Not even winning "Fight of the Night" is enough to save UFC lightweights from the massive cuts still coming down after the merger with the WEC. Gareth Davies (via FiveOuncesofPain) brings word that British striker Paul Kelly (11-4) has been released from the promotion after his second round submission loss to Donald Cerrone (14-3) at UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" on Feb. 5. The "sucker punch" reportedly had nothing to do with the decision to let "Tellys" go.
Here comes the "Money." Fresh on the heels of a unanimous decision win over Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1) at the "Silva vs. Belfort" event on Feb. 5, featherweight Chad Mendes (10-0) has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC, according to MMAWeekly.com.