I’m coming home…. pic.twitter.com/Jx2sx8bUpN
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135)
August 10, 2018
Two new bouts featuring Long Island, New York-based fighters have
been added to UFC 230, with a lightweight matchup between Matt
Frevola and Lando
Vannata and bantamweights Brian
Kelleher and UFC newcomer Domingo
Pilarte filling out the promotion’s next foray into the Big
Newsday reported this week.
Vannata has had an inconsistent run in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship thus far, nearly defeating
perennial top-five lightweight Tony
Ferguson on short notice back in 2016 before submitting to a
D’Arce choke in the second round. “Groovy” followed that up with a
phenomenal first-round knockout against John
Makdessi, but has since gone 0-2-1 since then. Selden, New York
native Frevola will look to bounce back after a knockout loss to
Reyes earlier this year.
Fellow Long Island resident Kelleher is coming off of a knockout
loss at the hands of bantamweight powerhouse John
Lineker at UFC 224 in May. His opponent Pilarte is a veteran of
Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, submitting
Morales for a UFC contract.
UFC 230 will take place on Nov. 30 at Madison Square Garden in New
York City and will feature blockbuster bouts including Yoel Romero
vs. Paulo Costa and Dustin
Poirier vs. Nate Diaz,
with a rematch between former middleweight champions Luke
Rockhold and Chris
Weidman rumored to be in the works.