MMA Fighter of the Week: Paul Felder
By Dan McConnell
This weekend we had action across two of the worlds biggest mixed martial arts organisations.
Bellator held two cards this weekend with Bellator 239 in Oklahoma on Friday and Bellator Dublin on the Saturday. With the UFC having their own card in Auckland this past Saturday.
This weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week was a very tough decision, but the main-event at UFC Auckland was the highlight fight of the weekend.,
Home-town hero Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker welcomed Paul ‘The Irish Dragon’ Felder into emery territory for a lightweight showdown.
A chance to break into the top 5 of the 155-division was at stake and opportunity to capture the headlines.
Hooker and Felder are two fighters who have fan-friendly styles and gave us fans an excellent bout for the full scheduled 25 minutes of the main-event.
In a closely fought contest, both went back and forth throughout the fight. With very little to separate them on judges scorecards.
Hooker came out on top with a controversial split decision victory. But this didn’t take away from Felder’s incredible performance which included kicks, spinning fists and punch-perfect combos.
The 34-year old announced that this fight could be his last in an emotional octagon interview. Which sparked a round of applause from the New-Zealand crowd.
A storied 17-5 fight career, that seen the American take on the likes of Edson Barbosa, Ross Pearson, Charles Oliveira, Mike Perry, James Vick and recently Dan Hooker.
If this is the Roufusport fighters last ever fight, there is no doubt that he holds the respect of the entire MMA community.
Felder has recently transitioned into the colour commentator role for the UFC, and fans have certainly been given an insight into Felder on the other side of the octagon.
If it is to be, happy retirement Mr Felder. You are crowned this weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week for your incredible performance, this despite coming off the loser on the judges scorecards.