After a decorated career fighting in Asia Ham Seo-Hee had a rocky road making the transition to the UFC.
The pioneer of women’s MMA in South Korea is now making her way home.
ROAD FC has today announced the signing of Ham (17-8), adding to its growing roster of female athletes and bolstering the all-female ROAD FC XX league.
Ham made her professional MMA debut 10 years ago at Deep 28 Impact, against veteran Hisae Watanabe, who had just defeated fellow legend Shinashi Satoko to win the Deep atomweight championship. In a massive upset, Ham won the decision and announced herself as a new force in women’s MMA.
Over the next seven years, she fought almost exclusively in Japan, raking up an impressive record of 12-5, with wins over Mei Yamaguchi, Emi Fujino and Naho Sugiyama.
In fact, Ham has only been finished twice in 10 years, by the legendary Megumi Fujii and Invicta Atomweight champ Ayaka Hamasaki.
The atomweight finally got the chance to fight in front of hometown fans when she debuted in ROAD FC in 2014. She continued to fight under the ROAD banner, collecting back-to-back wins against Alyona Rassohyna and Shino VanHoose. She then went on to claim the Deep Jewels featherweight title from Saori Ishioka.
Ham was picked up by the UFC at the end of 2014 and made history as the first female fighter from South Korea in the promotion. She made her debut in one of the greatest strawweight fights of all time against Joanne Calderwood. Ham went 1-3 with the promotion.
“I traveled but I’m back to my home. I’m really glad I can come back,” she said via a press statement.
“I will work harder in ROAD FC than I have before. ROAD FC feels like my hometown.”
Ham said the offer from ROAD FC CEO Jung Mun-Hong was too good to turn down.
“I think he really appreciates the time I have spent as a fighter so far.”
Interestingly, Ham’s boyfriend Kim Chang-Hyun will compete in the ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament.