Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder, 35, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States was one of the winners at “UFC 242.” It was his ninth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC 242” took place at The Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 7, 2019. In the 12th bout of the evening, Felder faced Edson “Junior” Barboza, 33, of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the lightweight division.
Herb Dean served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the lightweight contest was left in the hands of the judges, who scored it 27-30, 29-28 and 30-27.
In the end, Dean raised the hand of Felder, who was declared the winner via split decision. It was a rematch and redemptive win for the fighter from Philadelphia.
Felder trains out of Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Competing professionally since 2011, he joined the UFC in 2014.
On July 25, 2015, Felder and Barboza competed at “UFC on Fox 16” at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Brazilian contender won via unanimous decision.
Winning at “UFC 242” improved the professional MMA record of Felder to 17 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Barboza now has 20 wins and 8 losses.
Before facing Felder in a rematch, Barboza defeated eight opponents in the UFC. They were Jason Saggo, 33, of Prince Edward Island, Canada; Danny “Last Call” Castillo, 40, of California, USA; Daron “Detroit Superstar” Cruickshank, 34, of Michigan, USA; Josh “The People’s Warrior” Burkman, 38, of Utah, USA; Alex Ricci, 37, of Ontario, Canada; Stevie “Braveheart” Ray, 29, of Glasgow, Scotland; Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira, 29, of Texas, USA; and James “The Texecutioner” Vick, 32, of Texas.
Born on April 25, 1984 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Felder has been competing professionally since 2011. Before joining the UFC, he competed in Cage Fury Fighting Championships, Xtreme Fight Events and Pinnacle Fighting Championships.
Here is Felder in his “UFC 242” post-fight interview in the octagon: