After a late call up from the preliminary portion of the show, Kelleher wrapped up a nasty guillotine choke to finish Contender Series veteran Ode Osbourne at 2:49 into the opening round in their bantamweight fight on Saturday night.
Coming off two losses in a row, Kelleher knew this might be do-or-die and he looked his absolute best getting the job done over Osbourne.
“That’s one of my things that guillotine, I look for it,” Kelleher said about the submission finish. “My back was against the wall in this fight. I lost two fights in a row and this is all I know.”
As the fight got started it was Osbourne who tried to pull off the flashy finish after he crawled out from the corner and then exploded with a jumping punch while attempting to catch Kelleher off guard.
Kelleher countered with a well-timed takedown and once he got the fight on the floor, he had no intention of letting Osbourne back up again.
When he first saw the opening for the guillotine choke, Kelleher locked onto the neck and pressed Osbourne against the cage to put pressure on his neck. Osbourne survived momentarily until Kelleher went to his back, secured the submission and with his arms tied up, Osbourne was forced to tap the canvas with his foot to signify the fight was finished.
It was a much needed win for Kelleher, who moves to 4-3 in the UFC while handing Osbourne a loss in his Octagon debut.