Shreveport becoming hotbed for UFC talent

Local fighter Tony Kelley aims to be the next of local fighter signed to UFC

  • Joel Rodgers

The Shreveport area is becoming a hotbed for UFC talent, much like the Shreveport area is a hotbed for NFL talent.

“Ladies and gentlemen, our referee has called a stoppage to the action at 2 minutes and 38 seconds in the very first round, declaring the winner, Tony Kelley,” said the very seasoned and entertaining fight announcer “Dynamite” David Hardy Jr. after Shreveport fighter, Tony Kelley defeated Andy Brossett in the main event of AKA 7 inside the Horseshoe Riverdome on Friday May 17th.

“Let’s keep this training rolling” says Kelley. He’s now 6-1, and ready for the UFC to come calling. He says staying ready and “waiting on that call”, oh… he’s also looking to fight again in July.

Kelley is looking to join other local fighters (Matt “Danger” Schnell, Andrea “KGB” Lee, Derrick Krantz, Kevin “The Angel of Death” Aguilar, and Dustin Poirier) in the UFC.

Tony Kelley’s only lost came to 17-1 Kevin Aguilar in 2016.

Look for Kelley to join Aguilar in the UFC sometime in the very near future.

Interesting note* Tony Kelley attended the same Shreveport high school as Matt “Danger” Schnell… Captain Shreve High School. Making Captain Shreve a hotbed for UFC talent too. Pretty cool.


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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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