Roxanne Modafferi
The Happy Warrior

USA

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FlyweightUFC
July 27, 2021
Modafferi will not fight at UFC 266 after Tatiana Suarez (undisclosed) was forced to withdraw, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
ANALYSIS
Modafferi was expected to make her return from a knee injury in the Sept. 25 fight, but she'll have to wait a bit longer to get back in the octagon. It remains possible for her fight with Suarez to be rescheduled.
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Slated to return in September
FlyweightUFC
July 3, 2021
Modafferi (knee) will take on Tatiana Suarez in a flyweight matchup at UFC 266 on Sept. 25, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Modafferi underwent meniscus surgery in April that forced her to withdraw from her scheduled matchup against Taila Santos, but she'll return in late September. She most recently lost to Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Island 8 in January, and she's now 4-6 with the promotion. Suarez will be returning from a neck injury and moving from the strawweight division to the flyweight division at UFC 266. She was 5-0 as a strawweight under the UFC banner, and she most recently defeated Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision at UFC 238 in June of 2019. Modafferi has slight advantages in height and reach.
Needs surgery
FlyweightUFC
April 7, 2021
Modafferi requires meniscus surgery and will not fight Taila Santos at the UFC's event on May 8, Eric Kowal of MyMMANews.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Modafferi has reportedly sustained a meniscus tear, so she'll need to undergo surgery and fully recover before re-entering the Octagon. The UFC may seek to reschedule her fight against Santos, but for the May 8 card a replacement flyweight fighter will need to be found.
Next bout on the books
FlyweightUFC
March 2, 2021
Modafferi will square off against Taila Santos on the UFC's May 8 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Modafferi has alternated wins and losses in each of her fights since officially joining the promotion, and none of the bouts have gone less than the distance thus far. Santos' four fights (three wins) have all gone the full 15 minutes as well, so the expectation would be getting your money's worth for this one. Modafferi owns the edge by an inch in both height and reach over her opponent.
Outclassed on Fight Island
FlyweightUFC
January 20, 2021
Modafferi lost to Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 26-30) at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Modafferi needed to get this fight to the ground in order to stay competitive, but she instead elected to stand and trade with Araujo for the better part of Round 1. She paid the price for that decision, eating both a big uppercut and right hook, the latter of which briefly sent her to the canvas. Modafferi finally attempted to take things to the mat in the final minute, but Araujo reversed position and landed some ground-and-pound before sinking in a tight choke. Modafferi barely survived. It was more of the same in Round 2, with Modafferi getting picked apart on the feet and her takedown attempts getting stuffed. She did catch Araujo with a big right hand, but it was far from enough to turn the tide, and Modafferi again finished the round on her back. A bloodied Modafferi remained game in Round 3 and even completed a takedown, but Araujo jumped back up and later secured a takedown of her own. By the closing minutes, Modafferi seemed to be the fresher fighter, but it wasn't enough to mount a comeback. "The Happy Warrior" falls to 4-6 under the UFC banner.
Araujo fight moved up
FlyweightUFC
December 22, 2020
Modafferi's upcoming flyweight fight against Viviane Araujo was bumped up to Jan. 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup joins three others in moving from Jan. 30 up to the 20th. The card will take place in Abu Dhabi. Moddafferi is listed as a (+275) betting underdog for this matchup as of early-January.