Ask and you shall receive. Following a huge response by UK MMA fans, UCMMA have listened and booked the grudge fight between Paul Kelly and Richard Griffin this December.
The Fight Lounge reported earlier this week that both Kelly and Griffin were having a disagreement over a video of Richard Griffin and Ross Pointon on the UCMMA Facebook page. “Tellies” had stated that he thought Griffin was lucky in his fight with Pointon and that “The Real Deal” would win that match-up 9 times out of ten. Obviously, Griffin felt disrespected and fired back with some insults of his own, which including jabs at Kelly being dropped by the UFC.
Both men then called for a fight in the cage to settle the matter. Fans inundated the UCMMA office with requests for the fight to be on and promoter Dave O’Donnell decided to approach both men to get it sorted.
“I love the fans of Great Britain and if people ask me to get Paul Kelly on a UCMMA event, I will do my hardest to make that happen.” O’Donnell stated, “Kelly will bring the masses to the show and I hope he brings it all to the cage too. I have already got my ticket and I cannot wait.”
A member of Team Kaobon in Liverpool, Paul Kelly is one of the most exciting fighters in the UK. A UFC veteran, Kelly ‘s first fight for the promotion was against future teammate Paul Taylor and was named in the top 100 UFC fights of all time.
Richard Griffin is a tough, scrappy fighter who was a heavy underdog in his Dominican Rebublic bout with Ross Pointon. Griffin shocked by controlling Pointon before submitting him with a guillotine choke after two minutes of action.
UCMMA 31 is set for December 1st at the Troxy in London. The card looks stacked already and also features the return of Neil Grove, as he takes on the winner of Darren Towler and Dayman lake for the UCMMA heavyweight title.
By Mike Clarke (@fightlounge)