Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou slated for UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia

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November’s UFC return to Australia has a new middleweight bout.

Officials recently announced a UFC Fight Night 121 matchup with Daniel Kelly (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Elias Theodorou (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18 due to time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Both Kelly and Theodorou were previously ranked but currently reside outside of the top 15 of the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings.

Kelly, a 39-year-old Australian fan favorite, was riding high with a four-fight winning streak that included a split-decision victory over former champ Rashad Evans. However, in his most recent bout, the four-time Olympic judoka suffered a quick 76-second loss to Derek Brunson in June’s UFC Fight Night 110 co-headliner.

He looks to rebound against a fellow fan fave in Theodorou, a 29-year-old Canadian who won “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia” in 2014. It was part of a promising 5-1 start to his UFC career. However, in his most recent bout, Theodorou suffered a unanimous-decision defeat to vet Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale in July.

The latest UFC Fight Night 121 card includes:

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

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie