Former UFC lightweight Paul Felder has made the move to triathlons with a feature in the docu-series “Fighting Spirit”.
Paul Felder may have retired from the sport of mixed martial arts but his competitive spirit has gone nowhere. After a successful stint in the UFC, Felder announced his plans to hang up the gloves following two consecutive losses to Dan Hooker and Rafael dos Anjos.
Paul Felder moves to triathlons
While on commentary for UFC Vegas 27, ‘The Irish Dragon’ declared his retirement in March 2021. The 38-year-old Philly has really fit in the role of a color commentator and analyst for the promotion now.
Besides his work for the UFC, Felder has started working towards a new venture. With high aspirations in mind, Felder has now focused his time and effort on training to compete in triathlons.
In a recent video uploaded by the Professional Triathletes Organization, Paul Felder’s new challenge in life is documented in the series “Fighting Spirit”.
Felder’s MMA training will help
As a competitor in the UFC, Paul Felder has been a well-conditioned high-level athlete for many years. Starting his professional career in 2011, Felder competed for almost a decade until 2020. During his time in the octagon, Felder built a reputation for his striking prowess and endurance.
Felder had spoken about incorporating running and biking into his cardio regiment to prepare for fighting. His athletic abilities will transition nicely as he ups the ante on his training program for the triathlons.
He’s made his intentions of being a winner in his age group in a race clear. Felder believes that his days of kicking have prepared his lower body to handle the load of biking and running but sees the need to improve his swimming to catch up to the competition in the event.
In the video, Felder reiterated his move away from MMA but stated that he will continue to be a part of the UFC commentary team while fulfilling his new dream.