Local fighters campaign for a spot on UFC Albany card

Ricky Bandejas after finishing Tony Gravely at CFFC 60.


Brian “Boom” Kelleher (16-7) is campaigning for a spot on UFC Fight Night 102 this Thanksgiving.

The current Ring of Combat bantamweight champion and even other regional fighters like Sergio DaSilva are taking to Twitter to help the New York native book a spot on the card in Albany, New York on Dec. 17, 2016.

A opening on the card came to be after former Cage Fury Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling pulled out of his bout with Raphael Assuncao due to injury.

“With sterling out get in ny based fighter vet with big wins and finishes,” Sergio DaSilva wrote via Twitter.

Kelleher is currently on a six-fight winning streak and is a former teammate of Sterling at Team Bomb Squad in New York. Kelleher made sure Dana white knew he is an option right away.

I’m your guy from li ny let’s make it happen ,” Kelleher wrote.

The ROC bantamweight is not the only one trying to grab the attention of the UFC on Twitter today. Cage Fury Fighting Championships Bantamweight Ricky Bandejas (8-1) put his name out there.

“Fight ready! Local guy ready to put a show on top bantamweight out of UFC. ,” Bandejas wrote on Twitter.

His head coach and former UFC Middleweight Nick Catone tweeted at Dana White and Sean Shelby about how his fighter is ready to step into the octagon. Bandejas is riding a three-fight win streak since losing to Nick Pace for the CFFC bantamweight title at CFFC 52 Oct. 31, 2015.

Chris Piriz (5-2) joined in on the action. The bantamweight from Uruguay took a different approach on Twiiter

“I’ll get a whole another county behind w the UFC how mcgregor did Ireland. > Brazil any day ,”

Piriz is currently on a three-fight win streak, defeating DaSilva, Pat White and Thomas Hodge III. Piriz ranks as the No. 10 bantamweight in New Jersey according to tapology.com.

Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.