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Former UFC fighter Paul Kelly found guilty of heroin trafficking charges

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Nine-fight UFC veteran Paul Kelly has been convicted of drug trafficking charges in his home country of England and faces a lengthy amount of jail time.

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The future of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Paul Kelly took a grim turn on Friday (May 17, 2013), as news surfaced that the nine-fight veteran of the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization had been found guilty of heroin trafficking charges in his home country of England.

According to a report from Liverpool Echo, the 28-year-old is facing a long prison sentence stemming from a series of events that started with an "acquaintance" who caught by police carrying 1.5kg of drugs that linked back to Kelly.

An investigation was launched and after multiple police raids, Kelly and his friend Christopher St John McGirr were arrested and brought up on numerous different charges.

The Brit was found guilty via a unanimous verdict in what judge Mark Brown considered the "right decision" with the "clearest evidence" as he believed Kelly was "the boss" of the drug organization in question.

Kelly (14-5) went 5-4 in the UFC from Jan. 2008 to Feb. 2011 with his most notable contest being a ‘Fight of the Night' with Donald Cerrone at UFC 126.

The report did not indicate what kind of prison time Kelly is facing, but the conviction likely marks the end of his days as an active MMA competitor.