Brian Kelleher returns to action at UFC On Fox 28, with his opponent being former UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao (34-5-1).
Surging Kelleher(18-8,UFC 2-1) might be new nn the scene but quickly made a name for himself in the UFC’s Bantamweight division by earning bonuses in both of his octagon victories.Kelleher made his UFC debut at UFC 212 in Brazil on a short notice against a ranked Bantamweight in Iuri Alcantara,whom he defeated in the first round via guillotine choke
In his last fight at UFC Fight Night Gdansk,Poland,Kelleher scored a knockout win over Damien Stasiak at UFC Fight Night Gdansk.
“It was amazing, I was really happy because my fight before that was so fast that I did not get to perform at all. This fight was like even if I win, I wanna go three rounds and really display all of my skills and try to get the finish at the end. I knew Damien was tough, hard to get and put away, but I got the job done in the third round. I had a great performance and got fight of the night actually, so that was awesome,” says Kelleher in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.(via YouTube)
The rising contender now gets a shot at the former champion and Kelleher is happy with the opportunity given to him by the UFC.Barao,a former champion who has gone just 2-3-0 since losing the strap to TJ Dillashaw at UFC 173. “I’m coming off of a win, I’m 31. I love rolling with the momentum, I wanna keep getting in there. I’m staying in shape, I never fall out of shape. When they (the UFC) said Renan Barao, I was like ‘wow, this is a good sign of things to come.’ I think the UFC likes me, I think they enjoy my fighting, I’ve gotten two bonuses so far out of my first three fights.”
Keller stated that even if Barao misses weight, he’ll still take the fight.