Las Vegas, NV – It was a dominating night for UFC bantamweight Tony Kelley, who finished Randy Costa via TKO at UFC 269 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.
Kelley was all smiles following his victory as he spoke to the media about the win and what is next.
“Yeah, I’m excited. Obviously I’m excited, we come to win. So getting the win is always exciting,” Kelley said.
Kelley (8-2) was aggressive from the start of the fight and took it to Costa who seemed to be trying to save his energy for the later rounds of the fight. Costa deviated from his usual game plan of being aggressive himself in the first round and it seems to have ended up costing him.
“I was hoping to get him out of there in the first round. I keep seeing all of this, the media talking about, if it’s in the first round it’s his [Costa] fight. Anything after that, so I was really trying to prove that even in the first round it didn’t matter. But we got it done.”
During fight week the talk about Kelley seemed to be dominated by the fact that he chose to drive to Las Vegas rather than fly from his home in Louisiana which turned into a 21-hour flight.
“Yeah, jokes on ya’ll mother f*ckers! I mean they say 21 hours, I mean it was me and my crew we drove down, it was smooth. We went to Scottsdale, Arizona. I got some oxygen therapy, got some massages, carried everything with me. Shot up here 4-hour drive. Wasn’t sh*t, you know? I’ll do it every time.”
Kelley ran his fight camp in Louisiana for this fight and it seems to have made all of the difference.
“Oh it’s huge. We finally ironed everything out to be able to stay back home and there’s nothing like home, you know. Sleeping in your own bed, cooking your own food. It’s like that x-factor. Glad we dialed it in and got it in place finally.”
Kelley wants to keep it moving and active going into 2022 and he had a couple ideas for cards he wants to be on.
“I would like to fight in Texas in February or, I hear that you guys are going to Florida in April maybe? I don’t know if that’s like a little birdie or if that’s valid or not. But if it is I want Florida. Texas and Florida is a lot closer to home.”
As for an opponent? One name.
“I like the fight with Adrian Yanez. He just got a win over Randy as well so I like that matchup.”
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