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UFC Long Island adds Selden’s Brian Kelleher to fight card

Brian Kelleher, of United States celebrates after defeating

Brian Kelleher, of United States celebrates after defeating Iuri Alcantara, of Brazil, during their UFC bantamweight mixed martial arts bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jun. 3, 2017. Photo Credit: AP / Leo Correa

Shortly after submitting his opponent in his promotional debut at UFC 212 in Brazil last Saturday, Selden’s Brian Kelleher jumped on to the campaign trail.

Kelleher wanted his next fight to be a little closer to home, say, Nassau Coliseum.

On Wednesday, the bantamweight nicknamed “Boom” received his wish.

Kelleher will face Marlon “Chito” Vera at UFC Long Island on July 22 at the renovated Coliseum. The card will air on Fox and includes six Long Island-based UFC fighters.

Kelleher (17-7) submitted Iuri Alcantara, the 13th-ranked UFC bantamweight, in the first round with a guillotine choke off a scramble.

Vera (9-3-1, 3-2 UFC) has won his last two fights. He won a unanimous decision over Ning Guangyou last November, then followed it up with a third-round TKO of Brad Pickett last March.

Latest UFC Long Island fight card

Middleweight: Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins

Light heavyweight: Gian Villante vs. Patrick Cummins

Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida

Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Oliveira

Welterweight: Lyman Good vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Lightweight: Chris Wade vs. Frankie Perez

Featherweight: Shane Burgos vs. Godofredo Pepey

Featherweight: Kyle Bochniak vs. Jeremy Kennedy

Heavyweight: Damian Grabowski vs. Christian Colombo

Middleweight: Rafael Natal vs. Alessio Di Chirico

Bantamweight: Brian Kelleher vs. Marlon Vera

Heavyweight: Timothy Johnson vs. Junior Albini

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