Paul Felder’s father passed away just a week before he began his camp for UFC Fight Night 113.
Despite being pitted against one of Scottish MMA’s fan-favorites, Stevie Ray, “The Irish Dragon” scored a first round knockout when he landed a crisp elbow from the Scot’s guard.
Speaking after his big win, Felder claimed that his father’s passing had still not “set in” due to the busy schedule he had in the lead-up to the Glasgow event.
“I guess this is one that really hasn’t set in, just like him passing away,” said Felder at the post-fight press conference.
“I had the athlete retreat, I had my fight camp, so I went to Vegas and I came home. I was with my family for about four or five days and then I was at Roufusport right away for seven weeks, living in the gym and training.
“I don’t think I’ve had a chance for anything to really set in.”
After banking two wins in a row with his elbows, Felder insisted that he is ready to show the world what he really capable of in the UFC ranks.
“I feel really calm and collected. I feel like I’m finally showing what I’m capable of doing my whole UFC career,” Felder said.
“I had to (make) some changes. I had to find some new coaches, find my home and find my balance as to what makes me tick as a fighter. I think I’m finally showing that with two first round knockouts.
“Coming into somebody’s backyard and putting the crowd silent, it was one of the strangest feelings I’ve ever felt.”
Next week, Felder is set to commentate on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series, but after that he will travel home to spend some time with his family.
“I can’t wait to go home now,” Felder said. “On Tuesday I’ve got to film [Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series] and then I can go and spend some time with my family, and my Mom.
“I think I’ll just take a week to miss my Dad.”