The UFC Parts Ways With Tony Kelley

The UFC Parts Ways With Tony Kelley

By Abdullah Ouazri
Friday, July 8th 2022, 1:15AM, 5 months ago

The UFC has parted ways with Bantamweight Tony Kelley after a 4-fight run that saw him go 2-2.

Kelley's last fight had bad blood involved as he faced Adrian Yanez earlier this year at UFC Austin. His controversial background had many fans rooting against him. He failed to make weight for the bout, coming in at 137.5 lbs, 1.5 lbs over the Bantamweight limit. Yanez would end the fight in round 1, finishing Kelley by TKO.

Adrian Yanez finishes Tony Kelley in round 1. Credits to: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports.
Adrian Yanez finishes Tony Kelley in round 1. Credits to: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports.

Kelley joined the UFC roster in 2020, and after an unsuccessful debut would win two before losing again and parting ways with the promotion.

The bad blood between himself and his last opponent, Adrian Yanez, stemmed from statements he made about Brazilians on air. "They're dirty f******* Brazilians, of course they're gonna cheat!" Kelley shouted while cornering his teammate, Andrea Lee, who was fighting a Brazilian, Viviane Araujo, that night. This statement received a massive reaction from fans and fighters, with Gilbert Burns going as far as to offer Adrian Yanez extra money to finish Kelley by knockout.

Yanez would do just that and Tony and the UFC have since gone their separate ways.

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