UFC fights booked for Aussies Richy Walsh & Daniel Kelly

Daniel Kelly

It has been announced that Daniel Kelly will make his second appearance in the Octagon in February against Patrick Walsh, while Sydney based Richard “Filthy Rich” Walsh will look to rebound from a controversial loss when he meets American Alan Jouban on the UFC 184 card.

Daniel Kelly’s clash against Patrick Walsh is expected to take place on the under-card of UFC Fight Night 60: Matt Brown vs Tarec Saffiedine which takes place at the 1stBank Centre in Broomfield, Colorado on February 14. 

With a jam-packed pay-per-view event planned for UFC 184 on February 28, Richard Walsh’s bout against Jouban is expected to be on the under-card with the event featuring champions Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey defending their UFC titles. It will take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California.

News of the match-ups were reported by News Corp and MMA Kanvas earlier today.

An underdog in his UFC debut, 37 year-old Daniel Kelly (8-0), who represented Australia in Judo at four Olympic Games will be looking at extending his professional undefeated run in MMA to nine fights. Kelly out-grappled Luke Zachrich last month to score a first-round submission win in what was his UFC debut. Kelly represented Australia in the Australia versus Canada season of The Ultimate Fighter, but went down to eventual runner-up Sheldon Westcott in his opening bout.

His opponent Patrick “The Beast of the East” Walsh (5-2) is also a TUF reality show veteran, having appeared on season 19 where he made the semi-finals. Walsh won his bout on the season finale against fellow contestant Daniel Spohn. A pro since 2012, Walsh brings a 5-1 record into the fight.

Based out of the VT1 gym in Sydney, Richard Walsh (8-2) will come into the fight having suffered his first professional loss in his last eight outings when he ended up on the wrong end of a split-points decision to Kiichi Kunimoto back in September. Notably all media members at MMADecisions.com had Walsh winning the bout. Walsh made his UFC debut earlier in the year when he defeated fellow Australian Chris Indich by unanimous decision.

Walsh’s opponent Alan Jouban (10-3) will bring a respected ground game with him having obtained his BJJ brown belt under the guidance of Eddie Bravo at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. The 32 year-old though has won seven out of 10 bouts by KO or TKO. Jouban has a 1-1 record in the UFC, having defeated Seth Baczynski in his debut before losing out to Warlley Alves by decision just last month.

UFC Fight Night 60: Brown vs Saffiedine

  • Matt Brown vs Tarec Saffiedine
  • Cole Miller vs Max Holloway
  • Zach Makovsky vs Tim Elliott
  • Ray Borger vs Chris Kelades
  • Brandon Thatch vs Stephen Thompson
  • Nik Lentz vs Thiago Tavares
  • Daniel Kelly vs Patrck Walsh

UFC 184 Reported Fight Card:

  • Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort
  • Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano
  • Antonio Silva vs Frank Mir
  • Ronaldo Souza vs Yoel Romero
  • Josh Koscheck vs Jake Ellenberger
  • Norifumi Yamamoto vs Roman Salazar
  • Richard Walsh vs Alan Jouban