Danielle Kelly and Mei Yamaguchi engaged in a twelve-minute grappling match at ONE X. The match went the distance and officially ended in a draw. However, at the end of this exciting match, Kelly was awarded $50K.
When Danielle Kelly heard she had been awarded a prize of fifty thousand dollars, she immediately burst into tears.
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In an exclusive post-fight interview with Sportskeeda MMAshe speaks:
“I’m practicing jiu-jitsu right now so I don’t expect that! Usually that’s expected in MMA for a great performance. No, I don’t expect that. I just look forward to coming here and doing this. Do your thing and have fun with it.”
After evaluating her own performance, Kelly have this to say:
“When she put me up against the cage, she was trying to stop me from creating space, when you were under tight protection. She kept my head in the cage so I wouldn’t move my hips, held the position. first time, got the armbar, was spinning it, i’m surprised she didn’t click on that when i watched her and Angela’s match, she didn’t want to press to hit the armbar, i saw that’s fine. She has very good posture, really strong. Needs to work on my finishing mechanism.”
Danielle Kelly and Mei Yamaguchi play with a draw
After twelve minutes of uninterrupted struggle, the two boxers came to a decision. In a submission grappling, if the fight does not end in a submission, the game is declared a draw.
Despite many efforts from Kelly, an impressive defensive tactical display by Mei Yamaguchi sent the game all the way, ending in a draw.
Throughout match, the Americans tried to prop up their knees and keep their toes. However, Yamaguchi’s long experience allows her to successfully defend any submission attempt.
Although the match ended in a draw, Kelly’s performance was nothing short of impressive. The 26-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom hopes to return to the ring soon in hopes of scoring a victory in her next outing.