Rose Namajunas to Return to Action to Face Danielle Kelly on December 30th

Published 12/14/2021, 9:37 AM EST


It is not surprising to see UFC fighters participating in boxing or wrestling matches. Several notable names have experimented with other kinds of combat sports. Thus, an exciting grappling match will soon materialize this month. FURY Grappling has booked UFC women’s strawweight titleholder, Rose Namajunas to grapple against Danielle Kelly.

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The young promotion seems on the right track as several other great bouts will take place.

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Kelly took to Instagram to confirm this bout and was elated to share the news. The grappling star was excited to welcome Namajunas to her world.

Kelly shared their picture and wrote, “The rumors are true- I’m competing against 115lb ufc champion @rosenamajunas for @furygrappling on December 30th. Thankful for this opportunity to showcase women’s bjj! Welcome to my world.”

Their match will be a part of the main event and it surely is an honor for both the athletes to face each other. While Namajunas is a famous UFC champion, Kelly is a highly-skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappler.

Previously, she has also managed to defeat UFC fighters Roxanne Modafferi and Cynthia Calvillo. Thus, this is not the first time she will be facing a great MMA fighter.

Fans have seen how good ‘Thug’ is at mixed martial arts. However, this will be a great chance for fans to see her solely grapple.

Namajunas’ success at UFC comes from the fact that she has a well-rounded fighting style. This makes her an incredibly tough opponent to face in the octagon. But it would be interesting to see how she performs against an expert grappler like Kelly.

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What’s next for Rose Namajunas?

Namajunas’ future in MMA seems extremely bright. As the current strawweight champion, she rules over the division. So, she will surely be seen in many exciting UFC fights ahead.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – APRIL 22: Rose Namajunas poses for media during the UFC 261 press conference at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 22, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages

While the 12-4-0 record holder is a great striker, do you think Rose Namajunas will be able to win a match where striking isn’t allowed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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