UFC veteran Paul Kelly gets 13 years in the clink for running heroin drug empire

Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

You know the old saying about doing the crime and doing the time. If you wanna do one, you gotta do the other.

Welp, let's just say that being well-versed in mixed martial arts (MMA) comes in handy when you have an extended stay at the Iron Bar Motel (just ask former UFC middleweight "Lightning" Lee Murray). Then again, I grew up around Rahway state penitentiary in New Jersey, so I'm not sure how rough and tumble the hoosegows are in Liverpool.

Do the police even carry guns across the pond?

No matter. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight veteran Paul Kelly was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his lead role in a heroin empire that included charges of "Class A" drug trafficking. The shit hit the fan back in early 2012, as first reported by our own James Goyder.

Liverpool Echo has the smack down from Judge Mark Brown:

"You are an individual who has traveled widely in the course of MMA and as such would have contacts abroad. It is significant that the seizures involved large amounts of import quality heroin. In my judgement, you decided to supply Class A drugs when your contract with UFC was terminated. You obviously enjoyed the high life and saw selling heroin as an easy way to make money."

Easy come, easy go.

Kelly (14-5) competed as recently as last March, stopping Henrique Santana at Ultimate Warrior Challenge (UWC) in Essex. He was last seen inside the Octagon tapping out to 155-pound contender Donald Cerrone at the UFC 126 pay-per-view (PPV) event in 2011.

Now, he'll be tapping something else for the next decade or so.

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