Former world champion Ana Julaton retires from combat sports

Santino Honasan on Mar 22, 2018 03:36 PM
Former world champion Ana Julaton retires from combat sports
Former boxing world champion Ana Julaton has announced her retirement from fighting. (FILE PHOTO)

After eleven years in the fight game, former world champion boxer and mixed-martial artist Ana 'The Hurricane' Julaton has announced her retirement. 

In an emotional post on her Instagram account Thursday, the Filipino-American Julaton broke the news and thanked a number of people that she had worked with along the way. 

 

Earlier today, I spoke to my long time promoter/advisor Mr. Allan Tremblay who has been a father, a friend and mentor throughout my entire professional sports journey. I told him it was time for me to move on from fighting. After that very deep and emotional conversation, I spoke to Mr. Scott Coker next and thanked him for allowing me to be a part of @BellatorMMA. I'd like to thank Mr. @LouDibella and his Team @DibellaEnt for all their efforts to putting together a boxing match for me. I'd like to thank @HeatherTheHeat for sharing the cage with me and I wish her all the very best in her combat sports career both boxing and MMA. As a competitor inside the ring and cage, I'm confident in leaving combat sports fully knowing there are so many wonderful, passionate and hardworking women continuing to carry the torch as a guiding light for the bright future of our arena. For all who have been positive and continue to create a stage for all my sisters in the arts, all the organizations I have fought for...Thank you. I consider myself fortunate to have had my Orion Sports Management family giving me the global stage and opportunities I received to compete at the highest level of Boxing and MMA. So many memories flash through my mind as I write this. Moving forward to my next journey, I am officially retiring from professional fighting. Thank you everyone. I'm truly humbled and deeply honored for you all allowing me into your lives and hearts. I'm forever grateful. Sincerely, Ana "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." - Steve Jobs

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"Earlier today, I spoke to my long time promoter/advisor Mr. Allan Tremblay who has been a father, a friend and mentor throughout my entire professional sports journey. I told him it was time for me to move on from fighting." Julaton's post read. "As a competitor inside the ring and cage, I'm confident in leaving combat sports fully knowing there are so many wonderful, passionate and hardworking women continuing to carry the torch as a guiding light for the bright future of our arena."

Julaton, 37, began her boxing career in 2007, eventually capturing the WBO and IBA Super Bantamweight world championship. 

After 18 fights and a 13-4-1 record in boxing, Julaton made the transition to MMA back in 2014, making her in-cage debut with Asian MMA promotion ONE Championship. Julaton went 2-2 under the ONE banner before returning to boxing one last time in 2015. 

In 2017, Julaton signed with North American MMA promotion Bellator, where she lost her final two fights. 

Julaton ends her career with a 14-4-1 record in boxing with two knockouts, and a 2-4 record in MMA, with one TKO. 

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