UFC fighter Brian Kelleher’s future in the sport appears to be in doubt after he had to withdraw from his fight with Journey Newsome at UFC Fight Night 223 on Saturday night.
The 36-year-old has revealed that his removal from the fight was due to an undisclosed injury that UFC officials decided he couldn’t compete with, even though he was willing to.
It’s clear something quite significant though as he’s now dropping hints that he may have to bow out of the sport, though he’s not completely shut the door on his career just yet.
“Sometimes life takes over and changes your s*** right up on the fly,” Kelleher wrote on social media. “Unfortunately my fight is off due to an injury that the UFC just isn’t comfortable with. I was ready and willing to compete but they’re looking out for the best for both parties. This is truly all I know and I guess I’m willing to risk it all to live the life I desire but perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise as much as it hurts. With that said fighting for now will be on stand still upon further review. It’s been amazing to chase my dream down in this life and get to the pinnacle of fighting and compete in the best organization in the world. I still have hope that things will change and I can continue to do what I was born to do but only the future knows. Thank you to everybody who has shown me love along the way. I love you. BOOM.
“Ps. I plan on staying involved in the sport in many ways so if anybody has some ideas or opportunities please reach out.
“Thank you UFC for everything.”
Kelleher has been fighting in the UFC since 2017 and compiled an 8-7 record during that time, with his most notable wins coming against the likes of former bantamweight champion Renan Barao and Iuri Alcantara.