Jessa Khan is rapidly approaching her debut match in ONE Championship, and she is brimming with self-assurance as she prepares for the upcoming opportunity.
The wrestler of Cambodian and American descent will go up against Danielle Kelly for their second match at ONE Fight Night 14: Stamp vs. Ham on Friday, September 29. This rematch holds much greater significance as it will determine the first ever ONE Women’s Atomweight Submission Grappling World Championship.
Jessa Khan is aiming to defeat Danielle Kelly once more.
As the date of their match approaches, Khan dismisses any notion of feeling pressure as a promotional newcomer. She confidently states, “I have already defeated her once. So, the pressure is on her to prove herself, not me,” during a recent interview with ONE. The two first crossed paths in 2021, when Khan was a new black belt competitor and Kelly was gaining recognition in the professional circuit.
The fight between them lasted for 15 minutes, as per the allocated time, and Khan was declared the victor by decision. The talented fighter from The Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy believes her assertiveness gave her an advantage over her opponent during that match. “I couldn’t submit her, but I was in control of the fight. I attempted around 10 different submissions, which ultimately led to my victory. She was mostly focused on defending,” the 21-year-old reflected.
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Kelly has become a significant figure in ONE Championship’s efforts to promote submission grappling. She debuted at ONE X in March 2022 against experienced fighter Mei Yamaguchi, showcasing her fierce aggression. Despite the match ending in a draw, Kelly’s skills were undeniable. She solidified her talent by defeating Sambo World Champion Mariia Molchanova in her second fight at ONE on Prime Video 4 in November. In February, she further established herself as a rising star by defeating former MMA World Title challenger Ayaka Miura.
Khan is certain that they will replicate the success of their initial meeting.
Despite the progress made by her previous opponent, Khan remains focused on achieving her goal from 2021: finishing with a submission on September 29th.
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“My primary objective is to successfully secure a submission. During our fight, I found it frustrating that I was unable to do so. Despite having 15 minutes, I couldn’t manage to submit my opponent, despite numerous attempts,” she stated. “Therefore, I am determined to analyze and correct any mistakes I made in that match, so that I can achieve a submission. This has been weighing on me and I am eager to overcome it.”
Jessa Khan confidently declares her previous victory over Danielle Kelly in the upcoming grappling match, stating “I Already Beat Her Once.” The post can be found on EssentiallySports.