Paul Felder
The Irish Dragon

USA

Booked for UFC 242
LightweightUFC
July 9, 2019
Felder will be pinned against Edson Barboza in a lightweight bout at UFC 242 on Sept. 7.
ANALYSIS
Felder underwent surgery on his collapsed lung back in February but it looks like he'll be cleared to return by the time the September fight rolls around. Felder has won four of his last five bouts in the Octagon and will certainly have revenge on his mind against Barboza. This will be the second time these two lightweights have faced off, with Felder dropping the meeting via unanimous decision back in 2015. He lost the striking battle 47-to-64 in that matchup, and with neither combatant accruing any grappling points, it turned out to be a lackluster fight from a fantasy perspective. This time around, momentum lands on the side of Felder, as Barboza has lost three of his last four fights, though all defeats have been against more-than-respectable competition.
Read More News
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Paul Felder
DraftKings MMA: UFC San Antonio
7 days ago
Rafael dos Anjos continues his long road back to the title picture Saturday in San Antonio, where he enters as the betting underdog. Can he get the win? Jon Litterine breaks down the weekend's key fights.
Fight Stat Wrap: UFC Phoenix
154 days ago
Francis Ngannou took another big leap back towards the top of the division with a quick KO of a heavyweight legend in Phoenix. See the stats that defined the night in Richard Mann's latest recap.
DraftKings MMA: UFC Phoenix
160 days ago
A pair of dangerous heavyweights will collide to headline a rare Sunday card on ESPN. Jon Litterine breaks down four key fights from UFC Phoenix and makes his picks for the rest.
DraftKings MMA: UFC Denver
258 days ago
Can Donald Cerrone get back on the winning track in Denver? Jon Litterine breaks down the top fights and makes his DraftKings picks for Saturday's card.
Fight Stat Wrap: UFC 226
July 9, 2018
A new double champ was crowned Saturday night. Richard Mann breaks down Saturday's pay-per-view card by the numbers for RotoWire.
More Fantasy News
Undergoes successful surgery
LightweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Felder underwent surgery on his collapsed lung Wednesday after it was determined to not be healing on its own, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Felder reportedly suffered the injury late in his match against James Vick on Sunday night. The hope is to have him discharged from the hospital next week, though it's unclear how long the lightweight contender will be sidelined from fighting because of the issue.
Commision hands down medical suspension
LightweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Felder (chest) has been suspended indefinitely pending medical clearance by the Arizona State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This one was pretty much a given, as Felder was only recently released from the hospital as physicians attended to a collapsed lung suffered in his victory over James Vick. It's unclear what type of absence the lightweight contender will be looking at, but a doctor can clear him at any point to return to action once he's deemed medically fit.
Emerges with collapsed lung
LightweightUFC
February 18, 2019
Felder is currently hospitalized with a collapsed lung incurred in the closing minutes of Sunday's victory against James Vick, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Doctors are speculating that the lung collapsed when Felder took a hit to the ribs in the third round of the bout. The 34-year-old will remain in the hospital an extra day for observation, though it's unclear whether this issue will pose any long-term issues for Felder. At this point, he hasn't received any sort of medical suspension.
Went to battle with James Vick
LightweightUFC
February 17, 2019
Felder defeated James Vick via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
ANALYSIS
Felder took his time in this fight, but he edged Vick and took the decision. His best offense was probably his low leg kick. He was able to hurt Vick early in the first round, and he continued to land with that strike. Vick landed his fair share of strikes, but Felder seemed to get the better of the exchanges. This was Felder's first fight and first win since he lost to Mike Perry last July. He improves to 16-4 overall.
Fight against Vick moved to February
LightweightUFC
December 12, 2018
Felder's (arm) lightweight bout against James Vick has been moved to UFC on ESPN 1 on February 17, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This bout was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 233, however that card has been cancelled. The fighters will get a few extra weeks to prepare for the fight, which could help Felder with his cut, as he is coming off an arm injury. Felder comes into the fight significantly shorter than Vick, so he will have his work cut out for him.