Bellator Kickboxing champ Denise Kielholtz has ‘secret weapon’ to add MMA belt

BOISE, Idaho – Denise Kielholtz is already a Bellator Kickboxing champion, but the plan going forward is to add one of the promotion’s MMA titles around her waist, as well.

Kielholtz (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) may be a stand-up specialist, but she said her judo background makes the ground game her “secret weapon.” The well-roundedness in her game is overlooked by most in her opinion, but that only makes her more confident as she attempts to surge toward another belt.

“It’s not like I quit from kickboxing because I still have my world title from Bellator for kickboxing,” Kielholtz told MMAjunkie. “For now I just have new focus and new goal and that’s the MMA title. Now I concentrate on this goal and I can’t say I stopped with kickboxing and my title is anywhere. It’s still here.”

Although Kielholtz is confident in her ground game, she knows the striking is ultimately her bread and butter. She dares anyone, including her Bellator 205 opponent Veta Arteaga (4-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA), to challenge that theory.

“I know that my stand-up game there’s nobody in this division that’s better in stand-up game that I am,” Kielholtz said. “That’s all that matters. If she thinks she can go with me stand-up, if she can go on the ground, also no problem. My stand-up game for sure is the best.”

Bellator 205 takes place at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. Kielholtz vs. Arteaga opens the Paramount-televised main card following prelims on MMAjunkie.

If Kielholtz wins, she would be on a three-fight winning streak in the Bellator women’s flyweight division. The belt is currently held by Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (8-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA), who Kielholtz said she’s capable of beating at any time.

“It all depends on Bellator. If they think I’m ready for the title shot, I am ready. If they think after this win for me, another opponent in this division is also good for me.”

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