Former welterweight and current Wolfslair product Paul Kelly (8-1) is finally making the drop to 155-pounds to lock horns with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 contestant Roli Delgado (6-3-1) at UFC 99 from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on June 13, according to a MySpace bulletin from Delgado.
"Tellys" told the UFC following his thrilling three-round victory over Troy Mandaloniz at UFC 95 "Sanchez vs. Stevenson" that his next fight would be in the lightweight division for the simple fact that it would only require a ten pound cut — mere child’s play by today’s standards.
Here's a snip:
"I’m definitely dropping to 155-pounds now, it makes sense. I was eating a big breakfast on the morning of the weigh-in (for UFC 95). While everyone else is dying to make weight, I’m sitting there with a big bowl of muesli and a glass of orange juice.
Kelly has made a home fighting on the UFC cards overseas — each of his other three fights for the promotion have also taken place across the pond.
He may need every ounce of that experience to overcome "McBlack-Belt."
Delgado made a very underwhelming impression during his time on TUF 8. After losing in the show's opening elimination round, he was granted a second chance to join the squad after Brian McLaughlin got scratched due to injury.
"The Crazy Cuban" came up on the wrong end of a split-decision loss to resident bad-boy Junie Browning later in the show, but managed to capitalize on one last opportunity at the TUF 8 Finale by submitting John Polakowski via guillotine choke.
If he can string together back-to-back wins, especially over a competitor like Kelly, he may secure himself a future on the UFC lightweight roster.
UFC 99 is expected to be headlined by former middleweight champion Rich "Ace" Franklin taking on ex-PRIDE smashing machine Wanderlei Silva in his middleweight debut. Heath Herring and Cain Velasquez as well as Mike Swick and Ben Saunders are also expected to hook ‘em up.
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