ONE Championship: Danielle Kelly believes ‘Jiujitsu is taking the right turn’ as Joe Rogan sponsors ADCC World Championship

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Danielle Kelly wants to pave the way for women’s sport, mainly women’s grappling. JRE podcast host and renowned name in the MMA space, Joe Rogan, inspired the 26-year-old to do just that with his recent announcement as the former Fear Factor host linked up for the World Championship ADCC.

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Veteran MMA analyst considers Gordon Ryan ‘the greatest Jiujitsu player’ in the world. Therefore, it sponsors the entire ADCC World Jiujitsu Practitioner Championship. Additionally, Rogan’s JRE Podcast is an ADCC World Championship sponsor.

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In an exclusive interview with EssentiallySports’ Arunaditya Aima, Jiujitsu prodigy Danielle Kelly explained how imperative the involvement of the number one podcast host will be for the sport of grappling.

The 26-year-old said: “It’s definitely motivating.” She also said grappling has a long way to go to reach sports like boxing and MMA.

“But it’s very motivating that someone with such a big name is like, you know, has a lot of credentials, and is sponsoring the number one grappler in the world.”

Kelly explained how Rogan’s role could impact Jiujitsu. She says, “You know, it shows that jiujitsu is also taking the right turn for sponsorships in the future.”

Taking inspiration from the former Fear Factor host, she concluded, “I hope to be in that position. Hopefully, very soon. Especially opening the doors for women’s sport, especially for sponsors. So, I would like to be the first to do that, to be the first name.

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Even a well-respected MMA personality, Joe Rogan, admired the high level competition in ONE Championship. Rogan mentioned how multi-time world champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson struggled inside ONE Circle.

PASADENA, CA – FEBRUARY 01: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at the Ice House Comedy Club on February 1, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

Roger said, “You [ONE Championship athletes] show the whole world, like, ‘hey, these guys [from other promotions] who come here who are world class fighters, they fight world class fighters [in one championship].’”

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What do you think of Danielle Kelly, aiming to help women’s Jiujitsu? Share your opinion in the comments section.

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