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Selden, New York’s Brian Kelleher earns 5th UFC win, knocks out Hunter Azue at ‘UFC Fight Night 175′ in Jacksonville, Florida

Brian Kelleher (©UFC)

Brian Kelleher (©UFC)

Brian “Boom” Kelleher, 33, of Selden, New York, United States was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 175,” also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 29.” It was his fifth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC Fight Night 175” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 13, 2020. In the second bout of the evening, Keller fought Hunter Azure, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, USA in the featherweight division.

Jason Herzog served as the referee. He put a stop to the featherweight contest after 3 minutes and 40 seconds in the second round when Kelleher knocked out Azure via left hook and hammerfist.

 

Despite being -33 in significant strikes, Kelleher managed to finish Azure. This marks the largest statistical comeback in the featherweight division of the UFC.

Also, this made Kelleher the first athlete to defeat Azure in a professional MMA bout. The Phoenix native now has 8 wins and 1 loss.

Kelleher is now riding a two-bout winning streak. Winning “UFC Fight Night 175” improved the Selden native’s professional MMA record to 21 wins and 10 losses.

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The UFC held “UFC Fight Night 175” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while almost all other major MMA promotions have either cancelled or postponed their events. In the main event of the evening, Glover Teixeira, 40, of Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil knocked out Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, 31, of Omaha, Nebraska, USA in the light heavyweight division.

Teixeira and Drew Dober, 31, of Denver, Colorado, USA were the two recipients of the Performance of the Night bonuses at “UFC Fight Night 175.” Presented by Toyo Tires, the Fight of the Night was the featherweight bout between Brian “Boom” Kelleher, 33, of Selden, New York, USA and Hunter Azure, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Six countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 175” namely Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the U.S. and Venezuela. Kelleher and Azure were two of the 13 fighters who represented the U.S.

Born in Oceanside, New York on August 19, 1986, Kelleher has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2011 and he made his UFC debut in 2017. The first four opponents he defeated in the promotion were Iuri Alcantara, Damian Stasiak, Renan Barao and Ode Osbourne.

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