Brian Kelleher improved to 3-1 on the year this past Saturday with a guillotine victory over Ray Rodriguez. Kelleher secured the submission just 39 seconds into the fight and improved to 3-1 in 2020. All three wins have come via stoppage and have resulted in a bonus each time. Kelleher received a Performance of the Night bonus for his submission of Ode Osbourne at UFC 249 and a Fight of the Night bonus for his second round KO of Hunter Azure back in May. The submission win over Rodriguez was also good for a $50K Performance of the Night bonus for the veteran New Yorker.
Ray Rodriguez was actually the third opponent Kelleher was set to face at UFC Vegas 9. Rodriguez took the fight on less than 10 hours notice after Kevin Natividad was forced to back out. Natividad was a fill-in himself, having stepped in for Ricky Simon after the latter was forced to withdraw.
But needless to say, 2020 has been a fantastic year for Brian Kelleher. He has really made a name for himself in the post-COVID era, which is great considering the ongoing UFC ratings spike. With such a quick victory this go around, it won’t be out of the question to see Kelleher in the Octagon for a fifth time this year.