Kelley's team declined comment when contacted by MMA Fighting. UFC officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that Kelly’s contract was completed and he was not re-signed.
Kelley was in the spotlight this past May for his corner work during Andrea Lee’s fight against Viviane Araujo, in which he proclaimed, “That’s what they’re gonna do. They’re dirty f******* Brazilians. They’re going to f****** cheat like that.” He doubled down on the comments later, blaming “cancel culture”.
The UFC paired Kelley up with Yanez for UFC’s Fight Night show in Austin a month later, and “PrimeTime” lost in under four minutes after missing weight the day before, coming in at 137.5 pounds on the scale. Yanez won a $50,000 check for one of the best performances of the night in Texas.
Kelley walks away from the UFC with a record of 2-2 under the company’s banner, with consecutive wins over Ali AlQaisi and Randy Costa sandwiched between a decision defeat to Kai Kamaka III and the Yanez loss.
Damon Martin contributed to this report.