CHICAGO – Denise Kielholtz already was a successful kickboxer when she took home gold for Bellator Kickboxing in 2016. Now seven years later as a crossover combat sports athlete, Kielholz (8-5 MMA, 8-4 BMMA) reflected on her transition into mixed martial arts , thanks to a promotion which soon may no longer exist. “Exactly this weekend, six years ago, I fought my very first Bellator MMA fight,” Kielholtz told MMA Junkie and other reporters after her Bellator 301 win Friday at Wintrust Arena. “I was already the Bellator Kickboxing champ. Six years ago, I fought my first MMA fight and I won

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Bellator 301 winner Denise Kielholtz reflects on how MMA put her in ‘dark place’, then pulled her out – MMA Junkie

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