A defeated Felder was talking about potentially retiring after the encounter, but it seems like that is in the past as Felder is now looking forward to fighting again.
“I can tell you that after all of this with what we’re going through, I cannot wait to fight again,” Felder said on Instagram Live w/Jon Anik (via Nolan King of MMA Junkie). “Dude, I’m on this bike. I had my manager, Brian Butler, send me all these photos. I texted him last night. I said, ‘Man, I’m a little depressed.’ I’m missing my job. I’m missing my guys. I’m missing my commentary. … We’re having a great time. Family time is great. But I just miss that fire.”
Felder still sits at #7 in the UFC Lightweight Division rankings and had won five of six before the loss to Hooker.
The fighter, like many around the world, has been affected by the coronavirus and the whole situation has taught Felder to not take anything for granted.
“I’m also realistic,” Felder said. “I’m not one of those people like, ‘We need to just open everything up.’ I don’t want a second wave or any of that stuff. When it does come and I see you guys again, I cannot wait to be like, ‘I will never take this for granted ever again.’ I think that’s something we’re all going to learn from this craziness, if anything.”
With the UFC building a “Fight Island” and trying to hold events at the UFC Apex, it seems like Felder’s next bout will happen at one of those locations.