Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 07:46
Written by Charles Jewett
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
One of the more interesting stories in MMA right now, is the career turnaround of Celine Haga. In her first 12 fights she went 1-11. The sole victory came over Jewels star Mika Nagano, however a rematch was fought and Nagano emerged the victor. At this point, many people stopped taking her seriously. Well now that Celine has won 3 in a row, people have started to take notice. What really caught people’s attention was when Celine defeated Naho Sugiyama this March. At that point, Naho had only lost one fight, to Invicta Champion Jessica Penne, and was thought to be one of the best fighters in Japan. Most people didn’t give Celine a chance, thinking that Jewels was giving Sugiyama an easy fight. Celine proved them wrong be winning the fight and the event’s MVP prize.
This month, Celine looks to build on her streak. She will be facing off against Japanese veteran Masako Yoshida for Road FC on the 22nd. Yoshida hasn’t fought under MMA rules in over 3 years, but did recently compete at the last Jewels show under grappling rules. Her opponent was Emi Tomimatsu. Emi dominated the match and almost finished Yoshida several times. This is significant because Emi is one of Celine’s training partners. Celine, while from Norway, has formed a training regime in Japan that involves some of the best fighters in the country. She splits her time training at AACC (Megumi Fujii, Ayaka Hamasaki, Hitomi Akano), GroundSlam (Roxanne Modafferi, Kikuyo Ishikawa), Bungeling Bay (Miku Hayashi) and with other fighters such as Emi Tomimatsu. It is safe to say that for the first time in her career, Celine is the obvious favorite going into the match. That is not to say that Masako Yoshida is some pushover. Yoshida has fought over 30 fights and has faced off against some of the best the sport has to offer. She brings a ton of experience into the fight.
When asked for comment, Celine had this to say:
I’m excited to fight in Korea, Being signed to Road FC is not the final..its like entering a marathon..first you have to go through the hard training, then you have to reach the finish line..but I’m ready to give it all a 100%! For each loss -I’ve grown as a fighter, developed more skills..and for each win- I’ve gained more confidence and self-esteem.. and I believe it is the perfect combination to have at this point! ganbaru
ROAD FC 012, 22nd June, 2013, Chi-ak stadium, Won-ju, Korea