Mihaela Keller-Loss has worked diligently to improve her grappling and wrestling techniques since switching from sport karate to mixed martial arts (MMA) several years ago. But the Washougal resident’s greatest strength continues to be her striking ability, which she used to win more than 20 world championships during her two decades as a karate fighter.
“She has so much knowledge and skills (from) a lifetime of stand-up fighting that I am so excited for people to continue to see,” Taylor Loss, Keller-Loss’ husband and coach, said. “Skillswise, in my opinion, I would say there are not many stand-up women’s MMA fighters on the planet that you will see with this type of skill, power, and knowledge of striking.’”
Keller-Loss will put all of her talents on display in her second professional MMA fight, FC Fury 87, in Houston on Sunday, March 10, competing against Mia Grawe in the strawweight (115 pound) weight class.
“I’m feeling great,” Keller-Loss recently told The Post-Record. “My first (professional) experience didn’t go as I had hoped. I wasn’t able to come out of that fight with a win, so I feel like it just fueled the fire for this next one to go out there and really be able to showcase who I am as a fighter. I didn’t really get to do that in my first fight, so I’m really eager to get back in there. There’s an extra push to just dig even deeper to be able to showcase that.”
Keller-Loss was defeated by Nejra Repp via technical knockout in their flyweight (125 pounds) match at Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) 164 in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 4, 2023.