UFC: Journey Newson vs. Brian Kelleher Booked for April 29

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Brian Kelleher, UFC Vegas 57 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

Bantamweight action has joined the UFC’s April 29 Fight Night card.

Brian Kelleher (24-14) is set to face Journey Newson (10-4, 1NC) on that date, at a UFC event yet to be officially announced.

Iridium Sports Agency, who represent Newson, revealed the match-up on Wednesday. Kelleher had previously teased at having booked a fight.

Kelleher will be looking to shake off a two-fight losing streak come April, after coming up short against Umar Nurmagomedov and Mario Bautista in back-to-back fights. Both outings saw “Boom” submitted via rear-naked choke inside of a round.

Prior to those setbacks, Kelleher had notched a pair of decision wins over Kevin Croom and Domingo Pilarte.

Newson is 1-2 in his last three for his part, sandwiching a win over Fernie Garcia between losses to Randy Costa and Sergey Morozov. Before that run, Newson had picked up a win over Pilarte, a shared opponent with Kelleher. However, after failing a drag test for marijuana, the win was overturned to a No Contest.

The UFC’s April 29, 2023 Fight Night card does not yet have a venue, location, or broadcast plan officially announced. Two other bouts have been reported for the event thus far, including a rare women’s featherweight fight:

  • Natan Levy vs. Pete Rodriguez
  • Chelsea Chandler vs. Danyelle Wolf
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Journey Newson


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