ONE Championship: Edward Kelly aims to win more bouts by submission after getting jiu-jitsu blue belt

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 14, 2018 10:32 AM
Edward Kelly aims to get more submission wins
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Hard-hitting Filipino featherweight Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly is thrilled to finally receive a belt promotion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after years of studying the martial art.


Team Lakay’s resident knockout artist was recently promoted to blue belt by renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt John Baylon.


Known for monstrous power in his strikes, Kelly previously held the fastest knockout in ONE Championship's featherweight division with a 21-second finish of Cambodia’s Meas Meul at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES last January.


His dedication to improve his ground game also led Kelly to compete and win medals at the Asia Pacific Jiu-Jitsu International Open in Manila, Philippines last October.


"Getting a belt promotion is an achievement. I like to think that this is something I've earned through hard work and dedication to my journey of becoming a well-rounded martial artist," Kelly stated.


"I feel like a more well-rounded athlete after my belt got upgraded. This adds more confidence, especially when it comes to my ground game.”


It has been a routine for Team Lakay members to travel from their hometown of Baguio City, Benguet to Pasay City, Metro Manila to sharpen their grappling skill set at the Academia John Baylon.


Kelly is grateful to be mentored by a two-time Olympian such as Baylon in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, striving to become a more well-rounded athlete in mixed martial arts.


"Jiu-jitsu taught me to grind harder. It is a lot of hard work. Having John Baylon as my coach is a blessing because we all look up to him," he shared.


"Imagine at 53 years old, Professor John is still fit and none of us are capable of submitting him. He knows his craft really well, and is very patient and detailed when providing instructions.”


With a blue belt wrapped around his waist, Kelly plans to showcase his improvement on the ground in his upcoming bouts.


"My improved ground game could mean that I'll probably start winning matches by submission,” he said. “People has to wait and see.”


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