Kelly (left) has an away game Oct. 22 against Ryan Healy in Oregon.
| Photo: Dave Mandel
Former UFC talent Paul Kelly
will headline SportFight30 on Oct. 22, locking horns with WEC
veteran Ryan Healy,
the promotion announced Wednesday.
Emanating from Mt. Hood Community College in the Portland suburb of
Gresham, Ore., the event will feature another UFC vet in Mario
Miranda. “Super Mario” will take on former IFL competitor
Stark in the co-main event.
Additionally, Sherdog.com has confirmed with a source close to the
situation that SportFight 30 will mark the first event produced and
distributed by Takedown Entertainment. The publicly-traded MMA
media company will stream the event live on a to-be-announced
Other bouts announced include a lightweight clash between Tommy
Leisman and Jacob
Harkness, a light heavyweight contest between Chris
Folsom and Kip Ramos, a
bantamweight bout featuring Jesse Filan
and Shaun Nance
and a middleweight scrap pitting Tyler Moug
Kelly has not competed since his release from the UFC following a
hard-fought loss to Donald
Cerrone in February. During his time with the promotion, the
Brit had his ups and downs in the Octagon, alternating wins and
losses in each of his last five fights.
The hard-punching 27-year-old holds half of his 12 career victories
by knockout and owns notable wins over Matt Veach,
Taylor and T.J.
Healy has won six of his last eight fights. Twin brother of current
Strikeforce lightweight talent Pat Healy, the
28-year-old Team Quest export most recently rebounded from
back-to-back defeats by knocking out James
Birdsley on April 2.
Known as “The Diamond,” Healy is a nine-year pro who has competed
for both the WEC and Strikeforce, finishing 15 of his 18 conquered
foes by either knockout or submission.