Randy Costa vs. Tony Kelley Set for UFC 269

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Randy Costa, UFC Vegas 32 Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

UFC 269 has added a pair of exciting bantamweights to its line-up.

Randy Costa (6-2) will face Tony Kelley (7-2) at the PPV event, set for December 11, 2021. Cageside Press confirmed the booking with a source familiar with the situation, following an initial report by MMA Fighting.

Costa was last seen in a heartbreaking loss against Adrian Yanez. In the battle of candy vs. soda (Costa is a Reese’s fan, Yanez backed Dr. Pepper), the New England native looked stellar in the opening round. The second belonged to Yanez, however, who finished Costa via TKO.

Prior to that, Costa had floored Journey Newson with a head kick KO. The 27-year old now sits at 2-2 inside the promotion.

Tony Kelley is 1-1 inside the UFC since debuting last year. He came up short in his first fight, losing a unanimous decision to Kai Kamaka III. The judges would rule in his favor in his sophomore outing against Ali AlQaisi back in October.

The fight against Randy Costa will be Kelley’s first of 2021.

UFC 269 does not yet have an official location or venue announced. The card is expected to feature the rescheduled women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes, and potentially the lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier.

Currently confirmed are the following bouts:

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Julianna Peña
Cody Garbrandt vs. Kai Kara-France
Gillian Robertson vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Montana De La Rosa vs. Maycee Barber
Randy Costa vs. Tony Kelley