TUF 18, episode 4 recap
The Ultimate Fighter 18
Team Tate’s Roxanne Modafferi vs. Team Rousey’s Jessica Rakoczy
FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET
Modafferi is teaching Shayna Baszler Japanese and they talk about their fight in Tokyo eight years ago. She refers to herself as “The Happy Warrior” because she’s, well, happy. Her inspiration is Power Rangers and Dragon Ball Z and everyone in the house gives Roxy props for being the town sweetheart.
Now it’s time to not be happy as Rakoczy starts spilling her guts over her abusive stepdad. She moved out when she was 15 and her mom got her ass whooped by el psycho, who may or may not have been responsible for Mrs. R’s untimely death.
Her struggles in the wake of that tragedy turned her to combat sports and she found success as a boxer, something she wants to parlay into a lucrative UFC career. Naturally, her best bet against Modafferi — an accomplished grappler — comes in the stand-up.
Jessica Rakoczy (Team Rousey) vs. Roxanne Modafferi (Team Tate)
Round 1: They spend the opening minute on their feet exchanging hands. Rakoczy is in retreat when Roxy tries to clinch and falls on her ass. Modafferi all over her and looks to gain position. Jessica being very stubborn from the bottom and keeps her attacker in half guard. Jessica scrambles and gives up her back but Roxy can’t capitalize. Rakoczy is able to roll her over and take over from top, but Roxy quickly works for the armbar. Jessica is too strong and powers out. The hold breaks and Rakoczy plops into guard. Roxy rolls for a heel hook and Jessica runs for the hills. Back on the feet and Roxy’s spinning backfist goes wide by a mile. She shoots but Jessica is not having it. They clinch against the cage and Roxy finally drags her down and finishes the round on top. 10-9 Modafferi.
Round 2: Roxy is sucking wind. Bad sign. Rakoczy comes out swinging for the fences and connects. Roxy gets tossed to the mat and Jessica swarms. She gets spooked by submission attempts and lets her back to her feet. Modafferi eats one clean in the jaw and crumbles. Just as the end is near, the ref stops the fight to warn Rakoczy for fence grabbing. They restart and Roxy manages to get a takedown but is too exhausted to do anything with it. Rakoczy rolls her over, picks her up and “Rampage” slams her. Roxanne sits up, Undertaker style, and Jessica creams her with a punch. Modafferi hangs on but it happens again and the fight is stopped.
Rakoczy def. Modafferi via knockout
The loss by the gallant Modaferri was all the more poignant given Modafferi’s blog this week.
On my birthday, I played with Jessica Rakoczy & son in the park
Jessica Rakoczy (pronounced “ra-KO-zee”) is a very special lady. We fought each other during our time in the TUF house, but before and after, we knew we’d be homies forever. She lives in Las Vegas! So after both of our training sessions this morning, we met up and hung out! First, we had to pick up some food, so we went to a supermarket. Her son Jesse kept wanting to buy a balloon, and she said to him, “But it’s not your birthday!” I pipped up, “No, it’s mine!” She was like “WHAAAT?” and insisted on buying both of us balloons, me lunch, and chocolate cupcakes. LOL
She’s a single mother. Her son is four. Just watching them, I can see that she is a really good mother. I already respected her, but it went to a whole new level seeing her run around playing with her son in the park, already exhausted from a tough work-out with her coach earlier in the day. She never gets a break. She’s remarkable.
I had so much fun. I was SO tired. Dude, I got tired before her kid! We decided to call it a day, and Jesse started pouting. hahaha This is why I’m not gonna have a kid while I’m still a fighter.
Oh yeah, watch us fight tomorrow on The Ultimate Fighter on Fox Sports 1 at 7 PM PT / 10 PM EST. 😀 😀 😀
Oh yeah, it’s my 31st birthday! 😀 I don’t care about the number…I just don’t want my body to start failing me so I can’t do MMA anymore. A fighter’s time is limited, right? But thanks to sports Chiropractor supreme Jacob Steckel, my back is feeling awesome. I sparred the whole time and it didn’t hurt a bit! Another body part was hurting for a few days, but once practice started, I didn’t even feel it, so I just went on it. I dunno about wrestling tomorrow…but today was awesome. I noticed some things about my balance, I landed a sweet move! And I threw some stuff that didn’t land, but I think at least my form was correct. I’m so motivated right now.
I just keep repeating to myself… The harder something is, the more you grow. The more something hurts now, the stronger you’ll get later. In some way or another. Excluding injury obviously.