UFC 126 marked 26-year old Brit Paul Kelly’s ninth appearance in the Octagon after debuting in exciting fashion three years ago en route to a hard-fought decision victory over Paul Taylor at UFC 80. It appears they may not be a tenth, at least where Kelly’s immediate future is concerned.
Five Ounces of Pain has learned the lightweight’s camp is currently seeking fights outside of the UFC due to what appears to be an imminent release from the promotion. “Tellys” was submitted in the second round of his preliminary pairing with Donald Cerrone after beginning the bout with a bit of controversy surrounding an opening bell strike rather than glove-tap.
The loss to Cerrone was Kelly’s third loss in his last five fights including a decision to Jacob Volkmann and TKO defeat to Dennis Siver. If he does receive an official release from the organization, as expected, he will exit the UFC with a 5-4 record. Kelly is 11-4 overall with his most recent victories coming against Matt Veach and T.J. O’Brien. Eight of his wins have come by way of a finishing performance.
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