Danielle Kelly Prepares Thoroughly for ONE Atomweight Submission Grappling Title Clash with Jessa Khan

Danielle Kelly, Jessa Khan, MMA

Singapore – The stage is set for a thrilling showdown in the world of submission grappling as Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts Danielle Kelly and Jessa Khan gear up for a highly anticipated clash. These two accomplished athletes will vie for the inaugural ONE atomweight submission grappling world championship at ONE Fight Night 14, scheduled for September 29, in a primetime event for the US audience at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

In an exclusive interview with Sherdog, Danielle Kelly revealed the meticulous preparations she’s undergoing to ensure she’s ready for every possible scenario when she faces her old rival, Jessa Khan. The commitment to comprehensive training includes strategizing for a wide range of predicaments, even envisioning scenarios where she finds herself in compromising positions.

One potential strategy Kelly is preparing for is Khan’s possible utilization of the cage wall, a tactic reminiscent of Tammi Musumeci’s control techniques against Bianca Basilio and Amanda Alequin in their respective ONE Championship matches.

Kelly shared her insights, saying, “So I feel like she might beat me, and try to put me against the cage and pull guard on me, like Tammi did with Bianca, and against Alequin, she got the catch for the guillotine. So you know, I’ve been playing with a lot of scenarios for this upcoming match.”

The upcoming clash holds a significant backstory, with Khan and Kelly having faced each other previously under the Who’s Number One banner in 2021. In that encounter, Khan emerged victorious via referee decision, a result that fueled Kelly’s motivation and left her with a sense of unfinished business.

Since their last meeting, both athletes have charted distinctive paths in the world of grappling.

Danielle Kelly has earned a reputation as one of the most aggressive and accomplished no-gi grapplers globally. Her impressive victories over notable opponents such as Cynthia Calvillo, Roxanne Modafferi, and former UFC strawweight women’s world champion Carla Esparza have solidified her standing in the no-gi circuit. Kelly’s remarkable performances in no-gi competitions eventually led to her signing with ONE Championship, where she boasts an unblemished record of 2-0-1.

On the other hand, Jessa Khan has been a standout in gi competitions, proudly representing Cambodia throughout her career. In 2023, Khan achieved the prestigious title of women’s light featherweight world champion in the 2023 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championships.

The clash between these two exceptional grapplers at ONE Fight Night 14 promises to be a captivating encounter, showcasing their diverse skill sets and determined spirits.

For fans in North America, the event will be available live and free to all Prime Video subscribers, allowing enthusiasts to witness this monumental matchup as it unfolds.

The countdown to September 29th has begun, and the world of submission grappling eagerly awaits the battle for the ONE atomweight submission grappling world championship. With Danielle Kelly’s thorough preparations and Jessa Khan’s impressive pedigree, this clash is poised to be a memorable moment in the realm of combat sports.


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