogy with McGregor.

“It should be done (Poirier vs. Diaz). That should have written itself right then and there after Dustin lost that fight to Charles Oliveira. He needs a fun fight… He just needs to go out there against somebody and not be worried about titles, not have the pressure. Even a Conor McGregor fight I think is too much for him right now. Just go out there against another top dog, somebody who’s been around for a while, and try to get a W, and if not, go get paid, make people see it. I think he needs a light-hearted fight, not that any of them are easy, but he needs one with no title implications on the line.”

While all parties appeared to agree a fourth Poirier vs. McGregor clash is inevitable soon after UFC 264, the Irishman certainly isn’t short of other options and looks to have his sights set on Oliveira’s lightweight gold. Apart from that, potential bouts with Michael Chandler and Max Holloway also offer intriguing possibilities for McGregor’s comeback.

For Poirier, the options aren’t as clear heading into the new year. He’s previously teased a switch to welterweight, and with his potential departure from the 155-pound division, perhaps we’ll be seeing a grudge match between “The Diamond” and his former teammate Colby Covington in the near future, although that would certainly veer away from the type of fights Felder believes Poirier should be pursuing.

Do you agree with Paul Felder? Would a fourth fight against Conor McGregor be too much for Dustin Poirier at the moment?

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Felder: I Wouldn’t Fight A YouTuber No Matter How Much They Paid Me

Former UFC lightweight contender Paul Felder has shut down the idea of him ever facing a YouTuber inside the squared circle.

Felder closed the book on his in-Octagon career earlier this year after nearly a decade as an active fighter. In that time,…

Jake Paul, Paul Felder

Former UFC lightweight contender Paul Felder has shut down the idea of him ever facing a YouTuber inside the squared circle.

Felder closed the book on his in-Octagon career earlier this year after nearly a decade as an active fighter. In that time, “The Irish Dragon” experienced championship glory under the CFFC banner, defeated the likes of Stevie Ray, current UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira, James Vick, and Edson Barboza, and picked up six post-fight bonuses on MMA’s biggest stage.

After a late run for the title came to a halt with defeat in a five-round war against Dan Hooker last February, Felder competed once more on short notice against former champ Rafael dos Anjos. Despite the one week-preparation, the 37-year-old went the full five rounds with the Brazilian, ultimately falling short on the judges’ scorecards. He officially announced his retirement during the UFC Vegas 27 broadcast in May.

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Felder Wouldn’t Follow In The Footsteps Of Woodley & Askren

Despite only hanging up his gloves six months ago, talk of a Felder return has been present ever since. Rumors of a comeback picked up when the Philadelphian admitted he misses competing “tremendously” while casting an episode of Dana White’s Contender Series.

During a recent appearance on MMA Junkie Radio, Felder revealed there are two scenarios that could see him re-enter the cage. As well as a money fight against Conor McGregor, the color commentator said a Wells Fargo card featuring the Philadelphian athletes in the promotion could draw him back. But one offer that certainly wouldn’t convince him to return to action is a clash against a YouTuber.

In an ongoing trend, celebrities and internet stars have been challenging combat sport athletes inside the boxing ring. As well as Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather, we’ve also seen former UFC welterweights Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley challenge Jake Paul inside the squared circle.

Despite the immense purses available, Felder insisted he would never be tempted to indulge in the trend. “The Irish Dragon” claimed that no amount of money could convince him to fight a YouTuber.

“Hell no. At least in MMA, there’s the Diaz brothers, especially Nate nowadays, and Conor, and money fights that I’m like, ‘Alright, these are guys that I’ve watched and that I respect as MMA fighters.’ I’m not going and fighting a YouTuber, no matter how much he’s gonna pay me. Because it’s just, you’re just promoting the wrong thing, right.”

Felder did, however, admit that his mindset largely derives from his gig as a UFC color commentator and analyst. The 37-year-old noted that he might be in a different position had he not pursued a role as a broadcaster.

“Am I interested in it? Do I see all the crap? Yeah, of course. I cheer all those guys on. Tyron (Woodley) wants to go make money doing that, fuck yeah bro, go do your thing. But it’s just not where I’m at. Not as broadcaster and somebody’s who’s got a job doing that on a more full-time (basis).

“Tyron’s done it for sure, too, but a little less than I am, where I’m doing color on a regular basis. I might be in a different position if I didn’t have the job I have. But I love the job I have, I’m trying to keep the job I have. So no, no YouTube fights.”

Do you think Paul Felder would perform better against YouTube sensation Jake Paul than Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley did?

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Paul Felder Outlines Two Scenarios That Could End His Retirement

Paul FelderEarlier in 2021, whilst working on the commentary panel for UFC Vegas 27, perennial lightweight contender Paul Felder announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts competition. Many felt that such a move had been on the cards for a while, especially following a split decision loss to Dan Hooker in 2020. After putting a lot […]

Paul Felder

Earlier in 2021, whilst working on the commentary panel for UFC Vegas 27, perennial lightweight contender Paul Felder announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts competition. Many felt that such a move had been on the cards for a while, especially following a split decision loss to Dan Hooker in 2020. After putting a lot of consideration into everything, Felder said that “that spark that I need to fight…it just wasn’t there anymore.” However, it now appears that that spark may have been rekindled, at least preliminarily.

Last month, Felder was talking with his colleague and co-commentator Brendan Fitzgerald, where he admitted to missing the sport and was contemplating a possible return. When speaking with MMA Junkie this week, Felder outlined those two scenarios that could draw him out of retirement and put the gloves on once again.

So, what are these two possible scenarios for Paul Felder?

“There’s two scenarios,” said Felder. “Obviously the ‘money fight’. For some reason if Conor (McGregor) just hates my guts again and wants to fight me, OK sure. I’ll throw on the old MMA gloves to get back in there to change my life and teach him a lesson, but other than that, no. The other one was – Sean Brady actually texted me the other day and he’s like, ‘Would you come back out of retirement for a fight at the Wells Fargo with all of us?’

“Now we’ve got eight Philly guys or at least close to it (in the UFC). (Andre) Petroski, the Daukaus brothers, Jeremiah Wells, (Pat) Sabatini, Brady, Bill Algeo is from the Pennsylvania area, right outside of Philly. That would be tough to turn down, but I don’t know when they’re coming back to the Wells Fargo and who would I fight – I don’t know.”

Whilst the McGregor fight would appear unlikely, the UFC returning to Philadelphia is more a question of “when” not “if.” The promotion has not been to Philadelphia since 2019. On that occasion, a Fight Night event was headlined by Justin Gaethje vs. Edson Barboza, but with the emergence of Sean Brady as a bona fide welterweight contender, that is likely to change. Following his win over Michael Chiesa earlier this month, Brady called for the UFC to return to Philly in 2022, which means Felder’s comeback scenario could actually be closer than many people think.

Obviously, as a result of his now-retired status, Felder is no longer in the USADA testing pool, and normally would be required to re-enter it, in accordance with Article 5.7.3 of the UFC Anti-Doping policy. However, because Felder has clean tests running throughout 2021 and only retired in May of this year, it is possible that the UFC would grant Felder a 6-month exemption to the written notice rule for a one-off return to the Octagon. However, Felder has made it clear that even if he does not return to the Octagon, he is entirely satisfied with his life and career. 

“It’s one of the reasons I was able to retire early,” Felder said. “I have five more fights at least physically in me, I just – it’s not there in the fire, it’s not in the belly anymore, so it was time. It’s been a great four years, and I feel like I’m just getting started with that and getting back to the acting eventually a little more as well hopefully.”

Paul Felder: Claims Of “Biased” Commentary Upsets Us

Paul Felder is getting fed up with people calling UFC commentators biased.

Felder went from being an exciting lightweight in the UFC’s ranks to one of the better commentators that the sport has to offer. He had begun his broadcast work before retir…

Paul Felder

Paul Felder is getting fed up with people calling UFC commentators biased.

Felder went from being an exciting lightweight in the UFC’s ranks to one of the better commentators that the sport has to offer. He had begun his broadcast work before retiring from the sport. During the latter stages of his career, he made it clear that while he loved the allure of competing in the Octagon, not getting beat up and cut while being cageside was a suitable replacement.

That said, he is now getting to the point where he is a bit fed up with the seemingly constant negative feedback from fans and fighters, on the commentary the UFC provides. Speaking in a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Felder expressed his pleasure with the decision to focus on the commentary work while voicing frustrations with complaints about the commentary being biased. He also stated that this was something that he and the other commentators discuss on a regular basis.

It’s been fantastic, man. I’ve met so many amazing people that have become really, really close friends of mine, too, who are not fighters. Guys that are kind of the unsung heroes of the UFC. These fighters are amazing, I was one of them myself, but it’s such a small piece of the puzzle. Production is massive… All my producers, all the guys that I work with, all the directors, the cameramen, the guys that put up the cage; I know all of these people, men and women, on such a different level. And I love it. I go out to dinner with these guys. I feel like I’m part of the organization in a whole new way now,” Felder said.

“That’s why it drives me nuts when I hear a fighter or somebody that complains about us. It really… I take it to heart. And that’s why I kinda snapped at Vettori and we had our back-and-forth. It’s because I want these guys, me and DC, and Dominick, we were one of you guys. So if they don’t like what we say or if they think we’re biased, it really does upset us, I can tell you on a personal note that we all talk about that. These are things that we think about. We wanna do justice and diligence to these men and women that are fighting in that cage.”

Paul Felder certainly makes good points about the hard work that the likes of him, Daniel Cormier, Dominick Cruz, and others put into their work on the desk. While there is certainly room for criticism, it is clear that these men try to do their best at every event and have a deep passion for the sport.

Do you believe the UFC commentating team have an issue with objectivity?

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Paul Felder Would Consider Returning For Conor McGregor Fight, UFC Philadelphia Event

Paul FelderFormer UFC lightweight contender, Paul Felder has outlined two potential scenarios which would see him snap his retirement from professional mixed martial arts — including a potential promotional return to his native Philadelphia — or a future showdown with former two-weight gold holder, Conor McGregor. Felder, 17-6 as a professional, confirmed his retirement back in […]

Paul Felder

Former UFC lightweight contender, Paul Felder has outlined two potential scenarios which would see him snap his retirement from professional mixed martial arts — including a potential promotional return to his native Philadelphia — or a future showdown with former two-weight gold holder, Conor McGregor.

Felder, 17-6 as a professional, confirmed his retirement back in May during the broadcast of UFC Vegas 27 — citing his intention to concentrate on his career as an analyst and color commentator for the organization. 

However, recently, speculation began to mount regarding a potential retirement snapping return for the 23 fight professional veteran, with the Roufusport mainstay fueling that fire back in October by claiming he missed competing and fighting “tremendously.

For the first time, in a very long time since retirement, I feel like since the triathlon season has slowed and there’s not a lot of races, that I’ve really had a chance to reflect on — that it’s over, that I’m not fighting anymore, and I’ve missed it tremendously,” Paul Felder told commentators Fitzgerald and Laura Sanko. 

I’ve started hitting pads and I’ve started doing stuff — now, that’s not to say that I’m making some comeback, but I’m definitely, gonna come home and train with Sean Brady and the guys a little bit. And I wanna see how I feel after a week of Sean Brady, Jeremiah Wells, Pat Sabatini, Andre Petroski, these guys that are all Philly guys in the UFC now, kick my ass and we’ll go from there.

Felder last competed back in November of last year — replacing the withdrawing #4 ranked lightweight contender, Islam Makhachev in a UFC Vegas 14 main event bout with former champion, Rafael dos Anjos. Felder suffered a split decision loss to the Brazilian, and gained massive plaudits for his decision to replace Makhachev during fight week — as he was slated to serve in the commentary booth.

Paul Felder outlines two potential scenarios which would help entice him to make UFC return

Although a return has yet to come to fruition at the time of publication, Felder outlined two scenarios to MMA Junkie which would likely see him return — the first of which would be a showdown with McGregor.

There’s two scenarios,” Paul Felder said. “Obviously, the ‘money fight’. For some reason, if Conor [McGregor] just hates my guts again and wants to fight me, ok, sure. I’ll throw on the old MMA gloves to get back in there to change my life and teach him a lesson, but other than that, no.

The second scenario which would entice Felder to consider a return would be a return to his native Philadelphia for the UFC for an event.

“The other one was — Sean Brady actually texted me the other day and he’s like, ‘Would you come back out of retirement for a fight at the Wells Fargo with all of us?’” Paul Felder said. “Now we’ve got eight Philly guys or at least close to it [in the UFC]. [Andre] Petroski, the Daukaus brothers, Jeremiah Wells, [Pat] Sabatini, Bill Algeo is from the Pennsylvania area, right outside of Philly. That would be tough to turn down, but I don’t know when they’re coming back to the Wells Fargo and who would I fight — I don’t know.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)