By Danny Segura |
February 15, 2021 10: 00 pm
British MMA pioneer and old UFC fighter Paul Kelly will no longer compete in the cage.
The 36-365 days-worn from Liverpool presented his retirement from MMA in a prolonged Instagram put up made Monday. Kelly (15-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) acknowledged his passion and pressure to compete in MMA is now now not what it old to be. And with the coronavirus pandemic slowing the sport to a shuffle, Kelly can’t have sufficient cash one other prolonged layoff at this stage in his career.
“I had my time! and I’d never swap my course. MMA give me a life I’d never have dreamed of , Met of us I’d never have met. No drug can compare to the sensation of getting your hand raised after walking out for a straighter with 20okay staring at.
“Within the future now we have to let bolt, I turned into as soon as full dedicated to attempting one overtime with the gaffer @teamkaobon to grab a British title. Covid has taken one other 365 days so am calling it a day.
“My life is on a distinct course now, one which intention I will’t commit my life to combating anymore be pleased my opponent will be.
A success is winning and for me now winning is guaranteeing my family have tantalizing future and to play snatch up for the closing 6 1/2 years spent away. I’ll pass over combating.”
Kelly closing fought in March 2020, stopping Simone Bottino in the 2nd spherical at Probellum 1: Liverpool. It turned into as soon as his comeback fight, as he had been away from the fight sport for seven years attributable to a prolonged penal advanced sentence for drug trafficking.
Kelly competed in the UFC from 2008-11. He entered the Las-Vegas-primarily based mostly promotion undefeated and fought quite a bit of vital names at 155 kilos such as Donald Cerrone, Dennis Siver and Marcus Davis. Kelly furthermore took home two “Fight of the Night” awards all thru his speed with the UFC.
Kelly turned into as soon as one in all the early fighters representing the U.K. under the UFC banner. He retires on a three-fight winning bound.
Below is Kelly’s full put up announcing retirement: