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‘That would be tough to turn down’: Paul Felder names two scenarios to bring him out of retirement

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Paul Felder is content with his decision to retire, but admits there are two things that could potentially change his mind.

Felder (17-6 MMA, 9-6 UFC), who officially hung up his gloves in May, isn’t having second thoughts about competing again, he said. However, he would consider a pair of specific scenarios.

The longtime lightweight contender and current UFC color commentator no longer thinks about title runs or climbing up the ranks. He is open to coming back for a large payday, though, or perhaps a fight on home soil.

“There’s like two scenarios,” Felder told MMA Junkie Radio. “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.”

With his current involvement in the broadcast booth, Felder said he’s happy with the opportunities he has outside of fighting and his ability to chase after his other passions, such as training and participating in triathlons.

“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.”


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