Discover the journey of Nate Kelly, from a trash-talking kid to a rising star in the world of mixed martial arts. Read about his victories, his training at Conor McGregor’s gym, and how his infamous trash-talking incident with Jose Aldo shaped his career.
| Nate Kelly, the former trash-talking kid, has now become a rising star in MMA.
| At 19 years old, he holds an amateur MMA record of 2-2 and is a kickboxing champion.
| Kelly recently made a successful PFL debut with a second-round submission win.
| He trains at Conor McGregor’s gym, SBG Ireland, and is ranked 169th among UK/Ireland flyweights.
| Despite the consequences, Kelly has no regrets about trash-talking Jose Aldo.
| He believes it played a significant role in his popularity and career.
| Kelly is now focused on showing that he can talk and fight in the ring.
The Journey of Nate Kelly
Mixed martial arts fans may remember the fiery kid, Nate Kelly, who made headlines for trash-talking Jose Aldo during a press conference in 2015. Now, all grown up, Kelly has chosen to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Conor McGregor, and pursue a career in MMA.
At just 19 years old, Kelly already holds an amateur MMA record of 2-2 and is a European and World kickboxing champion. Despite a loss in his debut fight, he bounced back with a unanimous decision win in July. However, it was his recent victory in the Professional Fighters League (PFL) that has truly elevated his status.
Training at Conor McGregor’s home gym, SBG Ireland, Kelly is ranked 169th out of 278 active UK/Ireland flyweights. Despite the early fame he gained from trash-talking Aldo, Kelly has no regrets and believes it played a significant role in his popularity in combat sports.
In an interview with All Out Fighting, Kelly expressed his delight in the consequences of his actions: "Looking back at it now, it has obviously put me in the position that I’m in today. And I feel like I’m at the stage now where I can show both go hand in hand… I can talk in front of lots of people, but I can also go out there and fight."