Daniel Kelly to face Elias Theodorou at UFC Sydney

Elias Theodorou and Daniel Kelly will lock horns in a middleweight clash at UFC Fight Night 121 on November 19, the promotion has confirmed.

Both bring a identical 13-2 record and are familiar with each other having been on opposite sides of the house in The Ultimate Fighter: Nations season which pitted Australia vs Canada.

The two did not face each other on the show with Daniel Kelly losing in first round, while Elias Theodorou going on to win the show with wins against Zein Saliba, Tyler Manawaroa and fellow countryman Sheldon Westcott in the finale.

After recording four wins in a row including a split-decision victory over Rashad Evans, Kelly broke into the UFC rankings however it came to a grinding halt as he suffered a knock-out to Derek Brunson on the UFC Auckland card in June. Kelly is decorated Judoka, having represented Australia at four separate Olympic Games

Much like Kelly, “The Spartan” Theodorou also comes into the contest off the back of a loss, having been on the wrong end of a judges decision to Brad Tavares back in July. Prior to that the 29-year-old had secured wins against Sam Alvey and Cezar Ferreira.

Fight Card (announced thus far):

  • Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Belal Muhammed vs. Jesse Taylor
  • Bec Rawlings vs. Joanne Calderwood
  • Tai Tuivasa vs. Rashad Coulter
  • Ashkan Mokhtarian vs. Ryan Benoit
  • Alex Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou

Alex Chambers meets Nadia Kassem at UFC Sydney in November

Alex Volkanovski to meet Jeremy Kennedy at UFC Sydney

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