Haga, who fights out of Noway, fought Sadee Numata at Deep – Jewels 1 at the end of last month, and she suffered a broken orbital bone in the first round.
Despite the injury, she continued to fight and went the distance in what would be a loss via split decision.
"She couldn't go back to Norway after because of the air pressure, so she had to do the surgery in Tokyo, and do some graft of a hipbone. It didn't go very well. Stayed in hospital for 2 weeks," MMA fighter Roxanne Modafferi said of the situation.
Modafferi said Haga is still seeing double, even weeks after the week. To make matters worse, she's stuck with a $15,000 insurance bill.
Apparently, insurance in Norway doesn't cover injuries related to martial arts.
"I broke my orbital bone in my last fight.I could not go back to Norway after because of the air pressure ...so i had to do the surgery at Jikei hospital in Tokyo. I had to remove hipbone into my eye..and stayed in hospital for 2 weeks.
It costed ca 90 000 nok or 15 000 usd.. No insurance in Norway cover any injuries related to martial art," Haga wrote.
"The fight was almost cancelled as my opponent didn't make weight, however I wanted to show some bushido spirit and take the fight anyway..in my advantage i was told that my opponent would get two yellow cards. I broke my eyebone first round..which I believe i won..and I kept on fighting the second round too..until the fight was over.
I lost on split decision. However, I was later told that my opponent was not deducted any points , so after all the two yellow cards didn't really give me any advantage at all."
Now, without insurance, the fighter is left with a $15,000 bill since injuries related to martial arts are not covered by Norway insurance.
So far she has raised $3,000 to cover costs. However, she's still on the hook for at least $12,000 more. Fight fans who wish to lend a helping hand may do so by following this link.