Monthly Archives: August 2011

Dave “The Iron Giant” Keeley

My good friend Dave Keeley was promoted to blue belt in BJJ at the weekend and I just thought I would post this profile of him as he is surely going to break it big time in the next year.


  • Height:  6’10”
  • Weight:                260 lbs
  • Team:  Gracie Barra Sheffield
  • Management:  Suckerpunch Entertainment
  • Titles: Strike and Submit Heavyweight Champion, Yorkshire White Collar Boxing Champion


Standing at nearly seven feet tall and fighting in the premier division of combat sport, heavyweight, Dave is undisputedly one of the most recognisable and fastest rising fighters in the UK and European MMA scene.  Couple that with the fact that he has begun a successful foray into the massively untapped and hungry MMA scene in Asia and you have an exciting prospect just waiting to explode onto the big stage.

Dave has already been picked to fight for his country as the heavyweight fighter on the M1 global team at an event in Holland shown worldwide and on Bravo (part of the Virgin TV group) in the UK.

Even at this early stage in his career he has begun to fight a who’s who of both UK and worldwide talent.  He suffered a controversial defeat to UFC veteran Neil Wain who after the fight was unable to take his shot against Hall Of Fame fighter Jeff “The Snowman” Monson.  Dave stepped up to the plate at very short notice and took the Monson fight shown on Sky TV.  Dave did considerable damage to Monson cutting him badly and only fell to a choke which has been named after Monson himself who is a legendary and decorated grappler.

Primarily known for his excellent striking utilising his huge reach the defeat to Monson only made Dave redouble his grappling training at the world class GB Sheffield where he often trains with world champion blackbelts and which is run by John Goldson himself a blackbelt and respected BJJ trainer.

Dave’s wide appeal has been shown with his fights for Cage warriors in both London and Jordan which were shown in the UK on Sky TV and worldwide to an audience in 42 countries.  Couple this with his victory by an arm snapping arm bar in the KF-1 tournament in Korea shows across Asia and you have a fighter who is building into a global attraction.

This will only grow with his return to the KF-1 tournament in October where he fights in the next round of this event run by the South Korean government who see MMA as the next big thing.

In November the Iron Giant goes to China for M1 global again and this is promises to be a massive show shown worldwide and a win guarantees him another M1 fight.

All of this is very impressive and coupled with the fights on Total Combat and Strike and Submit cards as well as being the Strike and Submit Heavyweight Champion and Yorkshire Heavyweight White Collar boxing champion and you have a fighter early in his career who has already made giant strides.

Dave is available for sponsorship and provides an excellent opportunity to anyone looking to see their name on not only a UK wide but a global stage. coming soon






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