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“I was within a manageable place to even do the weight cut, and that’s one of the reasons I took it, because normally five days, forget it, I wouldn’t even be close to making 155,” he said on Wednesday morning. “But now, with everything I’ve been doing, I feel in fantastic shape, my body’s fresh, my mind is fresh, so I said, f**k it, let’s save the day and get another main event before the end of the year.”

Felder did save the day, and no one on social media let him forget it. That show of respect from fans, the media, and especially his peers, was gratifying for the 36-year-old Philadelphian.

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“It feels good, especially from my peers, these people that I respect probably even more than they understand, to reach out to me and be like, ‘This is savage,’ ‘This is amazing,’ ‘You’re saving the day,’ ‘We love watching you fight.’ So, to see the people that I respect so much care about me, I didn’t expect it.”

He may not have expected it, but he earned it the hard way, both in the Octagon and in the gym. It’s been a hard-fought career thus far from Felder, yet as punishing as the fights may be, being away from his family and friends, especially his daughter Aisling, has been worse than going to battle with the likes of Hooker, Edson Barboza, Mike Perry and Charles Oliveira. So, in a way, maybe getting a short-notice assignment like this is exactly what the doctor ordered for him.


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