UFC Fight Night: One-eyed Paul Felder says he may retire after tight loss to Dan Hooker which Khabib

One of the most respected fighters in UFC may have had his last fight in MMA.

Paul Felder lost an extremely close decision to Dan Hooker during UFC’s Fight Night in New Zealand and things got emotional after the fight.

Paul Felder was distraught after his loss

Paul Felder was distraught after his loss

Being interviewed by Dan Hardy inside the octagon after the decision was announced, the Irish Dragon said this could be it for him now.

He said: “I knew it was a close fight. I feel like I hurt him a lot in the fight but he got the takedowns which was smart.

“He got me pretty good, but that might be it for me. I’ve got a four-year-old at home that misses me every time I go away like this. I don’t know.

“But, congratulations to Dan. I knew this is exactly what I was in for when I came to New Zealand. I pissed this guy off [laughs] and when you piss off a talented guy like Dan, he’s going to bring it to you.

“Man, that was fun, brother. Five rounds of going at it.

“I’m not sure, I’ll go back and talk to my family but it was an honour to share the octagon for 25 minutes with this son of a b*tch.”

Felder was even called out by Conor McGregor after the Irishman’s comeback win over Donald Cerrone, but it appears as though the 17-5 lightweight would prefer to focus on his family and his new role on the commentary table.

It was a tight fight against Hiiker, but Felder only landed 14 more significant strikes than his opponent, who did score takedowns.

The fight won Fight of the Night bonuses and the pair certainly deserved it. Both men ended up in hospital together but the money will give them some solace!

Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believed that Felder had won the fight and fans on Twitter suggested that he was robbed.

 

A full 25 minutes of full force battling saw Felder’s right eye essentially swollen shut to make quite the scene at the end of the night.

Here’s to hoping we haven’t seen the last of the Irish Dragon.