Chris Kelades Making a Name for Himself in the Flyweight Division

Chris Kelades vs Adrian Woolley (photo: Martin Blais | Aggro Photography)

Chris Kelades vs Adrian Woolley (photo: Martin Blais | Aggro Photography)

Even though Top MMA News may not be handing out the best of 2014 awards just yet, you can say that Chris Kelades is a front runner for a few at the halfway mark.  After already securing a submission of the year candidate with a gogoplata over Rick Doyle in January, he made a case for fight of the year after he and Adrian Woolley had a three round slobberknocker at ECC 21 last weekend that ended in a close split decision.

The Woolley match did have a little controversy when one judge scored all three rounds for Kelades, which was a surprise to everyone.  After some talk on the forums on the site which included Kelades himself speaking up, things have cooled down and when I got a chance to ask him about the fight itself, it was safe to say he was pleased with the result.

“It was entertaining,” says Kelades. “I have watched it a couple of times and I was happy with it, happy with the outcome and happy with everything that transpired.  Obviously, I would have liked to finish the fight so that people can say nothing but he was a tough guy and I did everything I could at the time.”

The win was big for Kelades as he rebounded after suffering his first career loss against Malcolm Gordon in a Fight of the Night performance at Bellator 119.  Kelades took the fight on short notice against one of the country’s top Flyweights and was able to hold his own in the cage.  In sports, every loss has it lessons and Kelades took some good notes from the match.

“Watching the fight now, it was on short notice and such a bigger stage and you don’t have a whole lot of time to prepare for that,” says Kelades. “You just have to perform at the best you possibly could.  Looking back on it, some of the things I took was that I need experience and bring a little more patience to the fight.  I tried to do that a little more in (the fight with Woolley) definitely.  The fight with Gordon was just a guy who is a little more scrambling like myself. It was just start to finish, hamsters on a wheel.”

Chris Kelades vs Chance Whalen (photo: Martin Blais)

Chris Kelades vs Chance Whalen (photo: Martin Blais)

After sitting on the shelf for two years dealing with concussion issues and deciding to drop down to Flyweight, you can say this has been a big year for the Nova Scotia native.  Now that he knows he can make the weight cut easily and has already faced some of the top tier the country has to offer, you got to wonder if Kelades wants more.

“Really I am just chilling right now and I am trying to enjoy this one,” says Kelades.  “This was my third fight this year and I would like to fight at least once more before the end of the year but we will just wait and see how the stars align.  As far as 125ers in Canada, I fought some of the best guys.  I won one, lost one so I am right in there.  There are a couple of other guys that may pose a threat out there for an interesting fight, so we will see what is out there but I just want to be active.”

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