Paul 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 Aaron 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 website.
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 against Derek Jones.
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, Paul Taylor and T.J. O'Brien.
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.