Dan Kelly (fighter)

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Dan Kelly
Born Daniel Thomas Kelly[1]
(1977-10-31) 31 October 1977 (age 40)
Melbourne, Australia
Other names Dad
Dad Bod Catterall
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)[2]
Division Middleweight
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Style Judo
Stance Southpaw
Team Resilience Training Centre
Rank 4th dan black belt in Judo[3]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Gustavo Falciroli[4]
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 13
By knockout 3
By submission 5
By decision 5
Losses 4
By knockout 3
By decision 1
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]

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. 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. 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. 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. ^ "Daniel Kelly at Sports-reference.com". www.sports-reference.com. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 

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