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Chris Kelades of Cole Harbour to fight flyweight Sergio Pettis at UFC 197

Bout will mark first UFC pay-per-view event for the 35-year-old mixed martial artist.

Chris Kelades.

Jeff Harper

Chris Kelades.

Chris Kelades is stepping into the main UFC spotlight.

The Cole Harbour mixed martial artist has been named to the card for UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas, which will be headlined by a light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.

Kelades, 35, will take on Sergio Pettis in a three-round flyweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pettis, the brother of former UFC champion Anthony Pettis, is 13-2 overall and ranked No. 13 in the flyweight division.

Kelades is 9-2 overall and 2-1 in three UFC fights. This will be his first pay-per-view UFC event.

Kelades became a mainstay at UFC when he won his debut in Halifax at the Scotiabank Centre on Oct. 4, 2014 with a unanimous decision over Paddy Holohan at a UFC Fight Night event.

The enteraining three-round contest was named fight of the night.

His most recent encounter was Aug. 23 when he won a split-decision over Chris Beal.

His other UFC fight was a loss by submission in the third round to Ray Borg last February.

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