LAS VEGAS – Brian Kelleher is having a thought to flip his profession around at UFC 246.
It’s been greater than a year since he final fought, as he battled an harm that forced him to take a seat down out. He returns this Saturday against Dana White’s Contender Series extinct Ode Osbourne.
As soon as a promising 135-pound contender, Kelleher (19-10 MMA, 3-3 UFC) finds himself doubtlessly on the cutting block, having lost his final two fights. And whereas he’s mindful of the implications, the bantamweight is centered on performing to his pudgy capacity, the place he has finished almost 80 p.c of his fights.
“It’s no doubt in the wait on of my mind, it’s extra or much less one thing onerous to brush aside,” Kelleher stated. “I know, two losses, been out for a whereas, had to flip down fights on account of harm. So this fight is to fetch wait on in the lawful graces of the UFC and lawful fetch wait on to my winning programs.”
For the period of his spoil day, Kelleher dabbled in the MMA analyst position, one thing he sees himself doing extra of down the avenue.
But for the foreseeable future, his main job is as a fighter, and being away has reignited his ardour.
“I deem that’s why the spoil day was lawful on narrative of mentally, I was getting drained about lawful the coaching,” Kelleher stated. “I noticed myself now not enjoying it as powerful, and that harm no doubt helped me on narrative of now not being able to practice for a transient time and then getting wait on, I feel admire the flame was re-lit.”
Osbourne is the a long way much less experienced fighter on this bout, but he poses threats, having barely long previous the gap himself.
But Kelleher will leer to dictate how the fight plays out.
“He’s a lawful fighter,” Kelleher stated. “He’s now not easy, he gets reckless in there, he takes risks I noticed. I most efficient genuinely saw just a few of his Contender Series’ fight but I don’t genuinely focal level on that that powerful either. I’m centered on myself, and what I desire to produce in there, put in force that, and impose my will, produce what I desire in there.”
“I peep myself getting a kill, that’s lawful how I fight. I don’t know which design or the design it’s going to plod, early, dead but I’m getting a kill with out a doubt on narrative of I don’t plod in there to outpoint guys. I’m making an attempt to secure your head off or I’m making an attempt to choke you out.”
UFC 246 takes position Saturday at T-Cell Enviornment. The key card airs on pay-per-deem following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Mosey/ESPN+.
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