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Report: Paul Kelly to fight Troy Mandaloniz at UFC 95

Season six alumnus of The Ultimate Fighter Troy “Rude Boy” Mandaloniz is reportedly slated to face Paul Kelly at UFC 95 on Feb. 21 at the O2 Arena in London, England.

MMAjunkie.com was the first to report the news on Wednesday.

Kelly is 7-1 and trains with Michael Bisping and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at the Wolfslair Academy in England. UFC 95 will serve as the third time Kelly has fought in the Octagon with his record in his previous two fights standing at 1-1.

Kelly made his UFC debut at UFC 80 last January, where he defeated Paul Taylor via unanimous decision in a fight that earned the promotion’s “Fight Night” bonus for “Fight of the Night.” The Englishman returned at UFC 89 this past October and submitted to a guillotine choke by Marcus Davis at 2:16 of round 2.

Mandaloniz, a native of Hilo, Hawaii has trained in the past with B.J. Penn and now currently trains with TUF 3 middleweight winner Kendall Grove.

The bout vs. Kelly at UFC 95 will mark the first time Mandaloniz has fought since December 8, 2007. Facing Richie Hightower during the live finale for TUF 6, the 29-year old improved to 3-1 following a first round TKO.

Other reported matchups for UFC 95 include Joe Stevenson vs. Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago, Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen, Nathan Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia, Dan Hardy vs. Rory Markham, Junior dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve, Shannon Gugerty vs. Jeff Lawson, and Justin Buchholz vs. Terry Etim.

2 COMMENTS
  • Rich S. says:

    Whoa! I was wondering where Rude was..

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  • john says:

    know this isnt the right place to put this but im sure everyone wants to read this….. Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight contender Quinton “Rampage” Jackson pleaded guilty today to one felony and one misdemeanor count related to his July car chase from Costa Mesa to Newport Beach.

    We’ll have more details coming on latimes. com/sports, but Jackson’s plea deal will allow him to avoid jail time on the felony charge and pursue a likely July title fight against current light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

    Jackson is required to perform 200 hours of community service, pay restitution related to all six original counts he faced and continue visiting with mental health physicians, with bimonthly reports required to be filed to the Orange County district attorney.

    Jackson faced a maximum three years in prison because of the incident, which his attorney, in a statement, said was “a brief episode of delirium which was reactive to situational and metabolic difficulties.

    The felony count still leaves Jackson subject to 180 days in jail, but a prosecutor said that if Jackson fulfilled his requirements before a Jan. 7, 2010, sentencing, the count would be dropped and jail time avoided.

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