The UK’s Paul Kelly has officially been released from the UFC following his submission loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 126 earlier this month.

Kelly is believed to have been let go due to the large number of lightweights currently battling for the spotlight in the UFC following the recent merger with the WEC, and all likelihood he may be one of the first of many casualties in the division as the promotion tries to whittle down their ranks to a more manageable number.

The 26 year-old joined the UFC in January of 2008, quickly gaining a reputation as a hard-nosed, scrappy fighter with a ‘Fight Of The Night’ performance in his debut against fellow Brit Paul Taylor at UFC 80.

Kelly went on to claim five victories inside the Octagon, but struggled to make headway against bigger name opponents, losing to Marcus Davis, Denis Siver and Jacob Volkmann along the way.

Despite winning another ‘Fight Of The Night’ award in his loss to Cerrone, which was broadcast as part of the Spike TV prelims special for the event, Kelly will now have to move on to pastures new.

The good news for the Brit is that there appears to be plenty of offers on the table already, with Canada’s No.1 promotion, MFC believed to be one of a number of potential suitors.