Danielle Kelly reveals her biggest phobia outside the ring

Everyone has their phobias. For some, it’s spiders, germs, or even heights; but for jiu-jitsu star Danielle Kelly, they take the form of round pasty faces with sinister red smiles.

The Philadelphia native opened up about her deepest fears in a recent interview with ONE Championship. When asked what scares her the most about being around clowns, she frankly said:

“They just look weird and are mostly weirdos.”

Being scared of clowns isn’t an irrational fear – speaking to those traumatized millennials who dared to see Stephen King’s film ‘IT’ by their friends on Halloween.

But the fascinating thing about the subject at hand is that, who knew Danielle Kelly could be so afraid of clowns? So much so that she would rather use her jiu-jitsu skills against an intimidating opponent on the mat than face a laughing jerk.

As a follow-up question, Kelly was asked which is scarier, an MMA fight against a ranked opponent in front of thousands of spectators or a clown?

Without hesitation she replied:

“Probably a clown. I would say clown. They kind of scare me. When you watch pranks on YouTube and see those clown videos, I feel like I’m the one person who’s going to have a heart attack and not run away. I just freeze because they just scare me.”

Danielle Kelly is hoping to fight for the first women’s atomicweight world title

Danielle Kelly remains confident that ONE Championship will have enough female grapplers in her division to introduce the first women’s submission grappling world championship title in the near future.

With jiu-jitsu prodigy Mikey Musumeci and Cleber Sousa clinching the first ONE World Men’s Flyweight Submission Grappling title on September 30th, Danielle Kelly is hoping she also gets a chance to compete for a belt battle.

she said South China Morning Post (SCMP) MMA:

“It would mean a lot. I think it would probably put my stamp on how serious I am about being a competitor. I think it would make people take me seriously and a belt below ONE will be the greatest achievement in jiu-jitsu for my department.”

ONE Championship’s dynamic and ever-expanding roster means Kelly could soon face stiff competition in her quest for ONE Gold in her natural sport. Perhaps even MMA nukes with a strong Jiu-Jitsu background can switch to add interest to the field. But until that moment comes, “hope” would be the right word in this particular scenario.

Watch Kelly’s interview with The SCMP MMA below:

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