Lightweights Sam Stout (13-4-1) and Paul Kelly (7-0) will likely collide at UFC 89: "Bisping vs. Leben" at The National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham, England, on October 19, according to TKOExtreme.com.
Stout has won just one of his last three bouts inside the Octagon; however, the defeats to Rich Clementi his last time out at UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre 2" in April and against Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 10 have both been crowd pleasers and razor thin decisions.
"Hands of Stone" prefers to keep things upright and provide onlookers with exciting action, which has clearly not gone unnoticed by UFC brass despite a losing record (2-3) within the eight-sided cage.
Kelly is an undefeated English prospect who was victorious in his Octagon debut, outpointing fellow countryman, Paul Taylor, on all three judges scorecards at UFC 80: "Rapid Fire" earlier this year. He was booked to return at UFC 85: "Bedlam" last month against Jonathan Goulet; however, he sustained a finger injury during training and was forced to bail out of the showdown.
It should be an entertaining scrap -– both fighters come to party and let it all hang out.
UFC 89 features the middleweight tilt between Michael Bisping and Chris Leben, as well as a potential welterweight war when Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez meet in the center of the cage.