UnderGround Forums Modafferi on the ever evolving Roxy Fu

12 days ago
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Roxanne Modafferi is one of the most experienced fighters in women's mixed martial arts, having begun fighting in 2003, in Japan. In 2013, she fought her way onto The Ultimate Fighter season 18. Seeded last, she was eliminated by Jessica Rakoczy, but the series drew her back to the USA from Japan, which eventually led to John 'Big' Wood's Syndicate MMA where she has undergone a tremendous career turnaround. Pre Wood she went 0-6; now she is ranked #8 in the world.

"The Happy Warrior" did a rare second run on TUF, and this time she was seeded first. That run ended with a fight for the inaugural UFC flyweight, where he lost a decision. She has alternated wins and losses since, most recently defeating Andrea "KGB" Lee for the second time at UFC on ESPN+ 35 on Saturday night.

At the post-press conference, she talked about it all.

“It was a tough fight. Thank you Andrea for a great fight," she began. "I think the plan was kind of to stick and move, go in-go out, always take the angle. I think it was going great. I got the takedowns when I wanted to and also that jab at the end, always kept moving. I was very pleased with my performance tonight. I had a great preparation for this camp. I tried to go in with a clear mind and not have one single goal. I really wanted to catch one of her kicks. I think I did kind of catch a kick and made her fall down. I was working on body locks leading up to this fight. I really wanted to try out my wrestling. I’m so happy I did a little bit out of everything that we worked on this camp.”

“[Evolving] feels so good. it means so much to me to get this win, to prove I still belong in the top 10 and I can be a contender. Evolution is the key – never just settling and just doing what you are good at, always trying to learn and improve. Just evolve with the times. That’s the key. My next evolution will be just continue to improve my striking, my jiu-jitsu, my wrestling, Roxy-fu, and remind myself of techniques that I once knew and I forgot. That seems to be coming up a lot lately.”

“I’ve been fighting for 17 years and I think this was my 47th fight. I just want to fight somebody in the top 10 – whoever the UFC matchmakers want me to fight. Whenever they call me, I say yes.”

h/t Matt Erickson and Ken Hathaway for MMAjunkie

12 days ago
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She has a great attitude and disposition. 

Win lose or draw she always shows up. I am definitely a fan for life. 

12 days ago
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Roxy has a great attitude.  She is a true martial artist.

But I can't think of a less athletic fighter in the sport...maybe Artem.

12 days ago
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Awesome person, awesome fighter. 

12 days ago
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If you dont like Roxy then youre probably a Pinko, Commie, Wreched, eater of turtle slime, and you should go slam your testicles in the nearest door jam untill you piss large quantities of blood.

12 days ago
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Didn`t you use to train her or at least be in her corner?

12 days ago
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Yay Roxy!!

12 days ago
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Mucho love for the happy warrior!

Ufc better start working on plans to have her onboard as talent relations for all the up and coming girls. No better for the job! She also fluent in japanese and can help with all the eventplaning for asia she knows the culture the best! 

12 days ago
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War Roxy!

Always fun to watch her fight, always uplifting to hear her speak.
11 days ago
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The most likable person in the entire company, and she can fight. Always tune in to root for her. 

11 days ago
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Thanks for winning me $50 from a $5 parlay, Roxy, you rock regardless!
11 days ago
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If you dont like Roxy then youre probably a Pinko, Commie, Wreched, eater of turtle slime, and you should go slam your testicles in the nearest door jam untill you piss large quantities of blood.

Roxy is the ultimate martial artist in that she is not starting with Yoel Romero esqe body type.

But with training and skill she can get it done.

And a kind respectful person.