by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Sources close to the fight have confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Jonathan Goulet – less than two weeks removed from his Fight of the Night performance against Kuniyoshi Hironaka at UFC 83 – has accepted a bout against Paul Kelly at UFC 85.
The fight is part of the undercard of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to the O2 Arena in London, headlined by a last-minute bout between former welterweight champion Matt Hughes and rising contender Thiago Alves.
Following his TKO victory over Hironaka, Goulet told MMAWeekly, “I have some opponents that I want to fight, but right now I just want to move up in the UFC.” Currently on a three-fight winning streak, he will get his next opportunity to continue climbing the UFC’s crowded welterweight ladder against Kelly.
Undefeated at 7-0 as a professional, Kelly is also coming off of a Fight of the Night performance in the Octagon. He scored a unanimous decision victory over fell Britain Paul Taylor at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England in February.
UFC 85 Bouts (officially announced):
-Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves
-Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben
-Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick
-Rashad Evans vs. James Irvin
-Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera
-Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera
-Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman
-Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
-Luis Arthur Cane vs. Jason Lambert
-Neil Wain vs. Antoni Hardonk
UFC 85 Bouts (unannounced):
-Ryo Chonan vs. Roan Carneiro
-Jonathan Goulet vs. Paul Kelly
-Jess Liaudin vs. Paul Taylor