Dan Kelly (fighter)

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Dan Kelly
BornDaniel Thomas Kelly[1]
(1977-10-31) 31 October 1977 (age 41)
Melbourne, Australia
Other namesDad
Dad Bod Catterall
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)[2]
Reach73 in (185 cm)
TeamResilience Training Centre
Rank4th dan black belt in Judo[3]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Gustavo Falciroli[4]
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission5
By decision5
By knockout3
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Daniel Thomas Kelly (born 31 October 1977 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian judoka[5] and mixed martial artist. Known for his unconventional style, the four-time judo Olympian competes in the UFC middleweight division.[6]

Kelly began competing in judo when he was 7 and competed at his first Australian Championships when he was 13.[7] He made the junior national team in 1994 where he competed at the Junior World Championships and went on to make the senior national team two years later.[7] Kelly has been Australian Champion on nine occasions.[7]

Kelly is the only Judo competitor to have been selected to fight for Australia in four different Olympic games.[7] He most recently competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the -100 kg event.[8]

He was the Judo coach for the Australian team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.[9][10]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kelly made his professional MMA debut in July 2006. He remained out of competition for the next six and a half years due to judo commitments.

Australian Fighting Championship and local MMA[edit]

Kelly returned to the sport in December 2012. Over the next eight months, he improved his record to 5 wins with no losses. Kelly again returned to action in the Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) in May 2014, at AFC 9, defeating Ben Kelleher via second round submission.[11] Kelly was twice slated to fight Steven Kennedy for the vacant AFC middleweight belt in 2013 at AFC 7 and 2014 at AFC 10, but was forced to withdraw due to The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia commitments in 2013[12] and due to injury in 2014.[13]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In December 2013, it was announced that Kelly was selected as one of the fighters to represent Australia for the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia.[14] Kelly was defeated by eventual middleweight runner-up Sheldon Westcott via first round submission.[15]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]


Kelly made his UFC debut against Luke Zachrich on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55.[16] Kelly was victorious, winning by submission due to a kimura.

In his second bout for the promotion, Kelly faced Patrick Walsh on 14 February 2015 at UFC Fight Night 60.[17] He won the fight by unanimous decision.


Kelly faced Sam Alvey on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65.[18] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[19]

Kelly was expected to face Ricardo Abreu on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193.[20] However, Abreu pulled out of the fight in late September and was replaced by Steve Montgomery.[21] Kelly won the fight by unanimous decision.[22]


Kelly faced Antônio Carlos Júnior on 20 March 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85.[23] Kelly won the bout via TKO in the third round.[24]

Kelly next faced Chris Camozzi on 27 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101.[25] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[26]


Kelly faced Rashad Evans on 4 March 2017 at UFC 209.[27] He won the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[28]

Kelly faced Derek Brunson on 11 June 2017 at UFC Fight Night 110.[29] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[30]

Kelly faced Elias Theodorou on 19 November 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura.[31] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[32]


Kelly faced Tom Breese on 27 May 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130.[33] He lost the fight via technical knock out in round one.[34] Kelly became a free agent after the fight.[35]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–4 Tom Breese TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till 27 May 2018 1 3:33 Liverpool, England
Loss 13–3 Elias Theodorou Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura 19 November 2017 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Loss 13–2 Derek Brunson KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt 11 June 2017 1 1:16 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 13–1 Rashad Evans Decision (split) UFC 209 4 March 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–1 Chris Camozzi Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson 27 November 2016 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 11–1 Antônio Carlos Júnior TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir 20 March 2016 3 1:36 Brisbane, Australia
Win 10–1 Steve Montgomery Decision (unanimous) UFC 193 15 November 2015 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 9–1 Sam Alvey TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt 10 May 2015 1 0:49 Adelaide, Australia
Win 9–0 Patrick Walsh Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch 14 February 2015 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Catchweight (191.5 lbs) bout; Walsh missed weight.
Win 8–0 Luke Zachrich Submission (kimura) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping 8 November 2014 1 4:27 Sydney, Australia
Win 7–0 Ben Kelleher Submission (rear-naked choke) Australian Fighting Championship 9 17 May 2014 2 3:41 Albury, Australia
Win 6–0 Bor Bratovž KO (punch) Australian Fighting Championship 6 24 August 2013 2 1:42 Melbourne, Australia AFC Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 5–0 Daniel Way Submission (armbar) Shamrock Events: NOM 7 22 June 2013 1 Melbourne, Australia
Win 4–0 Chris Birch Submission (rear naked choke) Australian Fighting Championship 5 10 May 2013 1 3:36 Melbourne, Australia Middleweight debut. AFC Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 3–0 Kym Robinson Submission (rear naked choke) MMA Down Under 3 16 March 2013 1 1:17 Findon, Australia
Win 2–0 Fabio Galeb Decision (unanimous) Australian Fighting Championship 4 12 December 2012 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 1–0 Ross Dallow TKO (thrown from the ring) Dojo KO - Second Elimination 22 July 2006 2 N/A Melbourne, Australia

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Sheldon Westcott Submission (arm-triangle choke) The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia February 19, 2014 (airdate) 1 0:56 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Quarter-finals

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/boxingnvgov/content/results/2017_Results/03-04-17MMA.pdf
  2. ^ "Daniel Kelly". sherdog.com. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Dan Kelly - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  4. ^ danielkellyjudo (January 12, 2017). ""I was very surprised and proud to receive my bjj black belt from my good friend and coach Gustavo tonight..."". Instagram. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sports reference profile". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  6. ^ "UFC Fighter Rankings". Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Daniel Kelly". london2012.olympics.com.au. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  8. ^ "London 2012 profile". London2012.com. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Meet our team: Daniel Kelly". Resilience Training Centre.
  10. ^ "Dan Keey to take time off UFC to coach Australia". Fight Live TV.
  11. ^ "AFC 9 Dan Kelly Vs Ben Kelleher Live Blog". 17 May 2014. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  12. ^ Chris. "Australian Fighting Championships 7 Preview". Australian MMA News, Reviews, Interviews & Results. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  13. ^ Mike. "Saturday night's Australian Fighting Championship 10 fight card and LIVE STREAM details". Australian MMA News, Reviews, Interviews & Results. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Report: TUF Nations cast announced". bloodyelbow.com. 3 December 2013.
  15. ^ Chris. "TUF Nations: Episode 6 Recap - Sheldon Westcott submits Daniel Kelly". Australian MMA News, Reviews, Interviews & Results. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Daniel Kelly vs. Luke Zachrich added to UFC Fight Night 55". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  17. ^ C.J. Tuttle (11 December 2014). "Patrick Walsh-Daniel Kelly Added to UFC Fight Night in Colorado". sherdog.com.
  18. ^ Peter Theodosiou (2015-03-12). "Daniel Kelly aims to settle score with Sam Alvey at UFC Adelaide card". heraldsun.com. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  19. ^ Steven Marrocco (9 May 2015). "UFC Fight Night 65 results: Sam Alvey lights up Daniel Kelly for first-round TKO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  20. ^ Larissa Nicholson (2015-08-19). "UFC to bring cage fighting to Etihad Stadium". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  21. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-09-23). "Steve Montgomery replaces Ricardo Abreu, meets Daniel Kelly at UFC 193". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  22. ^ Matt Erickson (14 November 2015). "UFC 193 results: Strong early, Daniel Kelly takes decision from Steve Montgomery". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  23. ^ Liam Ducey (19 January 2016). "UFC Brisbane gets four more fights". smh.com.au. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  24. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-03-19). "UFC Fight Night 85 results: Daniel Kelly mounts comeback, upsets Antonio Carlos Junior". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  25. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-09-21). "Chris Camozzi booked to face Daniel Kelly at UFC Fight Night in Melbourne". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  26. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-11-27). "UFC Fight Night 101 results: Bloodied Daniel Kelly grinds way to decision over Chris Camozzi". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  27. ^ Jesse Holland (2017-02-01). "Rashad Evans vs. Dan Kelly set for UFC 209 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  28. ^ Dave Doyle (2017-03-04). "UFC 209 results: Dan Kelly grinds out decision over Rashad Evans". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  29. ^ Themistoklis Alexis (2017-03-20). "Brunson-Kelly targeted for UFC Auckland". thescore.com. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  30. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-06-11). "UFC Fight Night 110 results: Derek Brunson finishes Daniel Kelly in 1st round with straight left". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  31. ^ Alex Oates (2017-09-08). "Dan Kelly secures UFC Sydney bout against Canada's Elias Theodorou". news.com.au. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  32. ^ "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Elias Theodorou outworks Daniel Kelly for unanimous decision". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  33. ^ Staff (2018-03-16). "Sorry, Dublin: UFC heading to Liverpool for first time for UFC Fight Night 130". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  34. ^ "UFC Fight Night 130 results: Tom Breese phenomenal in return from long layoff, stops Daniel Kelly in first". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  35. ^ Fernanda Prates (August 11, 2018). "Daniel Kelly has a plea for one last UFC bout, it involves his son – and we're not crying, you are". mmajunkie.com.
  36. ^ "Daniel Kelly at Sports-reference.com". www.sports-reference.com. Retrieved 6 October 2014.

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