Ana Julaton first made her name inside the boxing ring where she became the first woman WBO Super Bantamweight and IBA Superbantamweight Champion. The Hurricane as she was nicknamed won a world title after just 5 professional fights, being the quickest professional boxer to ever capture a world title when she won the IBA Super Bantamweight title.
In 2008 when the Beijing Olympics didn’t include boxing for women Ana was ranked #2 in the world as an amateur boxer, at this point she went pro originally training with Freddie Roach and then eventually Nonito Donaire Sr. the father of Nonito Donaire Jr.
As a professional in MMA Julaton had mixed results. Winning a fight in her One FC debut against Aya-Saeid Saber Ana got an opportunity to compete in the Philippines. With a 2-2 record for One FC Ana Julton signed to Bellator MMA where she lost two decisions, the last being female boxer Heather Hardy.
While there were plans for a Heather Hardy Vs. Ana Julton rematch inside of the boxing ring, it now appears that fans will no longer be given the chance at that bout. Ending her professional record at 14-4-1 in boxing and 2-4 in MMA Ana Julton will be remembered as a pioneering female combat sports.
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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