Paul Felder suffered collapsed lung late in UFC Phoenix win over James Vick

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It’s not as if anyone was questioning Paul Felder’s toughness. This is, after all a man who pushed through a broken arm to go the distance in a loss to Mike Perry last year.

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But Felder added to his legacy on Sunday night at UFC Phoenix, as he fought through a collapsed lung suffered late in his main-card bout against James Vick at Talking Stick Resort Arena and held on for the unanimous-decision victory. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Monday ESPN report on Felder’s injury.

Felder sustained the injury with a strike to the ribs late in the third round, and he will be held at a Phoenix hospital for a day for observation.

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Felder’s manager, Brian Butler, posted the following on Instagram:

The person who seems least fazed by the injury is Felder himself, who won for the fourth time in his last five fights and is 4-0 in his last four lightweight bouts:


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