ONE Championship: Danielle Kelly Believes ‘Jiujitsu Is Taking the Right Turn’ Amidst News of Joe Rogan Sponsoring ADCC World Championship

Published 04/18/2022, 2:53 PM EDT

Danielle Kelly wants to pave the way for the women’s sport, chiefly women’s grappling. The JRE podcast host and a renowned name in the MMA space, Joe Rogan, inspired the 26-year-old to do so with his recent announcement as the former Fear Factor host joined hands with the ADCC World Championship.

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The veteran MMA analyst considers Gordon Ryan ‘the greatest Jiujitsu player’ in the world. Therefore, he is sponsoring the Jiujitsu practitioner’s whole ADCC World Championship. In addition, Rogan‘s JRE podcast is a sponsor for the ADCC World Championship.

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

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

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

Kelly spoke about how impactful Rogan’s role could be on Jiujitsu. She said, “You know, it’s showing that jiujitsu is taking the right turn as well 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 just paving the doors for women’s sports, especially for sponsors. So, I would love to be the first to do that, be the first name.”

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Even a vastly 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 had a tough 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)

Rogan said, “You [ONE Championship athletes] are showing the whole world, like, ‘hey, these guys [from other promotions] that are coming over here that are world-class fighters, they are fighting world-class fighters [in one championship].’”

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

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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