UFC bantamweight Brian “Boom” Kelleher (20-10) said he feels like in some ways his life is the same during the Coronavirus quarantine.
“My lifestyle is to train, eat, sleep; it’s very regimented. I’m kind of a homebody,” he said when he spoke to The Scrap. He added that for fighters the lockdown might be easier to handle. “I just miss my teammates, I miss the gym and going to practice. I’m still working out 6 days a week twice per day. I’m able to get creative and make due with the workouts.”
The 33-year-old admitted that one of the most difficult things for him during this time is keeping his weight down. “With the quality of training, it’s hard to keep in fight shape,” he said.
To ease his boredom during the pandemic, Kelleher has remained busy creating goofy, funny ways to make Instagram posts. Among them, you can find clips of him playing his ukulele.
“I love music,” he said. He’s also used social media to express his interest in fighting “Sugar” Sean O’Malley. “That’s the quote, unquote money fight for my division I feel. I think he knows that. Now it’s time to challenge himself against a tough guy and I feel like I’m that guy. I’m just trying to get my chance at trying to steal a little of the hype that he has and put my name in there. Sometimes in this game it’s not just about being in title contention. It’s about getting the fight that makes the biggest noise.”
“Boom” also mentioned Thomas Almeida, Ricky Simon, and Hunter Azure as other names he would be interested in fighting. In Kelleher’s last fight, he beat Ode Osbourne (8-3) by guillotine choke at UFC 246 in January.
When asked what he envisioned Dana White’s fight island to be, Kelleher said, “I feel like Dana knows what he’s doing with that. I feel like he will pick a really cool looking spot with lots of safety guidelines involved. It would be really cool to fight on an island like that.”
In the meantime, he has been making up fight island songs strumming along on his ukulele. Fans can find them posted on his social media sites. “I feel like this is a way to stand out in these times,” he said, “If I can catch the eye of the matchmakers or Dana White. This is my way of saying let me fight.”