Celine Haga

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Celine Haga

Norwegian mixed martial artist, Celine Haga is the epitome of heart and a true Fighter on the Rise. Celine began her professional MMA career in 2009, fighting on under the Jewels banner just after her first amatuer victory. Beginning her career in the 125lb division, Celine had a pretty rocky start, but had no intentions on giving up. After changing weight classes from 125, to 115 and suffering a few losses, Celine finally found her home at 105lbs in 2012. At atomweight, Celine went on to win 5 of her last 6 fights including a victory over Jewels champion (and #2 ranked atomweight at the time), Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama. Celine currently trains under the Jackson/Winklejon gym in New Mexico and is only getting better. Her goals for the immediate future are to collect some more victories at Atomweight and hopefully get a shot at Invicta FC as she advances in her career.


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Early Life: 


Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)  

I was  born  in South  Korea, adopted  to Norway when I was a few weeks old. I grew up in a small town, two hours southwest from Oslo. I was even more introverted then, than now. I did have a lot of problems during my childhood, so I spent some time living in different institutions too.  I had a few friends, but I kind of liked being alone most of the time. 


Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school? 

No, I was very inactive. I failed all my P.E. classes. I tried to do soccer, but I was not very athletic, so I was just a bench warmer for one year. 


What is your favorite child-hood memory? 

No idea.

I just wanted to get grown up so I could eat ice cream whenever I wanted too. So, yay for being grown up!


Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts? 

I used to be into the whole hip-hop thing.  So my biggest dream was to be a RAPPER. I did spend a lot of money buying spray cans and did some graffiti pieces. I even made a few rap songs too (lol). I mostly walked around in oversized hip-hop clothes and thought I was super, "Yo". 


Getting involved in MMA: 


How did you get involved? 

Coincidence… I started to lift weights because I failed getting into the army (first person ever that didn't even manage to do one sit up.. when I tried to do a push up i tore some of my chest muscle)… So I failed all their physical tests.. For my own health I had to  to train.  I got into power lifting, but got bored by doing it. My ex-boyfriend showed me a kimura one day and as competitive as I am, I wanted to get better than him. I started to take private lessons in grappling behind his back so I could get a better understanding of what this Jitsu thing was. I fell in love with the sport and been in love with it since. 


What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)? 

Grappling…  Then after a few months grappling at a Jiu Jitsu school, I started to train in a small basement-like place with former dream/shooto champ,  Joachim Hansen and 5-6 other guys. I kept training with them for the next few years. 


At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time? 

First day I went to an MMA gym. I'm an all or nothing person.


When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what went through your mind? How did your first fight turn out?

My first fight was in a ring in Japan. I was just thinking the same as I still do now, "omfg I can't believe I'm doing this!" 


What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?

Listen to your body.. Train smart

Be humble, never underestimate  your opponents 

Never underestimate  yourself




What gym are you currently fighting out of? 

Jackson/Winkle John MMA


What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight? 

Ammy1-0 (125lbs) pro 6-12. My first fights were 125, then I did a lot  of 115lb. fights. The last last three years, I've been fighting at 105/110lbs)


Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why? 

No I don't.


If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why? 

Judo… I'm fascinated  by throws. One of my teammates is really good at it and I'm just really fascinated!


What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter? 

My first win as pro vs Miks Nagano. I was a big underdog! I beat her in stand up and on the ground, it was the best feeling ever!


If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be? 

Don't rush. I started to do pro fights way too fast with no experience. After 1-2 years total of martial arts training, I started to fight. I was learning by doing things the hard way.


Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you? 

My real friends, teammates and coaches who believed in me even when I was on my worst losing streak. They know who they are.






What are your goals for the future in the sport? 

Get into Invicta FC first.


What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?

Too many cheaters  and posers. I don't like it, but i dont care. I'm doing this for myself! 


Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? 

No idea. Can't even guess where I'll be 6 months from now…




Fun Facts: 


Favorite Food/Dish:  

Sashimi,  bbq,  ice cream 


Favorite type of Music:  

ug /90s hiphop


Favorite Movie:

Fight Club, Into the Wild,  Requiem for a Dream 


Favorite TV Show:

Louie (Louis CK) 


Favorite Quote:

"we spend money  on things we don't need, with money we don't have to impress people we don't  like"  "everything gonna be okay in the end, if it's not okay then it's not the end" 


Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:

No kids..  Hopefully one day.


Best day of your life:

 My first win as a pro. 


Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

I'm more nervous when I play a big pot in poker than before fights.


Favorite Hobbies:

Poker, chess, and watching movies 


Who is your favorite super hero and why?  

Superman.  Because he can fly and is strong and not from this earth. 





Twitter: @celinehaga 


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