Roxanne Vincenta Modafferi (born September 24, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed to the UFC. Though she currently fights in the flyweight division, she had fought in multiple weight classes in her career. As of July 22, 2019, she is #8 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.
|Born||Roxanne Vincenta Modafferi|
September 24, 1982
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
|Other names||The Happy Warrior, Roxy|
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st) |
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Rank||Brown belt in Judo |
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Years active||2003–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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.
She is now a member of the Syndicate MMA team.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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. 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 by defeating Hee Jin Lee, Megumi Yabushita and Marloes Coenen on May 27, 2007.
She signed a contract with the American Fight League (AFL) and was scheduled to face Tara LaRosa at the AFL's November event, but fought instead at the debut Valkyrie event in Japan after the AFL's plans stalled.
Modafferi moved up a weight class and made her long-awaited Strikeforce debut in a rematch with Marloes Coenen at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on November 7, 2009, but lost the fight by armbar in the first round.
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. Modafferi won the fight by split decision.
Modafferi returned to Strikeforce to challenge Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe on July 23, 2010. She lost the fight via knockout due to a slam in the third round.
Modafferi was released by Strikeforce on November 12, 2010, after losing both her fights with the promotion. She was scheduled to face Hitomi Akano at World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight on December 30, 2010, but the fight was cancelled after Modafferi suffered a stomach illness and was unable to compete.
Modafferi was scheduled to face Aisling Daly at BlackEye Promotions 5 in Fletcher, North Carolina on October 1, 2011. However, Daly was forced to withdraw from the card and Modafferi faced Barb Honchak instead. She was defeated by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the third round.
The Ultimate Fighter 18Edit
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. In the elimination fight to get into the TUF house, Modafferi faced Valérie Létourneau and won via a rear-naked choke submission in the first round. She later lost her first tournament fight to Jessica Rakoczy.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
In November 2013, it was announced that Modafferi would make her official UFC debut against fellow TUF 18 alumni Raquel Pennington at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on November 30. She lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Modafferi met Tara LaRosa for the third time at Invicta FC 8 on Saturday, September 6, 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. She followed this up with a split decision win over Andrea Lee at Invicta FC 10 on Friday, December 5, 2014.
Modafferi faced Vanessa Porto at Invicta FC 12 on Friday, April 24, 2015. She lost the fight via unanimous decision. Modafferi faced Mariana Morais at Invicta FC 14 on Saturday, September 12, 2015, and won via TKO stoppage in the third round. Modafferi brought her Invicta FC record to 4-1 with a win over DeAnna Bennett in March 2016 at Invicta FC 16. She was later announced to be challenging Jennifer Maia for the Invicta FC Flyweight championship at Invicta FC 19 on September 23, 2016. The fight was Modafferi's first title fight in the Invicta FC promotion.
The Ultimate Fighter 26Edit
In August 2017, it was announced that Modafferi would be one of the fighters featured on The Ultimate Fighter 26, where the process to crown the UFC's inaugural 125-pound women's champion will take place.
In the opening round, Modafferi faced Shana Dobson and won by TKO due to punches in the first round, allowing her to move on to the next stage of the competition. In the quarterfinals, Modafferi faced Emily Whitmire and won the fight via technical knockout in round one. In the semifinals, Modafferi faced Sijara Eubanks and she lost via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Modafferi was scheduled to face fellow semifinalist Barb Honchak on December 1, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale. However, on the day of the weigh in, Sijara Eubanks was pulled from the fight for kidney failure and was replaced by Modafferi to face Nicco Montaño for the Flyweight title. She lost the fight via unanimous decision. The fight earned her the Fight of the Night bonus.
Modafferi faced Sijara Eubanks at UFC 230 on November 3, 2018. At the weigh-ins, Eubanks weight at 127.2 pounds, 1.2 pounds over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126 and she was fined 20 percent of her purse, which went to her opponent Modafferi. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Modafferi faced Antonina Shevchenko on April 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 7. She won the fight via split decision. The victory earned Modafferi the distinction of being the first female UFC fighter to win a bout in Russia.
Modafferi was expected to face Liz Carmouche on July 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4. However, Carmouche was pulled from that bout in favor of a rematch with current champion Valentina Shevchenko in August at UFC Fight Night 156. Modaffer then faced Jennifer Maia in a rematch of their 2016 Invicta FC Flyweight Championship bout, which Maia won via split decision. At the weigh-ins, Maia weighed in at 129 pounds, 3 pounds over the women's flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. As a result she was fined 30 percent of her purse, and the bout will proceed as scheduled at a catchweight. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- International Sport Karate Association
- ISKA Women's World Middleweight Championship (One time)
- International Fighting Championships
- IFC Women's Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Fatal Femmes Fighting
- FFF Women's Lightweight Championship (two times)
- K-GRACE Women's Openweight Tournament Winner
- Smackgirl World ReMix 2004 Openweight Tournament Semifinalist
- AwakeningFighters.com WMMA Awards
- 2014 Flyweight of the Year
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||23 wins||16 losses|
|Loss||23–16||Jennifer Maia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards||July 20, 2019||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Catchweight (129 lbs) bout; Maia missed weight.|
|Win||23–15||Antonina Shevchenko||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik||April 20, 2019||3||5:00||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||22–15||Sijara Eubanks||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 230||November 3, 2018||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States||Catchweight (127.2 lbs) bout; Eubanks missed weight.|
|Win||22–14||Barb Honchak||TKO (elbows)||The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale||July 6, 2018||2||3:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||21–14||Nicco Montaño||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale||December 1, 2017||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||21–13||Sarah D'Alelio||TKO (elbows)||Invicta FC 23: Porto vs. Niedźwiedź||May 20, 2017||3||1:37||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||20–13||Priscila de Souza||Submission (armbar)||Fusion Fight League: Ladies Fight Night||April 1, 2017||2||4:52||Billings, Montana, United States||Won the FFL Flyweight Championship.|
|Loss||19–13||Jennifer Maia||Decision (split)||Invicta FC 19: Maia vs. Modafferi||September 23, 2016||5||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||For the Invicta FC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||19–12||DeAnna Bennett||Decision (split)||Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown||March 11, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–12||Mariana Morais||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad||September 12, 2015||3||4:40||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||17–12||Vanessa Porto||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpää vs. Souza||April 24, 2015||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||17–11||Andrea Lee||Decision (split)||Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio||December 5, 2014||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||16–11||Tara LaRosa||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada||September 6, 2014||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||15–11||Raquel Pennington||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Finale||November 30, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Bantamweight bout.|
|Loss||15–10||Takayo Hashi||Decision (unanimous)||Jewels 18th Ring||March 3, 2012||2||5:00||Koto, Japan||Catchweight (127 lbs) bout.|
|Loss||15–9||Barb Honchak||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BEP 5: Breast Cancer Beatdown||October 1, 2011||3||1:46||Fletcher, North Carolina, United States|
|Loss||15–8||Hitomi Akano||Decision (unanimous)||Jewels 15th Ring||July 9, 2011||2||5:00||Kabukicho, Japan||Bantamweight bout.|
|Loss||15–7||Rosi Sexton||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors: 40||February 26, 2011||3||5:00||North London, England||Flyweight debut.|
|Loss||15–6||Sarah Kaufman||KO (slam)||Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe||July 23, 2010||3||4:45||Everett, Washington, United States||For the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||15–5||Tara LaRosa||Decision (split)||Moosin: God of Martial Arts||May 21, 2010||3||5:00||Worcester, Massachusetts, United States||Catchweight (130 lbs) bout.|
|Win||14–5||Molly Helsel||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Toryumon||January 30, 2010||2||3:18||Okinawa, Japan|
|Loss||13–5||Marloes Coenen||Submission (armbar)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||1||1:05||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||13–4||Chisa Yonezawa||Decision (unanimous)||Valkyrie 01||November 8, 2008||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan||Bantamweight bout.|
|Win||12–4||Vanessa Porto||TKO (knees)||Fatal Femmes Fighting 4: Call of the Wild||April 3, 2008||3||0:53||Los Angeles, California, United States||Defended the FFF Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||11–4||Marloes Coenen||Decision (split)||K-GRACE 1||May 27, 2007||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan||K-GRACE Women's Openweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||10–4||Megumi Yabushita||Decision (unanimous)||K-GRACE 1||May 27, 2007||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan||K-GRACE Women's Openweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||9–4||Hee Jin Lee||Submission (armbar)||K-GRACE 1||May 27, 2007||1||2:56||Tokyo, Japan||K-GRACE Women's Openweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||8–4||Cassandra Rivers-Blasso||Decision (split)||Fatal Femmes Fighting 1: Asian Invasion||January 17, 2007||5||2:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||Won the FFF Lightweight Championship.|
|Loss||7–4||Shayna Baszler||Submission (hammerlock)||MARS: BodogFIGHT||October 4, 2006||1||1:08||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–3||Megumi Yabushita||Decision (unanimous)||G-Shooto: G-Shooto 05||May 6, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||6–3||Tara LaRosa||Decision (unanimous)||Mix Fighting Championships: Boardwalk Blitz||March 4, 2006||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Laura D'Auguste||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Combat 8||March 19, 2005||3||5:00||Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States||For the ROC Women's Welterweight (147 lbs) Championship.|
|Win||6–1||Jennifer Howe||Submission (triangle choke)||International Fighting Championships: Eve of Destruction||March 5, 2005||3||1:47||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States||Won the IFC Women's Middleweight Championship. Won the ISKA Women's World Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||5–1||Megumi Yabushita||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: World ReMix 2004||December 19, 2004||2||5:00||Shizuoka, Japan||Smackgirl World ReMix 2004 Openweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||5–0||Ana Carolina||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: World ReMix 2004||December 19, 2004||2||5:00||Shizuoka, Japan||Smackgirl World ReMix 2004 Openweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||4–0||Jennifer Howe||Decision (unanimous)||HOOKnSHOOT: Evolution||November 6, 2004||3||5:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||3–0||Natsuko Kikukawa||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: F8||May 16, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Keiko Tamai||Decision (unanimous)||Greatest Common Multiple: Cross Section 1||April 18, 2004||2||5:00||Japan|
|Win||1–0||Hikaru Shinohara||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: Third Season 7||November 10, 2003||1||1:58||Tokyo, Japan|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|5 matches||3 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||3–2||Sijara Eubanks||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion||November 29, 2017 (air date)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 26 Semi-final round|
|Win||3–1||Emily Whitmire||TKO (elbows)||November 8, 2017 (air date)||1||4:59||TUF 26 Quarter-final round|
|Win||2–1||Shana Dobson||TKO (elbows)||August 30, 2017 (air date)||1||1:37||TUF 26 preliminary round|
|Loss||1–1||Jessica Rakoczy||TKO (slam and punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate||September 25, 2013 (air date)||2||2:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 18 preliminary round|
|Win||1–0||Valérie Létourneau||Submission (rear-naked choke)||September 4, 2013 (air date)||1||3:36||TUF 18 elimination round|
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