LAS VEGAS – Brian Kelleher beat Ray Rodriguez with a first-round submission Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 34 in Las Vegas.
Take a look inside the fight with Kelleher, who bounced back after a June loss to Cody Stamann.
Kelleher on the fight’s key moment
“There were a lot of nerves built up for this fight, with the unknown circumstances and everything. (I’m) just happy that Ray stepped up and I got the chance to fight and get a good victory. I feel amazing right now.”
Kelleher on the late opponent change
“They only remember you for your last fight. I’m back to my winning ways again. It feels good after that last fight with Cody (Stamann). I did well, but came up short. Now I’ve got three out of four this year. It’s about getting finishes and leaving it out there. I think fans appreciate that. I have a lot of knockouts and submissions. I’m willing to fight anybody. I had Ricky Simon, then Kevin (Natividad), and on a day’s notice I get a new guy I knew nothing about. It’s about being that guy who’s willing to step up and fight.”
Kelleher on what he wants next
“I’m trying to make my way up the rankings. If Pedro Munhoz wants to do a guillotine battle, I think that would be fun.”
To hear more from Kelleher, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.