Each coming off of a win in their most recent fights, it looks like Paul Kelly and Sam Stout will add a 155-pound showdown with some international flair to the UFC 126 fight card scheduled for Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas.
MMAWeekly.com sources on Friday confirmed the bout has been verbally agreed to. It was first reported by FightersOnly.com.
Kelly (11-3) is a British fighter that recently defeated T.J. O’Brien at UFC 123 in Detroit. The victory gave him a new lease on life in the UFC having lost two of his previous three fights. He started his Octagon career at welterweight, but dropped down to lightweight, where he has gone 3-2, about a year and a half ago.
Stout (16-6-1) last fought at UFC 121, where he defeated Kelly’s countryman Paul Taylor. The bout put the Canadian fighter back on track after suffering a split decision defeat at UFC 113. Prior to beating Taylor, Stout had been on a three-fight streak of winning Fight of the Night bonuses.
A middleweight title showdown between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Vitor Belfort heads the Super Bowl weekend fight card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.