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‘Jiu-Jitsu Is Better’ – Danielle Kelly Predicts Fast Finish Of Sambo World Champion Mariia Molchanova

Danielle Kelly makes the walk to the Circle at ONE X: Part I

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Danielle Kelly makes the stroll to the Circle at ONE X: Half I

Danielle Kelly plans to make fast work of Mariia Molchanova at ONE on Prime Video 4 whereas scoring one other level for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over sambo within the battle for submission grappling supremacy.

After Rodrigo Marello submitted Ruslan Bagdasarian in September at ONE 161 and Kade Ruotolo tapped Uali Kurzhev at ONE on Prime Video 3 in October, BJJ leads the rivalry 2-0. 

And on November 18, jiu-jitsu black belt Kelly will look to make it 3-0 when she takes on Sambo World Champion Molchanova reside in North American primetime.

In contrast to the elite BJJ gamers Kelly sometimes faces, the sambo stylist will convey a novel set of expertise developed over years of coaching and competing on the highest ranges of the Russian martial artwork.

Regardless of the unusual challenges Molchanova will current, the Philadelphia-bred grappler is brimming with confidence – particularly as a result of it received’t be her first time dealing with a sambo specialist.

Kelly instructed

“I competed in sambo. I educated it slightly bit at one level, however I competed in a sambo event. The primary one I believe was proper after highschool or throughout highschool. I received, and I took first place in each tournaments that yr and the yr after.”

In fact, sambo is completely different from submission grappling in a number of key methods. In sambo, fighters put on wrestling footwear and a gi prime, whereas factors are scored for components like takedowns.

Below the ONE Submission Grappling Global Rule Set, opponents are barefoot and in no-gi apparel, whereas judges solely rating aggression and bonafide submission threats.

Drawing from her expertise competing in each sambo and submission grappling, Kelly believes ONE’s rule set favors the jiu-jitsu athlete – and she or he’s additionally satisfied that BJJ is the stronger self-discipline.

The 26-year-old mentioned:

“For this match, she’s not going to have the gi, so I believe it’ll be in my favor. However I believe the rule set, too, is that they’re very aggressive with takedowns, so I believe they’re very favored in that side of the match. 

‘Yeah, I’ve some expertise, so when persons are like, ‘Oh, you must do sambo, compete in that sport, too,’ and it’s like, ‘Yeah, I did, however I received, too, so what now?’ However yeah, it’s nice, however jiu-jitsu is best.”

Kelly Plans To Faucet Molchanova In Below Two Minutes

Naturally, Kelly has scouted her opponent.

She applauds the Russian for her sheer aggression, recognizing the Sambo World Champion’s quick begins and submission-hunting mindset.

The American mentioned:

“I believe she’s actually good at charging for submissions. From the matches I’ve seen, she simply goes proper to it. She doesn’t give the opposite lady an opportunity to actually defend herself, particularly her armbars.”

By no means one to mince phrases, although, Kelly’s reward for Molcanova stops there.

In truth, she believes the Russian lacks refined submission methods, making it comparatively easy to flee from an try:

“If she tries to offer me an armbar, I’ve a solution for that, and I don’t suppose her end mechanics are that nice.”

In line with Kelly, the ultra-aggressive, grip-it-and-rip-it method that carried Molchanova to the highest of the sambo world merely received’t reduce it in opposition to BJJ specialists like herself.

She mentioned: 

“I believe for her artwork, she’s in all probability simply good at ripping stuff. However she doesn’t actually have the mechanics – the ending mechanics – to actually know the way to actually work a submission. Watching her attempt to do armbars, she simply pulls on the arm. It appears tight, however, you understand, in case you go in opposition to somebody that is aware of what they’re doing, they’re utilizing completely different particulars on an armbar and ending the suitable approach.”

It’s clear that Kelly is unfazed by her matchup on November 18.

And whereas she’s coaching onerous every day for this showdown with Molchanova, the American is anticipating a straightforward night time and one other victory for BJJ over sambo.

She added:

“I’m going to say underneath two minutes. I’m simply giving her an additional minute to be good. Hopefully, she engages with me so it doesn’t drag out.” 




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