Even after compiling a 5-4 record inside the Octagon, British striker Paul Kelly was released following his loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 126, according to Gareth Davies. The two were awarded the Fight of the Night bonus for their exciting bout broadcast on Spike TV.
Kelly had an up and down career inside the UFC, never winning more than two in a row and going 3-3 in his final six bouts. Still, Kelly was always exciting and preferred to stand and trade with any opponent. He was even getting the better of Cerrone until the fight hit the mat.
Kelly caused controversy at the beginning of the bout when he faked touching gloves and threw an overhand right instead. The act caught the ire of both Cerrone and MMA fans. Davies said that the incident had no barring on the strikers release.
However, the UFC/WEC merger simply put too many lightweights into the promotion, making every fight critical for their survival. Until the UFC manages to trim down it's bulging amount of 155 pounders, fans can expect a ton of cuts in the division.