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Paul Kelly vs. T.J. O'Brien

Preliminary Card | Lightweight · 155 lbs | MMA

Paul Kelly defeats T.J. O'Brien via KO/TKO at 3:16 of Round 2

Mmaweekly large Paul "Tellys" Kelly
Mmaweekly large T.J. "The Spider" O'Brien

Round 2

Paul Kelly T.J. O'Brien

"Tellys" "The Spider"

11-3-0   Pro Record At Fight   16-3-0
Climbed to 12-3   Record After Fight   Fell to 16-4
-190 (Slight Favorite)   Betting Odds   +160 (Slight Underdog)
Gb United Kingdom   Nationality   Us United States
Liverpool, England   Fighting out of   Des Moines, Iowa
26 years, 2 months, 1 day   Age at Fight   23 years, 10 months, 5 days
155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)
5'9" (176cm)   Height   6'2" (188cm)
N/A   Reach   77.0" (196cm)
Wolfslair Academy   Gym   Roundkick Gym
UFC 123
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
  • Date: Saturday 11.20.2010 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Dan Miragliotta
  • Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
  • Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 2 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Dark Bout, Shown on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Kelly Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • O'Brien Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
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Kelly vs. O'Brien Wiki Update Wiki

The second bout in UFC 123 had Paul Kelly (4-3 in UFC competition) take on promotional newcomer TJ O'Brien. O'Brien was a late replacement for Gabe Ruediger, who withdrew from his bout with Kelly due to a torn groin.

The taller O'Brien landed a solid low kick early, followed up by a head kick that was blocked by Kelly. Kelly dropped O'Brien with a glancing blow, but opted to allow the dangerous grappler O'Brien to stand back up. Referee Dan Miragliotta broke them up from a clinch against the fence and Kelly came back looking increasingly comfortable with his striking combinations. A flying knee from O'Brien missed but enabled him to pull guard, with Kelly standing back up and out moments later. The close round ended with Kelly likely having a slight edge.

Kelly missed with a spinning back kick to begin round two, answered with another O'Brien low kick. Kelly roared back with a punch that dropped O'Brien and dove in to try and ground and pound his way to victory. O'Brien was still sharp, however, and Kelly wisely stood out of the dangerous guard. A subsequent scramble saw O'Brien take Kelly's back in his most advantageous position of the night. Kelly found a way out and secured a top-side crucifix, throwing down elbows and punches to the exposed head of O'Brien. No escape could be found by O'Brien, and finally the referee had seen enough damage and called a stop to the fight, declaring Paul Kelly the winner via TKO.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:14 PM ET
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