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Paul Kelly: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas?


Props: Liverpool Echo


"I always feel like I'm on borrowed time, and on thin ice, when it comes to my UFC contract, so it's important to stay as fit and healthy as possible. I need to be the best version of Paul Kelly each and every time I step inside the Octagon. The fear of getting cut is one of the main pressures we have in this game, and it's something I'm always wary of. I love competing for the UFC, and would hate to ever one day face the cut. That drives me on each and every time I step inside the Octagon. I've got a little girl and a family to provide for, so there's always so much on the line each time I fight. It's the same for all fighters, and that's what makes the sport so fascinating."

UFC lightweight Paul Kelly gives fans a rare look at the thought process of a fighter battling for job security as he heads into his undercard fight against Jacob Volkmann at UFC on Versus 2 this Sunday in San Diego. "Tellys" is 4-2 as a Zuffa employee and hopes to find himself on the televised portion of the next pay-per-view or Spike TV special by canceling "Christmas" on Aug. 1. Anyone think the Brit can make some noise in the lightweight division? Or will his fear of getting cut eventually come to fruition as he faces stiffer competition?

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