Sherdog.com reported last week that former WEC lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will be making his UFC debut slightly sooner than he anticipated, as he will be stepping in for an injured Sam Stout against British scrapper Paul Kelly.
Cerrone has long been acknowledged as one of the most exciting lightweight fighters on the WEC’s roster and has engaged in a memorable series of bouts with Ben Henderson and Jamie Varner. He is currently on a two-fight winning streak, with victories over Jamie Varner and Chris Horodecki swinging the momentum his way after a quick submission loss to Henderson dating back to April. The Greg Jackson-trained scrapper holds a professional record of 13-3 with eleven of his wins coming by submission and two decision. His most recent appearance resulted in a second round win over Horodecki, which occurred at WEC 53 on December 16th of last year.
Training with Team Kaobon alongside UK standouts Paul Sass, Terry Etim and Paul Taylor, 26-year old Paul “Tellys” Kelly has racked up a professional record of 11-3 and a UFC record of 5-3. He has earned five wins by KO or TKO, three by submission and three by decision. His most recent appearance came at UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida this past November, where he bounced back from a decision loss to Jacob Volkmann by earning a second round TKO over TJ O’Brien.
UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort is going down this February 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.