Roxanne Modafferi

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Roxanne Modafferi
Born(1982-09-24) September 24, 1982 (age 32)
Wilmington, Delaware, United States[1]
Other namesThe Happy Warrior, Roxy
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 34 in)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division

Bantamweight[2]

Flyweight
Reach67.5 inches (1.71 m)[3]
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada
TeamSyndicate MMA
Rank

     Brown belt in Judo

     Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2003-Present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total27
Wins16
By knockout1
By submission4
By decision11
Losses11
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision7
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Roxanne Modafferi
Born(1982-09-24) September 24, 1982 (age 32)
Wilmington, Delaware, United States[1]
Other namesThe Happy Warrior, Roxy
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 34 in)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division

Bantamweight[2]

Flyweight
Reach67.5 inches (1.71 m)[3]
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada
TeamSyndicate MMA
Rank

     Brown belt in Judo

     Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2003-Present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total27
Wins16
By knockout1
By submission4
By decision11
Losses11
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision7
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Roxanne Modafferi (born September 24, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist.

Biography[edit]

Modafferi's training began in taekwondo as a teenager in Pennsylvania, moving on to Mark Lawler's Kenpō Karate two years later. She then began attending the Dalton Judo Club in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Her description of that experience was: "I thought I was all cool doing Karate, like the movie stars, but then in Judo I learned what it was like to fly." She trained for three years to gain a brown belt in the style, and then graduated from high school. Before leaving home to study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a fellow brown belt brought Modafferi to a Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu association in Adams, Massachusetts, where she trained intensively for three months.

Modafferi majored in Japanese Language and Literature with a minor in Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts. While at college, she found the Amherst Athletic club, where New England Submission Fighting is based. In addition, she trained at another Royce Gracie association in Hartford, Connecticut, for about a year (necessitating a weekly two hour round trip), also investigating Jeremy Libiszewski's School of Self-Defence in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. During summer vacations in Boston, she trained at Joao Amaral's New England BJJ club, now associated with Brazilian Top Team. Modafferi says, "Those guys are tough as concrete is hard, and beat my weaknesses out of me when they found them." To work on her striking, she also attended the Sityodtong Muay Thai Academy's North American branch in Somerville, Massachusetts, run by Kru Mark DellaGrotte.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

International career[edit]

Modafferi spent September 2003 to June 2004, her junior year, in Tokyo, Japan. This enabled her to compete in a number of NHB and BJJ competitions. She achieved a 3-0 mixed martial arts record in the Smackgirl promotion and defeated Jennifer Howe (who, at that time, was considered to be the best female fighter in the United States, if not the world) in HOOKnSHOOT.

In Japan, she trained at the Cross Point club in Kichijouji, which taught both Muay Thai and BJJ. She hopes to one day write a book about her experiences during that time, having already contributed several articles on the topic.[citation needed] After graduating in May 2005, she secured a position with Berlitz, teaching English in Japan and arriving for the second time in July 2005.

Modafferi earned a win by split decision against Cassandra Rivers-Blasso at Fatal Femmes Fighting on February 2, 2007. She became K-GRACE Women's Open-Weight Tournament Champion on May 27, 2007 by defeating Hee Jin Lee, Megumi Yabushita and Marloes Coenen.[5]

Roxanne defended her FFF title against Vanessa Porto at FFF 4 - Call of the Wild on April 3, 2008. She won the fight by TKO in the third round.[6]

She signed a contract with the American Fight League[7] and was scheduled to face Tara LaRosa at the AFL's November event,[8] but fought instead at the debut Valkyrie event in Japan after the AFL's plans stalled.

Strikeforce[edit]

Modafferi moved up a weight class and made her long-awaited Strikeforce debut in a rematch with Marloes Coenen on November 7, 2009 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers,[9] but lost the fight by armbar in the first round.[10]

Independent promotions[edit]

On January 30, 2010, Modafferi submitted Molly Helsel in the second round at King of the Cage: Toryumon in Okinawa, Japan.[11]

Modafferi rematched Tara LaRosa at Moosin: God of Martial Arts on May 21, 2010. Strikeforce provided official permission for Modafferi to compete on the card.[12] Modafferi won the fight by Split Decision.[13]

Strikeforce return[edit]

Modafferi returned to Strikeforce to challenge Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe on July 23, 2010.[14] She lost the fight via knockout due to a slam in the third round.[15]

Modafferi was released by Strikeforce on November 12, 2010 after losing both her fights with the promotion.[16] She was scheduled to face Hitomi Akano at World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight on December 30, 2010,[17] but the fight was cancelled after Modafferi suffered a stomach illness and was unable to compete.[18][19]

International return[edit]

Modafferi faced Rosi Sexton at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 40 on February 26, 2011. The fight was Modafferi's debut at 125 pounds.[20] She was defeated by Unanimous Decision.[21]

Modafferi then faced Hitomi Akano in a bout rescheduled for Jewels 15th Ring on July 9, 2011.[22] She was defeated by Unanimous Decision.[23]

Modafferi was scheduled to face Aisling Daly at BlackEye Promotions 5 on October 1, 2011 in Fletcher, North Carolina.[24] However, Daly was forced to withdraw from the card and Modafferi faced Barb Honchak instead.[25] She was defeated by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the third round.[26]

On February 10, 2012, it was announced that Modafferi would face Takayo Hashi at Jewels 18th Ring on March 3 in Tokyo.[27] She was defeated by unanimous decision.[28]

Modafferi was set to face Shizuka Sugiyama at Jewels 22nd Ring on December 15, 2012.[29] However, she suffered a neck injury in training and withdrew from the fight on December 13.[30]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In August 2013, it was announced that Modafferi was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate.[31] In the elimination fight to get into the TUF house, Modafferi faced Valerie Letourneau and won via a rear-naked choke submission in the first round. She later lost her first tournament fight to Jessica Rakoczy.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In November 2013, it was announced that Modafferi would make her official UFC debut against fellow TUF 18 alumni Raquel Pennington on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.[32] She lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Invicta FC[edit]

Modafferi met Tara La Rosa for the third time at Invicta FC 8 on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. The event was the first Invicta event to air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. Modafferi won the fight via unanimous decision, ending her 6 fight losing streak with her first win in four years.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Submission grappling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win16–11Tara LaRosaDecision (unanimous)Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. TamadaSeptember 6, 201435:00Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss15–11Raquel PenningtonDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter 18 FinaleNovember 30, 201335:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss15–10Takayo HashiDecision (unanimous)Jewels 18th RingMarch 3, 201225:00Koto, Tokyo, Japan
Loss15–9Barb HonchakSubmission (rear-naked choke)BEP 5 - Breast Cancer BeatdownOctober 1, 201131:46Fletcher, North Carolina, United States
Loss15–8Hitomi AkanoDecision (unanimous)Jewels 15th RingJuly 9, 201125:00Kabukichō, Tokyo, Japan
Loss15–7Rosi SextonDecision (unanimous)Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 40February 26, 201135:00North London, England125 lb debut
Loss15–6Sarah KaufmanKO (slam)Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. MaheJuly 23, 201034:45Everett, Washington, United StatesFor Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship
Win15–5Tara LaRosaDecision (split)Moosin: God of Martial ArtsMay 21, 201035:00Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win14–5Molly HelselSubmission (rear-naked choke)KOTC: ToryumonJanuary 30, 201023:18Okinawa, Japan
Loss13–5Marloes CoenenSubmission (armbar)Strikeforce: Fedor vs. RogersNovember 7, 200911:05Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win13–4Chisa YonezawaDecision (unanimous)Valkyrie 01November 8, 200823:00Tokyo, Japan
Win12–4Vanessa PortoTKO (knees)Fatal Femmes Fighting 4: Call of the WildApril 3, 200830:53Los Angeles, California, United StatesDefended FFF Lightweight Championship
Win11–4Marloes CoenenDecision (split)K-GRACE 1May 27, 200723:00Tokyo, JapanK-GRACE Women's Openweight Tournament Final
Win10–4Megumi YabushitaDecision (unanimous)K-GRACE 1May 27, 200723:00Tokyo, JapanK-GRACE Women's Openweight Tournament Semifinal
Win9–4Hee Jin LeeSubmission (armbar)K-GRACE 1May 27, 200712:56Tokyo, JapanK-GRACE Women's Openweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win8–4Cassandra Rivers-BlassoDecision (split)Fatal Femmes Fighting 1: Asian InvasionJanuary 17, 200752:00Los Angeles, California, United StatesWon FFF Lightweight Championship
Loss7–4Shayna BaszlerSubmission (hammerlock)MARS: BodogFIGHTAugust 4, 200611:08Tokyo, Japan
Win7–3Megumi YabushitaDecision (unanimous)Shooto: G Shooto 5May 6, 200625:00Tokyo, Japan
Loss6–3Tara LaRosaDecision (unanimous)Mix Fighting Championships: Boardwalk BlitzMarch 4, 200635:00Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss6–2Laura D'AugusteDecision (unanimous)Ring of Combat 8March 19, 200535:00Asbury Park, New Jersey, United StatesFor ROC Women's Welterweight Championship
Win6–1Jennifer HoweSubmission (triangle choke)International Fighting Championships: Eve of DestructionMarch 5, 200531:47Salt Lake City, Utah, United StatesWon IFC Women's Middleweight Championship; Won ISKA Women's World Middleweight Championship
Loss5–1Megumi YabushitaDecision (unanimous)Smackgirl: World ReMix 2004December 19, 200425:00Shizuoka, JapanSmackgirl World ReMix 2004 Openweight Tournament Semifinal
Win5–0Ana CarolinaDecision (unanimous)Smackgirl: World ReMix 2004December 19, 200425:00Shizuoka, JapanSmackgirl World ReMix 2004 Openweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win4–0Jennifer HoweDecision (unanimous)HOOKnSHOOT: EvolutionNovember 6, 200435:00Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win3–0Natsuko KikukawaDecision (unanimous)Smackgirl: F8May 16, 200435:00Tokyo, Japan
Win2–0Keiko TamaiDecision (unanimous)Greatest Common Multiple: Cross Section 1April 18, 200425:00Japan
Win1–0Hikaru ShinoharaSubmission (armbar)Smackgirl: Third Season 7November 10, 200311:58Tokyo, Japan

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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