Former UFC fighter sentenced to 13 years in prison for drug trafficking

Maggie Hendricks

As mentioned previously on Cagewriter, UFC veteran Paul Kelly was convicted for trafficking heroin in the United Kingdom. He got his sentence. Kelly, who last fought in the UFC when he lost to Donald Cerrone at UFC 126, will have to serve 13 years in prison.

The judge in Kelly's case pointed out the fighter's role as a drug trafficker.

"In my judgement you decided to supply Class A drugs when your contract with UFC was terminated," Brown was quoted as saying in the Liverpool Echo. "You obviously enjoyed the high life and saw selling heroin as an easy way to make money."

An extra wrinkle to Kelly's sentence is that he is 28 years old and riding a two-fight winning streak. Assuming Kelly serves out his entire sentence, he will be 41 when he's released. Kelly's actions have not only cost him his freedom, but more than likely, his career. Crime doesn't pay, kids.

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