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Paul Kelly anticipating release after UFC 126 loss

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.


  • Guthookd says:

    That sucker punch wasn’t nearly as bad as Daley’s, but it was chicken-shit none-the-less. As a fighter you have to give Paul Kelly respect, but as a sportsman I think we can all agree that he leaves a lot to be desired.

    I was very glad to see Donald choke his ass out, even though the Don isn’t my favorite guy in the world either.

    Good bye Paul. Have fun at Tachi Palace.

  • YetiLee says:

    I don’t see how you can call it a sucker punch to be honest. The fight had started and it was legal, sure it was poor sportsmanship in a sense. But these guys are there to fight and touching gloves is an option and in no means mandatory.

  • Guthookd says:

    Ooops. I gave you a thumbs up.

  • MCM says:

    I wouldn’t call Kelly a poor sportsman. It looked like he touched gloves then just got a little excited and took a shot. If I remember correctly, it looked like Kelly apologized at the end of the round and there was some mutual back slapping.

    Either way, I’ve always found him to be an entertaining fighter and wish him the best of luck in another org.

  • Rece Rock says:

    How about fighters just drop the whole touching gloves thing… they touch gloves when the Ref is instructing them in the begining of the fight why do it again 25 secs later?? I understand respect and all that good stuff but wouldn’t you rather them just come out ready to roll with only one thing on there mind?

  • hindsightufuk says:

    couldnt agree more rece, fuck the glove touch, quit all the fucking hugging and arse slapping and the kissing, leave that for the ball sport guys who care more about the amount of semen in their hair and touching each others cocks than the sport itself.

    just fucking fight

  • Guthookd says:

    OK fuck it. You guys win. If a dude wants a glove tap he should get socked in the face for it……English syle….HSUF.


  • adamsfamily says:

    Yes – we english are reknowned for our bad sportsmanship – But ‘all’s fair in love and war’ as we say. I’m sure all the refs all say ‘ready to fight?’

    Remeber when BJ messed up Caol Uno right off the bat? Dont recall if there was a glove touch then or not.


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