UFC Vegas 9: Brian Kelleher Secures His Seventh Career Guillotine Finish

Brian Kelleher and Ray Rodriguez, UFC Vegas 9
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 05: (R-L) Brian Kelleher secures a guillotine choke against Ray Rodriguez in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Just hours prior to UFC Vegas 9, Brian Kelleher lost his opponent, Kevin Natividad. To put that in perspective, keep in mind that Natividad himself was a short-notice replacement. Kellher had originally been scheduled to face Ricky Simon, but one of Simon’s corners tested positive for COVID-19.

That resulted in Natividad stepping up. But on Saturday, he dropped off the card, leaving back-up fighter Ray Rodriguez to step in. Rodriguez had weighed in Friday, after Natividad had what had been believed to be a false positive for COVID-19.

At least Kelleher still had a fight. After all, Saturday, two other fights fell through.

Right off the bat in the fight itself, Brian Kelleher was aggressive and in the face of Rodriguez. Rodriguez threw a glancing head kick backing up Kelleher. But Rodriguez shot in for a takedown next, something he would come to regret — given he shot right into a guillotine. Early in the fight, with both fighters dry, it was tight. It wasn’t long at all before Rodriguez tapped.

If you know Brian “Boom” Kelleher at all, you know he has a nasty guillotine. That was the seventh submission via that particular method for Kelleher in his career.

Official Result: Brian Kelleher def. Ray Rodriguez by Submission (Guillotine), Round 1, 0:39