01 Jan Ali Al-Qaisi vs. Tony Kelley booked for UFC card on Oct. 10
Ali Al-Qaisi and Tony Kelley are expected to meet at the upcoming UFC event on Oct. 10 with the card likely taking place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Multiple sources confirmed the bantamweight matchup when speaking to MMA Fighting on Tuesday following an initial report from MMA DNA.
Both fighters will look to get a win in the UFC after coming up short in their respective debuts.
Al-Qaisi battled with Irwin Rivera for three rounds before ultimately losing a razor-close split decision in August. Prior to that setback, he was on a five fight win streak with three of those victories coming in BRAVE CF.
As for Kelley, he made a short notice debut at UFC 252 where he lost to Kai Kamaka but still went home with an extra $50,000 after earning Fight of the Night honors. Kelley is 6-2 overall in his career with his only other loss coming by split decision to UFC veteran Kevin Aguilar in 2016.
While the event hasn’t been formally announced by the UFC, a bantamweight fight between Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen is currently expected to serve as the headliner.