Conor McGregor ‘just f****** with me’, says Paul Felder as he explains jibes about ‘Irish Dragon’ nickname

There’s precious few people in the orbit of Conor McGregor who haven’t found the sharp end of the Irishman’s tongue down the years.
Paul Felder happens to be one of those.
Felder was surprised McGregor called him out after defeating Donald Cerrone
McGregor is back in action for the first time since he demolished Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds 12 months ago and straight after the fight he took aim at several fighters, including Felder who had been commentating at ringside.
Felder, nicknamed the ‘Irish Dragon’, says McGregor looked at him from the cage after his victory and said ‘f*** you’.
The lightweight is of Irish descent and told talkSPORT he has never tried to suggest anything more than that.
Felder is very popular amongst UFC fans for his all-out style
“My last name is German, right? My dad’s side… I hate talking about this! [laughs]. I know I’m not Irish. I know I’m not German. I’m not Italian, I’m not Swedish, I’m American. I get that, okay?
“I also did not give myself the Irish Dragon nickname. As a matter of fact, I fought against it for the first few fights of my pro career because I freaking hated it.
“I thought it was so stupid. It got put together because I did karate. Lyoto Machida was one of my favourite fighters ‘The Dragon’, then this guy was like ‘your Irish, the Irish Dragon!’ And he started saying it on a YouTube video, CFC got a hold of it when I was fighting for them and they just called me that for the one fight. And it stuck.
“So I’m not trying to claim any heritage and this and that. Obviously, I’m of Irish descent. You can take one look at me! You can also see the German in me with the better jawline than the Irish [laughs].
Felder (right) also commentates in UFC and will commentate on McGregor’s next fightGetty Images – Getty
“It’s silly and he’s poked fun at me on social media and then deletes them. I think he’s just f****** with me, to be honest.
“He’s like that. He’s not an idiot, man. He’ll poke at anybody in case you climb the ranks and you’re next. He’s already one up… he’s like that,” Felder explained.
McGregor certainly knows what he’s doing when it comes to the trash talk and how to get under the skin of people.
When asked by the Mac Life if he would say something to McGregor while they’re together on the island, Felder rejected the idea.
“No, I know why [he says it]. He’s poking at me because I’m calling myself the Irish Dragon and my surname is German. If I ever had to fight him, maybe I’d come out as the German Dragon for that one, just for him. But, it’s all good.”
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