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Comeback of the year:
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Celine Haga (Career)
This is one of the biggest success stories in the sport. Celine Haga began her career 1-11. Yes, you read that right 1 win and 11 loses spanning from May 2009 until September 2012. She won twice in 2012, and really cemented her comeback with an upset victory of top Japanese fighter and former Jewels Atomweight Champion, and Invicta Atomweight title challenger, Naho Sugiyama... as well as a 1st round rear naked choke victory over 30+ fight veteran Masako Yoshida. She lost her DEEP JEWELS atomweight #1 contender fight to Sadae Numata, who came in overweights, in a back and forth, spirited split decision.
Down two rounds on most peoples score cards (and arguably a 10-8 in round 3), Michelle Waterson pulled off the comeback and shocking armbar submission in round 4 only after narrowly escaping Penne's own, what looked to be, a fight ending armbar.
Tessa Simpson (Career)
This isn't quite a comeback, but after starting her career of with a 2-1 record, Simpson took a 4 year hiatus, "came back" this September taking a dominant unanimous decision victory over undefeated prospect Paulina Granados on AXS TV for Legacy Fighting Championships 23.
Talita Nogueira (Career)
Returning to MMA after a 3 year break to focus on BJJ (she became a world champion at the highest levels), Talita caught many people's eyes and is already ranked in many publications top 10 featherweights.
Seo Hee Ham (Career)
Oh, what a year it has been for the diminutive striker from Busan, South Korea. She experienced one of, if not, the worst things an athlete could suffer. Injury. She was on her way to having an amazing 2011, and was about to top off the year with a Jewels title fight against Ayaka Hamasaki in December. Unfortunately, a back injury forced her to withdraw during the fight, and the healing process began. But as it happened, more bad luck for SHH. During her recovery in 2012, she was involved in a car accident that caused her to be hospitalized. She would not return to MMA until April 2013.
She picked up a tune up victory over Ryo Mizunami, then took the Atomweight strap from Naho Sugiyama, and successfully defended it against Sadae Numata in November.
Heading into the 3rd round two judges had Miesha up two rounds, Zingano was already turning it up near the end of the 2nd round, but came out possessed in round 3, eventually scoring a vicious TKO that would make the strongest of Muay Thai fighters cringe, utilizing a plethora of knees and one final elbow.
Aisling Daly (Career)
After a disastrous 2012 that saw Aisling go 0-3... she returned exactly one year after her last defeat, and showed a great desire to win, getting veteran Karla Benitez to tap out to a 2nd round armbar. A great way to end 2013, and more to come in 2014.