Dan Kelly (fighter)
|Dan Josh Kelly|
|Born||Daniel Thomas Kelly|
31 October 1977
Dad Bod Catterall
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Team||Resilience Training Centre (2013–present)|
|Rank||4th dan black belt in Judo |
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Gustavo Falciroli
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Daniel Thomas Kelly (born 31 October 1977 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian judoka and mixed martial artist. Known for his unconventional style, the four-time judo Olympian formerly competed in the UFC middleweight division.
Background and judo career
Kelly began competing in judo when he was 7 and competed at his first Australian Championships when he was 13. 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. Kelly has been Australian Champion on nine occasions.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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. 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 and due to injury in 2014.
The Ultimate Fighter
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. Kelly was defeated by eventual middleweight runner-up Sheldon Westcott via first round submission.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Kelly was expected to face Ricardo Abreu on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193. However, Abreu pulled out of the fight in late September and was replaced by Steve Montgomery. Kelly won the fight by unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- Olympic Games
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||13 wins||4 losses|
|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
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|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|
- "Trainers". resiliencetrainingcentre.com. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
- "Dan Kelly - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- danielkellyjudo (12 January 2017). ""I was very surprised and proud to receive my bjj black belt from my good friend and coach Gustavo tonight..."". Instagram. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
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- "UFC Fighter Rankings". Retrieved 19 April 2017.
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- "London 2012 profile". London2012.com. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Meet our team: Daniel Kelly". Resilience Training Centre. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "Dan Keey to take time off UFC to coach Australia". Fight Live TV. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "AFC 9 Dan Kelly Vs Ben Kelleher Live Blog". 17 May 2014. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
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- "Report: TUF Nations cast announced". bloodyelbow.com. 3 December 2013.
- 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.
- "Daniel Kelly vs. Luke Zachrich added to UFC Fight Night 55". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- C.J. Tuttle (11 December 2014). "Patrick Walsh-Daniel Kelly Added to UFC Fight Night in Colorado". sherdog.com.
- Peter Theodosiou (12 March 2015). "Daniel Kelly aims to settle score with Sam Alvey at UFC Adelaide card". heraldsun.com. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- 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.
- Larissa Nicholson (19 August 2015). "UFC to bring cage fighting to Etihad Stadium". smh.com.au. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- Tristen Critchfield (23 September 2015). "Steve Montgomery replaces Ricardo Abreu, meets Daniel Kelly at UFC 193". sherdog.com. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- Matt Erickson (14 November 2015). "UFC 193 results: Strong early, Daniel Kelly takes decision from Steve Montgomery". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- Liam Ducey (19 January 2016). "UFC Brisbane gets four more fights". smh.com.au. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
- Steven Marrocco (19 March 2016). "UFC Fight Night 85 results: Daniel Kelly mounts comeback, upsets Antonio Carlos Junior". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- Tristen Critchfield (21 September 2016). "Chris Camozzi booked to face Daniel Kelly at UFC Fight Night in Melbourne". sherdog.com. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
- Steven Marrocco (27 November 2016). "UFC Fight Night 101 results: Bloodied Daniel Kelly grinds way to decision over Chris Camozzi". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
- Jesse Holland (1 February 2017). "Rashad Evans vs. Dan Kelly set for UFC 209 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- Dave Doyle (4 March 2017). "UFC 209 results: Dan Kelly grinds out decision over Rashad Evans". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
- Themistoklis Alexis (20 March 2017). "Brunson-Kelly targeted for UFC Auckland". thescore.com. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
- Ben Fowlkes (11 June 2017). "UFC Fight Night 110 results: Derek Brunson finishes Daniel Kelly in 1st round with straight left". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- Alex Oates (8 September 2017). "Dan Kelly secures UFC Sydney bout against Canada's Elias Theodorou". news.com.au. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Elias Theodorou outworks Daniel Kelly for unanimous decision". MMAjunkie. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
- Staff (16 March 2018). "Sorry, Dublin: UFC heading to Liverpool for first time for UFC Fight Night 130". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
- "UFC Fight Night 130 results: Tom Breese phenomenal in return from long layoff, stops Daniel Kelly in first". MMAjunkie. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- Fernanda Prates (11 August 2018). "Daniel Kelly has a plea for one last UFC bout, it involves his son – and we're not crying, you are". mmajunkie.com.
- "Daniel Kelly at Sports-reference.com". www.sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2014.