Jessa Khan feels no pressure against Danielle Kelly: “I already beat her once”

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Jessa Khan (Left) and Danielle Kelly (Right)

Jessa Khan is calm and collected heading into her upcoming high-stakes submission grappling match against Danielle Kelly.

On September 29, Khan will make her ONE Championship debut in a potentially life-changing opportunity. The Cambodian-American has been matched up against Kelly for the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight submission grappling world title.

There will be added stakes at ONE Fight Night 14, as Khan holds a win against Kelly from a February 2021 match at a WNO spectacle.

During an interview with ONE Championship, Khan had this to say about her upcoming world title match:

Anywhere I go, I'm down to fight. Besides, it helps me to know that I already beat her once. So, you know, it's more her that needs to prove herself, not me.”

Jessa Khan may not be a household name yet, but she’s on track to become one of the biggest superstars in submission grappling.

Earlier this year, Khan earned a gold medal at the 2023 IBJJF World Championships at the age of 21. She now looks to further her status as a world-class grappler by claiming ONE gold on Friday, September 29.

Meanwhile, Danielle Kelly has become the face of the ONE women’s submission grappling divisions. The 27-year-old has bested the likes of Mariia Molchanova and Ayaka Miura while bagging a pair of US$50,000 performance bonuses.

Kelly has manifested the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight into existence, leading to the massive opportunity at ONE Fight Night 14.

Danielle Kelly vs. Jessa Khan is one of three women’s world title fights taking place inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium on September 29. The entire ONE Fight Night 14 event can be seen live and for free by North American viewers with an active Amazon Prime Video subscription.

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Edited by Vishrut Buch