Kelly Anundson

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Kelly Anundson
Born (1984-08-29) August 29, 1984 (age 35)
Elma, Washington, United States
Other namesCrossface
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Fighting out ofReno, Nevada, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission5
By decision2
By submission3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kelly Anundson (born August 29, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2010, Anundson has previously competed for Bellator. He was also a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 19. His most high-profile win in his career was over future UFC Light Heavyweight title contender Volkan Oezdemir.


Born and raised in a trucking family in Elma, Washington, Anundson began wrestling at the age of five. Talented, Anundson would go on to be a state champion in high school before continuing his career at Lassen College in California, and then transferred to Newberry College in South Carolina, where he was a three-time All-American. Anundson later began competing in mixed martial arts and grappling tournaments before he began training with American Top Team.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Anundson made his MMA debut in 2010. He won his first three bouts in the Palmetto Boxing Promotions organization before losing to UFC veteran Francis Carmont and Steven Cnudde, both via armbar submission. Anundson returned to the Palmetto Boxing Promotions, defeating Wade Hamilton via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. Anundson would win his next two bouts, both by stoppage in the first round.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Anundson appeared as one of the contestants on The Ultimate Fighter 19, he faced future winner of the show Corey Anderson in the fight to get into the TUF house. He lost via unanimous decision, thus ending his run on the show.[2]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Anundson made his Bellator debut on April 4, 2014, against Volkan Oezdemir at Bellator 115. He defeated Oezdemir via neck crank submission in the second round.[3]

Anundson entered in the Bellator 2014 summer series light heavyweight tournament. He defeated Rodney Wallace in the quarterfinals at Bellator 121 on June 6, 2014 via three-round unanimous decision to move on to the semifinals.[4]

Anundson faced Philipe Lins in the semifinals at Bellator 122 on July 25, 2014. In the first round, Lins injured his left knee while attempting a punch, causing the referee to stop the bout in favour of Anundson.[5]

Anundson faced Liam McGeary in the finals on September 12, 2014 at Bellator 124. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[6]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
12 matches 9 wins 3 losses
By knockout 2 0
By submission 5 3
By decision 2 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–3 Liam McGeary Submission (inverted triangle choke) Bellator 124 September 12, 2014 1 4:47 Plymouth Township, Michigan, United States Bellator 2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win 9–2 Philipe Lins TKO (knee injury) Bellator 122 July 25, 2014 1 1:40 Temecula, California, United States Bellator 2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 8–2 Rodney Wallace Decision (unanimous) Bellator 121 June 6, 2014 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Bellator 2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 7–2 Volkan Oezdemir Submission (neck crank) Bellator 115 April 4, 2014 2 3:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 Carlos Zevallos TKO (punches) Fight Time 12: Warriors Collide November 2, 2012 1 2:52 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 5–2 Alessandro de Oliveira Submission (north-south choke) Lions Fighting Championship 2 March 10, 2012 1 N/A Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Win 4–2 Wade Hamilton Submission (rear-naked choke) Palmetto Boxing Promotions: Fight Night at the Point June 24, 2011 1 1:00 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
Loss 3–2 Steven Cnudde Submission (armbar) HFC 3: France vs. Europe May 6, 2011 2 2:36 Martigny, Valais, Switzerland
Loss 3–1 Francis Carmont Submission (armbar) SHC 4: Monson vs. Perak April 30, 2011 1 2:06 Geneva, Switzerland
Win 3–0 Jesus Santiago Submission (north-south choke) Palmetto Boxing Promotions: Judgment Day 1 August 26, 2010 1 1:41 Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Win 2–0 Dann Cucuta Submission (armbar) Palmetto Boxing Promotions: Rage in the Cage April 24, 2010 1 3:13 Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Win 1–0 Chris McNally Decision (unanimous) Palmetto Boxing Promotions: Mayhem at the Medallion Center January 30, 2010 3 5:00 Columbia, South Carolina, United States


  1. ^ "Fight Path: How Monson, Johnson, Liborio brought Kelly Anundson to Bellator". March 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "'TUF 19' Recap: Episode 1". April 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bellator 115 results: Minakov vs. Kongo". Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Bellator 121 Results: Prindle vs. Thompson". Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "Bellator 122 Results: McDonough vs. Koreshkov". Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Bellator 124 results, recap: Emanuel Newton stops Joey Beltran, Liam McGeary and Ryan Couture victorious". September 13, 2014.

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