|Born||August 19, 1986|
Oceanside, New York, United States
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||66 in (168 cm) |
|Fighting out of||Selden, New York, United States|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Brian Kelleher (born August 19, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2011, he has also competed for Bellator and CES MMA.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Kelleher made his promotional debut against Iuri Alcântara on short notice at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017. He won the fight via submission due to a guillotine choke in the first round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Kelleher was originally scheduled to face Domingo Pilarte on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230. Pilarte was forced to withdraw from the bout, citing injury, and Kelleher is now slated to face Montel Jackson. At the weigh-ins, Kelleher weight at 137 pounds, 1 pound over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136. He was fined 20 percent of his purse, which went to his opponent Jackson. On November 3, it was reported that Kelleher withdrew from the bout due to illness and thus the fight was cancelled. The pairing was left intact and rescheduled for December 29, 2018 at UFC 232. At the weigh-ins, Jackson weighed in at 137 lbs, 1 pound over the non-title fight bantamweight limit of 136 lbs. Jackson was fined 20 percent of his purse to Kelleher and the fight proceeded at catchweight. Kelleher lost the fight via submission in the first round.
Kelleher was scheduled to face Mitch Gagnon on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 150. However, Kelleher pulled out of the fight on April 10 citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Cole Smith.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Ring of Combat
- Bantamweight Championship (One time, one defense)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||19 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||19–10||Montel Jackson||Submission (D'Arce choke)||UFC 232||December 29, 2018||1||1:40||Inglewood, California, United States||Catchweight (137 lbs) bout; Jackson missed weight.|
|Loss||19–9||John Lineker||KO (punch)||UFC 224||May 12, 2018||3||3:43||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||19–8||Renan Barão||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens||February 24, 2018||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||18–8||Damian Stasiak||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till||October 21, 2017||3||3:39||Gdańsk, Poland||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||17–8||Marlon Vera||Submission (armbar)||UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum||July 22, 2017||1||2:18||Uniondale, New York, United States|
|Win||17–7||Iuri Alcântara||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 212||June 3, 2017||1||1:48||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||16–7||Julio Arce||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ring of Combat 54||March 4, 2016||3||0:18||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Defended the Ring of Combat Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||15–7||Josh Robinson||KO (spinning back fist)||Ring of Combat 53||November 20, 2015||3||0:24||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14–7||Julio Arce||Decision (majority)||Ring of Combat 52||September 25, 2015||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the Ring of Combat Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||13–7||Jay Haas||Submission (guillotine choke)||CCFC 49||June 6, 2015||1||4:49||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||12–7||Andre Soukhamthath||Decision (unanimous)||CES MMA 28||March 13, 2015||3||5:00||Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States||Return to Bantamweight.|
|Win||11–7||Mark Cherico||Submission (guillotine choke)||Pinnacle FC 9||November 26, 2014||1||0:37||Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, United States||Catchweight (138 lbs) bout.|
|Loss||10–7||Andy Main||Submission (triangle choke)||CCFC 34||April 19, 2014||1||1:26||Morristown, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–6||Lester Caslow||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CCFC 31||February 8, 2014||2||1:34||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||9–6||Jeff Smith||Submission (armbar)||CCFC 29||November 1, 2013||2||4:39||King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States||Catchweight (155 lbs) bout.|
|Loss||9–5||Scott Heckman||Decision (unanimous)||CCFC 27||September 21, 2013||3||5:00||King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||9–4||Jimmie Rivera||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 95||April 4, 2013||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||9–3||Tyler Kahihikolo||Decision (unanimous)||Coalition of Combat||December 1, 2012||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||8–3||Bill Jones||KO (punch)||WCMMA 1: Portugal vs. USA||September 15, 2012||1||0:10||Ledyard, Connecticut, United States||Won the vacant WCMMA Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||7–3||Ryan Vaccaro||TKO (flying knee)||Rock Out Knock Out||June 2, 2012||2||0:56||Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6–3||Raphael Chavez||TKO (punches)||CCFC 14||April 14, 2012||2||3:41||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–3||Josh Parker||Submission (rear-naked choke)||NEF: Fight Night 1||February 11, 2012||1||4:31||Lewiston, Maine, United States|
|Loss||4–3||Artur Rofi||Submission (armbar)||CCFC 12||December 10, 2011||1||4:57||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Return to Featherweight.|
|Loss||4–2||Claudio Ledesma||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 54||October 15, 2011||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||4–1||Michael LaDuke||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Ring of Combat 37||September 9, 2011||3||3:14||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–1||Manny Millan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Xtreme Fight Events: Cage Wars 9||July 29, 2011||1||3:34||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–1||Siyam Yousefi||Submission (guillotine choke)||CCFC 8||May 20, 2011||1||2:41||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||1–1||Nate Ainsworth||KO (punch)||CZ 37||April 29, 2011||1||0:23||Salem, New Hampshire, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Loss||0–1||Dan Cion||Submission (guillotine choke)||Xtreme Fight Events: Cage Wars 5||March 11, 2011||1||4:42||Chester, Pennsylvania, United States|
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