Paul Felder may ride off into the sunset with a victory against Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event of UFC Vegas 14.
One reason that Felder accepted the fighter is that he believes that he has nothing to lose.
“I thought about it, and I decided with everything going on in the world and all the sad things going on in people’s lives and losing their jobs and suffering, and we just lost Alex freaking Trebek to pancreatic cancer, I was like, ‘Man, you know you’re still 36. You’re young. You’re in shape. Save the date. Let’s go get paid. Let’s have fun. You’re fighting a legend,'” Felder said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Nolan King of MMA Junkie). “What do I have to lose?”
Felder hasn’t competed since suffering a split decision loss to Dan Hooker at UFC Fight Night Auckland in February of this year. UFC Vegas 14 will mark the 23rd time Felder has competed as a professional MMA fighter and it could also be the last.
“I say 50-50 (this is my last fight),” Felder said. “I was thinking about that. What a way to just be like, ‘Boom. Mic drop.’ So, yeah, (the odds of retirement) probably do increase (if I win). If I lose, then I might want to have to get back in there for one more. It might eat away at me just like the (Dan) Hooker fight did. I was ready to move on and then it’s like, you still haven’t proven quite what I’m capable of.”