Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Kelly Added To UFC 116

British lightweight fighter Paul Kelly will be celebrating Christmas in July this year, as UFC executives made his fight with Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann on July 3 at UFC 116 official today.

Kelly, who has gained quite a following due to his exciting style of fighting, is coming off a submission victory over Matt Veach at UFC 112, successfully rebounding from his disappointing loss to Dennis Siver at UFC 105. Kelly holds a professional record of 10-2 with four wins coming in the UFC, along with both of his losses.

Volkmann entered the UFC late last year with a perfect record, but quickly dropped consecutive losses to Paulo Thiago at UFC 106 and Martin Kampmann at UFC 108. Volkmann followed the losses with a drop down to the lightweight division and capitalized with a split-decision victory over Ronys Torres at “Ultimate Fight Night 21.”

UFC 116 is set for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 3 and features a mammoth of a main event, as heavyweight Brock Lesnar returns to fight interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin in a title bout to determine the true champion of the division. The bout also features a middleweight match between Wanderlei Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

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