Roxanne Modafferi
The Happy Warrior


Drops lopsided fight to overweight opponent
July 20, 2019
Modafferi lost to Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
Modafferi spent the majority of this fight advancing, but that's about all she had going in her favor. She was unable to get much of anything going in the striking game, and effectively tried to lean on her grappling and wrestling. Modafferi respectably accepted this fight against an opponent that came in three pound heavy, but that size difference proved to have a significant effect. Modafferi typically thrives in the clinch, but she was unable to keep Maia under control for any meaningful period of time. Modafferi will undoubtedly get another shot if she wants it due to the lack of depth in the division, but her days of competing against legitimate contenders may be numbered.
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Gets new San Antonio opponent
June 19, 2019
Modafferi has now been booked to take on Jennifer Maia in a flyweight bout at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
The promotion was surprisingly able to find a new opponent for Modafferi just hours after she lost her original opponent for UFC San Antonio, Liz Carmouche. Her new opponent, Maia, has split her first two fights since signing with the UFC back in July of last year and in fact lost to Carmouche via unanimous decision in her debut.
Loses San Antonio opponent
June 19, 2019
Modafferi will no longer take on Liz Carmouche at UFC San Antonio on July 20, as Brett Okamoto of ESPN reported Tuesday that Carmouche will instead take on Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC Flyweight Championship on Aug. 10 in Uruguay.
It's a tough break for Modafferi, who is coming off an impressive victory over highly-regarded prospect Antonina Shevchenko (Valentina's sister). If anything, this shift in the schedule shows how shallow the 125-pound division is, as Modafferi is just 2-5 in the UFC but was in line to fight the next title contender. The San Antonio card is just a month away, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect the UFC to look for another opponent to keep Modafferi on the card. Plus, since a two-fight winning streak is grounds for a title shot in this division, who knows what a convincing victory could do for the 36-year-old Modafferi's championship aspirations.
To fight Carmouche on July 20
May 14, 2019
Modaferri will face off against Liz Carmouche in a flyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on ESPN on July 20 in San Antonio, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Modaferri's most recent fight was a split decision victory against Antonina Schevchenko, but she's alternated wins and losses across her past four fights overall. In the Shevchenko fight, Modaferri was outlanded 33 to 64 in terms of signficant strikes, but still provided a respectable score for fantasy owners by recording five takedowns and passing guard on five occasions. Both women are considered pioneers in female mixed martial arts, and with each ranked in the top-5, the winner will land squarely in the title conversation. Modaferri will hold the edge in both height and reach when the Octagon door closes, while Carmouche has superior wrestling statistics, in addition to crisper striking defense.
Shows her veteran game
April 20, 2019
Moddafferi defeated Antonina Shevchenko via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
This might be considered a bit of an upset, but in the end experience won out in this one. Shevchenko came out looking like the much more technical striker, but that did not turn out to matter. Modafferi was able to score takedowns and control the fight in the clinch. Shevchenko could not get her striking going without giving up the takedowns. Modafferi could not really get her striking going on the ground, but she was able to pass and move through the guard. This was an overall impressive from the veteran.
Drops decision to Sijara Eubanks at UFC 230
November 3, 2018
Modafferi lost to Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 230 on Saturday in New York City.
Modafferi didn't have to accept this fight after Eubanks missed weight on Friday, but Modafferi is never one to pass up the opportunity to get in there and test her skills. She did a decent job of remaining competitive despite the fact she was giving up a ton of brute strength to Eubanks. Modafferi is one of the true pioneers of women's MMA, but she's a poor athlete and she has little power in her hands. There is little reason to be excited about the 36-year-old moving forward.