ONE Championship signs jiu-jitsu standout Danielle Kelly


When Danielle Kelly is compete in mixed martial arts, she will do so for ONE Championship.

A promotional official confirmed to MMA Fighting on Friday that Kelly has signed with ONE. Kelly’s contract with ONE is similar to that of Gordon Ryan, the ADCC gold medalist, in March. She will be competing for promotion in grappling matches, and then, when ready, for MMA.

Kelly also confirmed the signing via Instagram, while expressing gratitude in regards to her new opportunity.

” “I cannot put into words just how important this is to me,” Kelly said. “I try my best to be the best I can be whether that’s on or off the mats. I’m passionate about .”


The 26-year-old is a veteran for jiu-jitsu and grappling events such as the ADCC Trials, Eddie Bravo Invitational, Quintet, and Fury Pro. Kelly most recently competed against former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza at December’s Fury Pro 3 and picked up a victory after Esparza suffered a nasty cut over her eye following a big slam. Kelly also holds a submission victory over current UFC flyweight Cynthia Calvillo via ankle lock at Quintet Ultra in 2019.

Kelly’s promotional debut is not yet scheduled.