Paul ‘The Irish Dragon’ Felder, who also works as an analyst and a commentator for UFC, was covering Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, New Jersey in April. Just for fun Felder stepped on the scale, and to many people’s surprise he weighed in at 190 pounds, which means every time the Irish Dragon steps on the scale as a 155 pound lightweight, he has to go through the dreadful process of cutting around 35 pounds.
However, in his last outing, he stepped in on short notice to take on Mike Perry at welterweight. Felder did well but lost the bout via razor thin split decision courtesy of a hand injury which didn’t allow him to show some activity. After recovering, Felder plans to make one last run at lightweight, where he is on a three fight winning streak and has won five out of his last six.
“I was on a three-fight winning streak and now I took an loss, but I only took a loss at 170,” Felder told Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “So I still haven’t lost over a year at 155 so I’m hoping that, I gotta talk to coaches and my manager and things like that. But I was really leaning toward ’70 leading up to that fight and now I want to try to make one more really strong run at getting into the top 5 and I’d love to fight for that belt some day.”
“The unfortunate thing for me is, if that had gone well, I think ’70 is very much a possibility,” Felder said. “I don’t think size or strength is really why things went wrong. I think it was just a tough fight, circumstances didn’t go my way. I got hurt, but I really feel I could compete at that weight class, but I do, also, a big part of me thinks I could really still make a run at the top at 155.”