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Paul Felder suffered collapsed lung late in UFC Phoenix win over James Vick

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It’s not as if anyone was questioning Paul Felder’s toughness. This is, after all a man who pushed through a broken arm to go the distance in a loss to Mike Perry last year.

But Felder added to his legacy on Sunday night at UFC Phoenix, as he fought through a collapsed lung suffered late in his main-card bout against James Vick at Talking Stick Resort Arena and held on for the unanimous-decision victory. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Monday ESPN report on Felder’s injury.

Felder sustained the injury with a strike to the ribs late in the third round, and he will be held at a Phoenix hospital for a day for observation.

Felder’s manager, Brian Butler, posted the following on Instagram:

The person who seems least fazed by the injury is Felder himself, who won for the fourth time in his last five fights and is 4-0 in his last four lightweight bouts:

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