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ONE Championship signs American BJJ grappling prodigy Danielle Kelly

"I can't put into words how much this means to me ..."

American BJJ and grappling star Danielle Kelly will start the next phase of her career with ONE Championship.

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Kelly, 25, revealed her signing on Instagram Thursday. She noted that she will be compete in grappling bouts first under ONE before transitioning, when she is ready, to MMA.

Kelly recently competed at FURY Grappling 3, defeating UFC strawweight Carla Esparza after an accidental head butt with Esparza produced a fight-ending cut.

She also has grappling victories over Cynthia Calvillo and Roxanne Modafferi.

Financial terms were not disclosed.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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