Brian Kelleher
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Est. Return 12/4/2020
Possible foot injury at UFC 250
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June 10, 2020
Kelleher has been suspended a possible six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of a possible right foot injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kelleher has been on a run of frequent fights lately, but he may be forced to spend some time on the sidelines unless he gets a possible foot fracture cleared. He still managed 57 significant strikes and a takedown in his UFC 250 bout despite dealing with a possible injury.
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Can't replicate past success
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June 6, 2020
Kelleher lost to Cody Stamann via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Kelleher wasn't able to replicate the success of his knockout victory over Hunter Azure less than a month ago. Going up against a much better opponent in Stamann, Kelleher got off second in virtually all the striking exchanges between the two men. He was giving up plenty to Stamann in both the power and speed departments, and it was noticeable throughout the course of the bout. Kelleher's record with the UFC is barely over .500 (5-4) but he has a ton of value because of how often he fights. This was his ninth UFC bout despite being in the company for just three years.
Matchup with Stamann on tap
FeatherweightUFC
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May 26, 2020
Kelleher (21-10-0) is set to face Cody Stamann (18-2-1) in a featherweight fight June 6 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Kelleher will look to keep the momentum going in Las Vegas after following up a two-fight losing streak with back-to-back wins to kick off 2020. His most recent victory came in Jacksonville back on May 13, when he knocked out Hunter Azure in the second round. Though the move up to the featherweight division proved fruitful during his last trip to the Octagon, Kelleher will have to contend with a quick turnaround coupled with a tough matchup against a well-rested Stamman, who last fought in December.
Big win in UFC featherweight debut
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May 13, 2020
Kelleher defeated Hunter Azure via KO (punches) at 3:40 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
A long-time bantamweight, Kelleher made the trek up to 145 pounds for the first time in years and responded with one of the biggest victories of his career. It took the Long Island native the better part of a round to find his range in the new division. His cardio looked strong and he began landing with regularity on the early part of Round 2. The finish came when Kelleher flattened Azure with a perfectly-placed left hand. He followed that up with a few more shots before referee Jason Herzog could jump in to call off the bout. It was the second straight win for Kelleher on the heels of a brief two-fight losing streak. He entered Wednesday as a surprising +180 underdog. He'll also take home an extra $50,000 after this fight was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Will fight Azure on May 13
FeatherweightUFC
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May 1, 2020
Kelleher has been added to the May 13 card in a bout versus Hunter Azure, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Keller defeated Ode Osbourne via submission in his last fight at UFC 246 in January. It was his first victory in nearly two years. The 33-year-old will now move up a division for a featherweight fight. His opponent, Azure, sports an 8-0 MMA record.
Submits Ode Osbourne at UFC 246
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January 18, 2020
Kelleher defeated Ode Osbourne via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:45 of Round 1 at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Bumped up to the main card following the cancellation of the Claudia Gadelha v. Alexa Grasso fight, Kelleher took full advantage of his opportunity. After eating a couple of heavy punches from Osbourne just moments after the opening bell rang, Kelleher powered in for a takedown and controlled the proceedings on the mat before clamping on the guillotine that ended the fight. It was a much needed win for a man who hadn't fought in well over a year and hadn't earned a victory in nearly two years. The 33-year-old Kelleher may have very well been handed his walking papers if he lost this one but he is now right back in the thick of things at 135 pounds.