THIS IS MY STORY
Daniel Kelly is a 4x Judo Olympian, UFC Fighter, husband and a father. He is the only Judo competitor to have been selected to fight for Australia in four different Olympic games. He most recently competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the -100 kg event. Daniel made his professional MMA debut in July 2006. He remained out of competition for the next six and a half years due to judo commitments.
Daniel returned to the sport in December 2012. Over the next eight months, he improved his record to 5 wins with no losses. Kelly again returned to action in the Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) in May 2014, at AFC 9, defeating Ben Kelleher via second round submission. Kelly was twice slated to fight Steven Kennedy for the vacant AFC middleweight belt in 2013 at AFC 7 and 2014 at AFC 10, but was forced to withdraw due to The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia commitments in 2013 and due to injury in 2014.
In December 2013, he was selected as one of the fighters to represent Australia for the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia. He was defeated by eventual middleweight runner-up Sheldon Westcott via first round submission.
In his second bout for the promotion, Daniel faced Patrick Walsh on 14 February 2015 at UFC Fight Night 60. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Kelly was expected to face Ricardo Abreu on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193. However, Abreu pulled out of the fight in late September and was replaced by Steve Montgomery. Kelly won the fight by unanimous decision.
Daniel also represented Australia in Wrestling at the Commonwealth Games and was the coach of the 2016 Australian Olympic Judo Team and he is a 4th Dan Judo Black Belt and a BJJ Black belt. Currently, he owns and operates Resilience Training Centre in Footscray Melbourne with his wife Maria Pekli who is a 5 x Judo Olympian and Olympic Bronze medallist. www.resiliencetrainingcentre.com
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