Tony Kelley is fast becoming one of the least favorite UFC signees. Kelley previously made headlines when he had some not so nice things to say about Brazil while cornering girlfriend Andrea Lee.
To make matters worse, Lee was infamously married to another man with questionable taste who was famously made to cover up swastika tattoo while cornering her.
Kelley then went on to commit a cardinal sin in MMA – and miss weight ahead of his fight with Mexican American Yanez – and then thought it would be a great opportunity to flip off the crowd.
Sadly for Kelley, his rebellion didn’t last long. He was professionally dismantled by Yanez in an impressive performance.
It was an emotional performance for Yanez who had just become a father – and lost his own father and coach in lead up to the fight.
Gilbert Burns even offered Yanez money to finish Kelley, though he replied that he’d do it for free.
Yanez, true to his word, came out strong. Pretty early on he landed a massive right hook on Kelley. At that point Kelley’s eye started swelling and Yanez piled on the punishment. Yanez followed up with more rights and once Kelley was on the knees referee swooped in and called it a night.
FIRST ROUND FINISH IN HIS HOME STATE!!! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/mDEMNTyH0Y
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UFC security soon crowded the cage and prevented recovering Kelley from escalating the situation with Yanez.
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Yanez made an entertaining statement when all was said and done: ” If you’re in Texas, you’re fighting a Texas guy, you’re getting slept.”
After the bout he once again addressed how things with Kelley got so personal: