The moment UFC executive Dana White announced the organization would be adding WEC’s divisions and talent to their monthly line-up, it stands to reason there were not only a number of excited fighters who were already signed to the promotion but also a wide array of featherweights/bantamweights across the MMA landscape anxiously awaitng a phone call from Zuffa representatives.
It now appears one of the first 145-pounders from outside of WEC to join the UFC’s freshly-updated roster could be rising star Chas Skelly.
The organization’s interest in Skelly, who is close to signing with the organization and could see action as soon as January, was confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain from a contact involved in the process.
If inked, it is believed Skelly, a Dallas-based competitor and former State wrestling champion, will likely debut at the “UFC Fight for the Troops” event scheduled for 1/22 at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
The 24-year old has finished six of the seven opponents he’s faced with a lone split-decision victory coming at Bellator 9 in May 2009 less than three weeks after he’d fought at a different event. He last competed under the Bellator banner as well, winning a second-round match-up against Daniel Pineada via Kneebar at Bellator 19.
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