Historical past can be witnessed on September 29 at ONE Combat Evening 14 because the world’s largest martial arts group will crown its first-ever ONE girls’s atomweight submission grappling world champion.
Danielle Kelly will welcome acquainted foe Jessa Khan for her ONE Championship debut to find out the primary girls’s grappling world champion of the division.
The 2 BJJ black belts are fairly accustomed to one another. Wwo years in the past, in February 2021, Khan scored a call win over Kelly of their first assembly. Following that encounter, they went on totally different routes to stardom.
Kelly secured her roster spot in ONE and has since competed in three grappling bouts. Of these three matches, she gained two, one by submission in opposition to Mariia Molchanova and the opposite through determination versus Ayaka Miura.
The Silver Fox BJJ standout additionally fought to a draw in opposition to Mei Yamaguchi again in her promotional debut.
However, the youthful Khan continued to compete in numerous tournaments till she gained gold medals within the 2022 IBJFF Pan American Championships and the 2023 IBJFF World Championships.
Due to that preliminary loss to Khan and her gold medal credentials, Kelly appears like she is the underdog heading into the world title battle, however this doesn’t imply she is fazed by it.
In truth, in her current ONE Championship interview, Kelly stated she is assured of her possibilities in opposition to the Cambodian-American by saying:
“She’s in all probability the favourite on this match, and I’m gonna show that you already know, I’m not a World Champ, however I believe I can submit her. She’s beatable. In order that’s what I’m gonna show.”
Aside from changing into the primary girls’s submission grappling world champion in ONE Championship, the 27-year-old eyes revenge from her former tormentor to even out their head-to-head matchup at one apiece.
ONE Combat Evening 14 is free for Prime Video subscribers in North America.