Paul Kelly Withdraws From UFC 85

Paul Kelly throws a right hand at Paul Taylor. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just one week after scheduled opponent Jonathan Goulet pulled out of his UFC 85: Bedlam bout against Paul Kelly due to conflicting reasons, Kelly himself has withdrawn from the event after injuring his right hand during training.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which reports that Kelly originally injured a finger on his right hand three weeks ago before eventually discovering that he had pulled ligaments, which will now require a cast.

The cast will stay on Kelly for 3-4 weeks and physical therapy will then follow, knocking the part-time training partner of Michael Bisping out of action at least for the near future.

Goulet’s reasoning behind pulling out of the fight has varied in reports. The Victoriaville native first said that he was stepping away due to undisclosed health reasons, but reports have since said that Goulet may have backed out of the fight at the request of his training partners because a lack of adequate preparation time at the Tristar Gym, of which he recently aligned himself with.

Kelly remains undefeated so far in his professional mixed martial arts career. The exciting welterweight made his debut with the UFC in January, winning a unanimous decision over fellow Englishman Paul Taylor in what turned out to be UFC 80: Rapid Fire’s fight of the night.


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