Danielle Kelly is one of the first talents to look out for on the ONE Championship Submission Grappling roster. However, the American phenomenon also enjoys watching other talent in the sport.
Kelly is looking to build bonus winning performance at ONE X against a former world title contender in Mei Yamaguchi. As she awaits her return to action, the 25-year-old said she’s happy to watch three of her favorite grapplers show off their talents in the same promotion as her.
In an interview with ONE Championship, Danielle Kelly said:
“Definitely Garry Tonon and also the Ruotolo brothers. Actually, we’re really good friends with them. So it’s really cool to see them in the same promotion and they’re really young. Seeing them from two years ago and now, it’s such a drastic change, how much they’ve changed, like their training and jiu-jitsu. So I’d say they’re probably in my top three or four. Because they are always exciting to see and they strive for submission.”
Garry Tonon featured in the first-ever submission grappling match in ONE Championship in 2017 against Shinya Aoki. He has since transitioned to MMA, rising to become the world featherweight title contender.
Meanwhile, the Ruotolo brothers successfully won their promotion debuts, with Kade outclassing Aoki and Tye, forcing Tonon to tap along in the historic extravaganza celebrating the promotion’s 10th anniversary.
Danielle Kelly wants to fight Angela Lee in submission grappling
Danielle Kelly has expressed her desire to compete in MMA in the near future, but she is still focused on competing in submission grappling.
As ONE Championship expands its submission grappling roster, Kelly wants to compete in the promotion with Angela Lee, one of the best grapplers in MMA. The 26-year-old said it would take her less than five minutes to submit “Unstoppable” if they ever faced each other in a submission grappling match.
Meanwhile, the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion has declared that she is ready to take on Kelly in any event. With Kelly needing to string together a string of wins before she gets her shot at Lee in MMA, a wrestling match between the two could be the best way for fans to witness this dream match for now.
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