Modafferi reflects on first woman in the UFC

by Roxanne Modafferi | source:

The first woman in the UFC- my dream

It’s been my dream for years. It’s always been my dream to “be the best female fighter in the world.”

How can a fighter NOT have this goal? Why else does a professional put herself or himself through tedious tortorous training regimes that ready them for a fight, instead of just coming in, sparring a few fun rounds until you get tired, and then heading home? It would be so easy to do that.

When I beat Jennifer Howe in our rematch in the IFC seven years ago (wow, seven years?!) and the announcer called me “the middleweight champion of the world,” the dream was born “to be the first woman in the UFC.”

I was young and strong. Anything could happen!

That dream is now gone. Obliterated. Impossible.

I kind of knew it by now, that my dream wouldn’t come true. People have been surpassing me. And it’s my fault. I’m on a 5 fight losing streak. I’ve been doing something wrong. MMA has evolved and I couldn’t evolve fast enough.

Part of me is sad.

But part of me is so happy.

I think of myself, Tara LaRosa, Julie Kedzie, etc, all the women who remember HookNShoot, we’re kind of second generation pioneers. WE were inspired from the original pioneers, like Debi Purcell, Megumi Yabushita, Megumi Fujii, etc. Now, there is the third generation coming after us, Ronda Rousey, I dunno I think I’d consider Meisha kind of second generation, too, but she’s younger than me and more well rounded. The third generation tends to be more well rounded at a YOUNGER AGE since they GET IT, that you need everything. The second and first generation ones are well rounded only because we’ve been doing it forever. Or not. Akano Hitomi still can’t throw punches, but she can throw my butt all over the place effortlessly with her Judo.

Anyway, I digress.

I have changed my goal. I can no longer be the first woman in the UFC, but I’d like to make my new goal “get into” the UFC.

And for that, I need to win my fights. First, I’d like to fight in Invicta. The owners have always been so nice to me, and I admire and respect them for putting on a great show, and giving women wonderful opportunities to fight. I also want to win my fights in Jewels. I want rematches with AKano and Hashi, but I think Akano is gonna retire soon. ~_~;

I have a lot of work cut out for me. I know I’ve improved SO much after having joined my new team “Groundslam.

I gotta hurry up and win, because I’m 30 and my body is falling apart. lol Let’s see how much longer I can squeeze out of it.

Anyway, this is super great news for the female fighter community. :) Congratulations! I knew we could do it!!

Roxanne Modafferi is The Happy Warrior. Check out her blog at

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dMo site profile image  

11/13/12 7:08 PM by dMo

Best of luck Rox. Hope to see you in the big show.

Nexuscrawlers site profile image  

11/13/12 6:48 PM by Nexuscrawlers

You can do it!!!!

Muay Tired site profile image  

11/13/12 5:17 PM by Muay Tired

I'm a fan of Rox's, no doubt. But she suffers from the same mentality of the Japanese MMA fighters: they don't believe in cutting weight and end up considerably smaller than their American opponents. I cringed when she got slammed by Sarah Kaufman and KO'd. I knew it would happen when Kaufman appeared to be 2 weight classes larger than Rox.Pretty please Rox, fight at a weight class where you have the advantage, so we can see you kick ass in the UFC.

donkypunch55 site profile image  

11/13/12 5:00 PM by donkypunch55

What a great read Rox. I'm 35 and still fighting so I feel your pain deeply :)When it's all said and done you can only offer your best and I know you will. No one has to look back on what you've done and where you've been been you. So do your thing. Best of luck,demian.

Rox19 site profile image  

11/13/12 4:36 PM by Rox19

I hadn't realized someone posted my blog on the UG! Thanks! I haven't been here in forever because I've been depressed about my fight career. lolI know I gotta earn my way back. I have to win well, strongly, and solidly, or I have no place in the UFC or Invicta. We shall see. :)

pandrews76 site profile image  

11/12/12 9:06 PM by pandrews76

+1 for Roxanne.

KZTT_Dead Roman site profile image  

11/12/12 1:13 PM by KZTT_Dead Roman

Wtf, im just saying roxy is one of the better lady fighters out there and should have a provlem getting in due to the lack of good lady fighters. Recognize a compliment when you see it man.

Steve4192 site profile image  

11/12/12 1:12 PM by Steve4192

  You obviosuly haven't seen Roxy fight lately.     I wish her all the best in her efforts to make it to the UFC, but the sad reality is she is not the same fighter she was a few years ago.  She hasn't been the same ever since Kaufmann scrambled her eggs with that powerslam.

Ryann Von Doom site profile image  

11/12/12 1:09 PM by Ryann Von Doom

You're beyond retarded for this.

bradu site profile image  

11/12/12 1:02 PM by bradu

Very thoughtful and realistic. I hope she makes it.