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Facing Mitch Gagnon in Ottawa
BantamweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Kelleher (19-10-0) is scheduled to face Mitch Gagnon (12-4-0) in a bantamweight fight May 4 at UFC Ottawa, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Kelleher likely won't have the crowd behind him with Gagnon, an Ontario native, fighting in front of his home country, but he'll have just about every other advantage in the matchup. In addition to being two years younger than Gagnon, the 32-year-old Kelleher has the edge in experience, both in terms of career fights and recent competition. Gagnon hasn't fought since December 2016 while recovering from a torn ACL and taking time away to focus on his business aspirations, while Kelleher is fresh off a loss to Montel Jackson via submission at UFC 232 on Dec. 29.
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Loses via first round submission
BantamweightUFC
December 29, 2018
Kelleher was defeated by Montel Jackson via submission (D'Arce Choke) at 1:40 of Round 1 at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
ANALYSIS
Kelleher never really got anything going in this fight. Jackson was the longer fighter and able to dictate the range by using his jab. Kelleher had a hard time getting inside and eventually took a sloppy shot for a takedown. Jackson defended, got Kelleher in the clinch and almost immediately dropped him with an elbow. The UFC veteran was visibly rocked and Jackson easily sunk in the D'Arce.
Fight vs. Montel Jackson back on
BantamweightUFC
November 29, 2018
Kelleher is booked to fight Montel Jackson in a bantamweight bout at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFIghting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kelleher was scheduled to fight Jackson back in early November at UFC 230, but the 32-year-old came down with an illness the morning of and the fight was scratched from the card. Now, a healthy Kelleher will have the opportunity to fight Jackson at the end of December and potentially bounce back from the knockout loss he suffered at the hands of John Lineker at UFC 224.
Fight with Montel Jackson canned
BantamweightUFC
November 3, 2018
Kelleher's (illness) bantamweight fight against Montel Jackson at UFC 230 on Saturday has been cancelled, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Kelleher missed weight by two pounds Friday, but he's apparently dealing with an unrelated illness which resulted in the fight's cancellation. At this point, it's unclear if the fight will be rebooked for a later time.
Will fight despite missing weight
BantamweightUFC
November 2, 2018
Kelleher weighed in at 137 pounds, two pounds overweight, for Saturday's bantamweight bout against Montel Jackson at UFC 230, but the fight is still expected to take placeAlexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kelleher will not weigh in again and will elect to forfeit 20 percent of his purse for Saturday night's fight, which is still scheduled to go on as scheduled.
Facing Montel Jackson at UFC 230
BantamweightUFC
October 17, 2018
Kelleher will take on Montel Jackson at UFC 230 on Nov. 3, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Kelleher has a 3-2 record at the UFC level, losing his most recent match due to a third-round knockout by John Lineker in May at UFC 224. His opponent, Jackson, is taller than him by three inches and has a nine-inch longer reach. Jackson has a 6-1 professional record, losing his only UFC fight by unanimous decision against Ricky Simon at UFC 227 in August.