Paul Felder
The Irish Dragon
Out
Injury Chest
Est. Return 5/1/2019
Undergoes successful surgery
LightweightUFC
Out
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.
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Commision hands down medical suspension
LightweightUFC
Out
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
Out
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
Out
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
Out
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.
Set to face James Vick
LightweightUFC
Out
November 6, 2018
Felder (arm) will take on James Vick in a lightweight bout at UFC 233 on Jan. 26.
ANALYSIS
The pair were originally scheduled to fight in July before Vick was called on to face Justin Gaethje as an injury replacement. Both fighters are coming off losses, with Vick getting knocked out by Gaethje in the first round in August and Felder losing to Mike Perry by split decision in July. Felder broke his arm in that defeat and hasn't fought since. The 6-foot-3 Vick will have a five-inch height advantage over Felder.