Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

My bestie Hannah won! My training, TV, DBZ, Herbal Papaya

Posted in every day, fight, friends, training on August 21st, 2015 by roxyfighter

I haven’t written a blog in over two full weeks? Wow.

Training has been fantastic. My cardio is going up, game planning is going well, no serious injuries, I got a few sponsors for my fight! 😀 Thanks Dragon Do, Remove it Restoration, Top Notch Fighter, The Void, Aardvark painting, and Lemon Badger for supporting me again!

face before invicta 12

I still have room for more on my clothes, so if anybody has any leads or wants more info, email me at

I’m fighting Invicta 14 on September 12th!

Hannah won her fight August 15th, last weekend! It was a big deal for me….Hannah is one of my best friends. I helped her cut train and weight and get ready. She cut a LOT of weight and I was the tyrant who ordered her in and out of the hot tub.
hannah in bath

hana laying down
Then her opponent missed weight by 7 pounds and said she had a fever…. I was so torn and upset. . Was she sick before or is she lying? I never want to think people are lying. And the opponent is friends with my other friends, so everyone is upset. :( Hannah sucked it up, stayed positive, fought, and had an outstanding performance.
hannah in mount

That’s the most important thing. She did all the stuff we practiced in practice and also won by arm bar.
hannah raising arms in victory
I’m so proud of her. And now I’m ready to put all that drama behind us and move on.
us in the locker room after hannah's fighrt

Weight cutting is so important. You want to be able to cut enough weight that you can comfortably fight in the target weight class, but not so much that you feel like crap, your kidneys shut down or worse. If you are going to cut a lot of weight, learn the sodium cut method and diet to a reasonable starting point. If I ask you “How do you cut weight?” I’m expecting to get a 5 minute description. “I just do it” means you’re doing something potentially dangerous.

In Japan, I didn’t know how to cut weight. I did it wrong my whole career. Only when I got on the Ultimate Fighter in the US did I learn the proper way. If you want to know, ASK ME:


I’ve been watching DBZ, the Majin Buu Saga.
vegeta and beerus
I’m also watching the new DBZ Super and it’s great. XD I love Beerus…and Vegeta trying to kiss his @$$ so he doesn’t blow up the planet? XD It’s so out of character and hilarious. If you wanna know where to watch it, email me.

I’ve been watching a ton of The Flash and Arrow. I’m on ep 15 of Flash and 17 of Arrow Season 3.

Training this week has been awesome. Monday I did mitts with coach John. Mike Hanks helped be the second guy who I had to take down on command and wrestle within the round to make the practice more cardio and MMA-like. Thanks! Love that training method.

mike and john mitts

In team practice, I pulled my shoulder and two muscles in each leg and sprained my right wrist. -_- I struggled but made it through practice Tuesday very well, but Wednesday I just could barely function. John canceled my lesson last minute… but I was okay with that. ^_^; I did some of Vinny’s jiu-jitsu class, sparred Jamie for two rounds, got a little beat up, started hating myself, went home, collapsed, and canceled my kid’s lesson -_-. urg My brain was like “done.” Usually I go home and turn on anime or Arrow, but I closed my eyes and passed out. LOL The Best Chiropractor ever Jake Steckel worked on my shoulder and it feels better now! wow

Thursday (Yesterday) morning I did stairs and found my cardio is still on point. 😀 Then I sparred with the ladies. Thanks a lot to Coach John for coaching me during that. I keep feeling the need to “thank you to John” all the time, but you guys don’t understand….when I lived in Japan, NOBODY EVER coached me while I trained. Various sometimes gave me advice after we sparred, but that was it. No coaching. So somebody actually telling me what to do in practice is amazing to me. -_-

Being smaller than me has no effect on what awesome training partners both Liz and Jamie are. So super talented and tough! Liz hits like lightening, living up to her nick name “Lightening Liz” McCarthy! And I can’t get a clinch on Jamie’s neck to save my life. XD But I’m taller! LOL dang it. It’ll be so cool to fight on the same card.

Then I did drills with the team, and then had to go to some appointments. For some reason my elbow is swollen and is killing me. whyyyy But that’s okay! Maybe it’ll be better tomorrow.

liz roxy jamie after sparring

I wanna watch SummerSlam this weekend cuz Stephen Amell is on it! I hope he’s healthy. I know he injured himself somehow.

I just wanna say something nice about Herbal Papaya, the company that sponsors me. I haven’t caught a cold since I started taking their products, which are supposed to strengthen the immune system and be good for digestion. I haven’t been having a ton of digestive problems recently, either, and I have a form of IBS. I’m so happy. The products make good gifts for friends and family who are health-conscious. Check out their website! 😀 I want people to experience the products I love, and also want to support my sponsor. 😉 I especially like the teas, the Seed Powder, and the Leaf Extract.

herbal papaya dr crusher

WSOF Palhares issue

Posted in Uncategorized on August 5th, 2015 by roxyfighter

I try to be conservative and not make judgmental statements that might piss anybody off, right?

However, I feel strongly about the sport of MMA and the spirit of martial arts.

Soa “The Hulk” Palelei said this on Twitter after his fight with BigFoot in the UFC and I’m going to keep quoting it. “Athletes, not enemies.”

When you are in a street fight or in a war, you try to injure, hurt, or kill the other person. When you’re in a ring or cage doing a sport, it’s an athletic competition. Your goal is to WIN, not injure. Your goal is to make the other person GIVE UP, not cripple him or her. If you knock the guy into unconsciousness, fine. If you yank really hard on the armbar to break through his or her defense and their elbow gets broken by accident, well, bad things happen. But to hold onto a submission when you are in complete control and continue to crank it even when the person taps and the ref tells you to stop, is unacceptable, dishonorable, and shameful. I feel very strongly so I’m going to say that very bluntly.

Joe Lauzon did a video where he counted miliseconds and watched video on how long it took for Palhares to let go of submissions. Check it out here. Very interesting!

Not only did he just extra crank the sub, but Rousimar Palhares fouled Jake Shields with eye gouges! That’s illegal. And kind of horrible. Imagine you’re an athlete trying to do your sport and someone is jabbing you in the eyes with their finger nails. You could, uh, go blind? Have your cornea cut up? Not be able to fight ever again? Or maybe you’re walking down the street and some random dude sticks a finger dagger in your eye and grabs your wallet and runs. and you go blind in that eye. You’d wanna catch that guy and sue him, right?

I believe that a true master has the ability to control his or her technique so that he or she can bring them to the point of injury WITHOUT injury. Anyone can snap someone’s arm if shown how on the first day! It takes years to develop skill and grace to do submission grappling or and jiu-jitsu. If I armbared someone and I ripped out their elbow ligaments, I’d feel like I failed myself.

Well, that’s me. The other person also has to tap, and the attacker should be fully aware that the guy is about to break. SO let’s say you attack, the other guy taps, you let go, the ref comes over, and the attackee is like, “Oh I didn’t tap!” and the ref says, “Fight!” wtf, right?

Okay, so fighters are supposed to continue until the ref stops them. So here’s a concept: HOLD the submission where it is . You don’t have to crank it MORE. It’s not like they’re wiggling around. Usually when a submission is put on, people are still and frozen because they are done trying to wiggle.

First Palhares said he wasn’t a dirty fighter, but in the past, his manager (who has to speak for him now?) says that he zones out and doesn’t know what he’s doing and doesn’t realize what he’s doing. Wtf is that? Then get the hell out of the competition area if you can’t control your body.

A black belt should be the safest person to roll with since they should have the most ability to control bodies and submission manipulation.

I’m glad WSOF stripped his title and banned him.

/end rant

excellent training, last week’s UFC, Japanese, Once Upon a Time

Posted in every day, fight, friends on July 31st, 2015 by roxyfighter

This week was a great week for me! I’m back at full power for training. Lots of process with technique on mitts. Trying to work some new things on the ground. Struggling a bit with a few new things, but it’s always like that for me before it falls into place. I think that should happen any day now. haha

I’ve been trying SO hard and finally was able to lose a few pounds of fat, so instead of walking around at 145, I’m at 141.5. That’s nice. 😀 I was lifting and eating a lot, and gained both fat and muscle. I usually try and hang out around 141 when I don’t have a fight set.

Awesome sparring, mostly with the ladies Jamie and Hannah! We went hard and I felt great.
Haha this is the “Ultimate Selfie” taken by Tony Diaz. hah!
(click to enlarge)

Last weekend I got to watch a lot of my friends fight in the UFC. I’m heartbroken for Jessamyn Duke who lost by decision to Elisabeth Philips. ;_; So happy for Miesha and Bryan and Tom! 😀 I hung out with Bootsy, Mishel, new friend Charlie, and….

hannah and roxy happy at tom's win

Tynan and his cousin
tynan and cousin at alehouse

Heather and Morgan
heather and morgan at alehouse

…at the Alehouse. 😀

Bryan won!
bryan winning on tv
Tom won!
tom lawlor on tv
I’m nervous when my friends and teammates fight, but I’m like TWICE as nervous when my coaches fight. There’s not only the caring about them personally, but the fact that I look up to them and they teach me stuff. Man, I was wringing my hands the whole time. lol He was so cool, though!

I went to Luke and Corey’s baby shower! It was so nice! There were mostly fighters or acrobats there. haha
Luke's baby shower party pic

I’m trying to study Japanese A LOT leading up the UFC Japan in September. I want to get another job as an interpreter and my Japanese has gone down the tubes. So I’m watching anime every day for listening practice, I’m also listening to interviews by Japanese fighters who are supposed to be on the upcoming card, and practicing translating what they say. My friend Goto-san is helping correct my Japanese. Seriously, I’d be lost without him!
I’m making a notebook of phrases I need. Especially hard words like “Diuretics.” Rinyo saiyo ni aru kusuri. Such an unusual word I’m having trouble memorizing it.
pic of notebook studying japanese
(there’s one kanji mistake on here I’ve since corrected btw but I’m sure nobody’ll notice haha)

I finished Once Upon a Time season 2!
I loved this scene so much!
mad hatter and daughter
(Season one, actually)

dark ones
Why do I like Rumplestiltskin and Hook so much? They’re bad guys but like my favorite characters. lol I probably empathize with them, and Colin O’Donoghue is kind of good looking. *_*

My week: weights, Tom interview, Arrow/Once, DBZ super, Minions, Stitch

Posted in family and holidays, friends, fun, training, translated blogs/articles on July 23rd, 2015 by roxyfighter

Two weeks ago some nagging injuries had me down (literally). I feel much better now, but that was rough. -_-

Smile and carry on!

I binge-watched Arrow (finished season 2) and Once Upon a Time TV (middle of season 2) TV shows. I’ve been watching Dragon Ball Z super, the NEW DBZ! So EXCITED I can watch it at the same time as the Japanese fans! 😀 I love being in the loop.
dbz super family vaca
I’m not going to post a link because it’s kind of copyrighted and I don’t wanna get the websites in trouble. ^_^;
I wrote my Japanese blog a lot to practice my language skills. I lifted a lot of weights. My nagging shoulder pain is gone and I surpassed my max repetitions on my max weight for various lifts! 😀 YAY!

Again, coach John was right. He promised me I could have gains and get rid of my shoulder pain, despite me never ever having success lifting before. I’m glad I blindly trust him. And I LOVE LUKE ROONEY, my new physical trainer. XD
luke and roxy

He shaved his head and facial hair for work…. I literally did not recognize him without my glasses until I got closer.
shocked anime girl

Last Friday I saw the movie “Minions” with my mom. That is REALLY significant because I can never get my mom to do ANYTHING with me, and I’m really frustrated. She never wants to go out to eat or go out in the evening because she has specific TV shows refuses to miss. No, we don’t have DVR because she doesn’t want to pay and I don’t watch the TV. She won’t go out during the day because she has a routine of shopping at every store in Las Vegas because each store has specific sales and she spends hours researching them. *sigh* The last time we saw a movie was two years ago, and we used to go all the time. So this is significant.

She laughed SO much, as did I! It was fantastic! Now we have a slew of new inside jokes, like

I do watch Star Trek with my mom almost every day. That’s one thing we do together. So weird that most of the cast is probably my age now that they were back then. And my mom thinks that Riker is cute, and I’m like, omg he’s in my age range now. *_* I mean then. LOL anyway. THEN we saw an add for a Star Trek convention that I AM TOTALLY GOING TO GO TO!!!! 😀 😀 Last year I was fighting and couldn’t go. I wanna get my mom to go with me!! But she said “no!” OF COURSE she would say no. I’m hoping that if I rant about it for the next three weeks she’ll start wanting to go, too! ;_; August 8th. that’s what happened with Minions. I introduced the idea two weeks in advance and kept acting excited about it until she broke down. XD

This week I’m feeling better physically! I’m training and it’s awesome!! XD Teammate and Syndicate’s assistant coach “Filthy” Tom Lawlor is in Chicago and will fight this Saturday! Man, I’m getting nervous. *_* I wrote a kick -butt interview with him! check it out!

So…. there’s this Reebok deal. I liked what Tom said in his interview. He gave his honest opinion without dissing it and being offensive. I hope nobody in Reebok or the UFC get upset because he’s giving pros and cons logically. As for me….
i will not give my opinion of the reebok deal
I’m afraid to say anything!

And then poor Stitch, famous cutman, got fired by the UFC!
feels so many feels
So……. you don’t publicly bash your boss on social media and expect no repercussions. It’ll either be very good (fans apply pressure and you get what you want) or very bad (you get fired). But he didn’t really diss Reebok or the UFC. He just spoke how it wasn’t fair he lost his sponsors … check it out here:
I actually started retweeting his stuff and sympathizing but now I’m afraid to say anything. :(
I hope Stitch works my Invicta fight!
roxy and stitch
He’s always nice to me, gives me a hug and a kiss on the cheek and speaks Japanese to me.

And I might have an announcement! 😀

goku yes happy

Saturday&Sunday- Expo, kinda met Arlovski, Joanna’s seminar, UFC

Posted in friends, training on July 13th, 2015 by roxyfighter

Saturday morning I did BJJ with the gi! I haven’t done gi training in months, so this was fun and felt good! It felt different to be constantly pushing and pulling with the gi, so I felt like I got a good workout.

I actually had planned to do some kickboxing, but my back was hurting and I was tired and had stuff to do that day, so I decided to take a shower and go to the expo to get some signatures. I had a signature scavenger-hunt assignment.

So I was supposed to get signatures on posters from Chuck Lidell, Don Frye, Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, and then Frankie Edgar, Mighty Mouse, Daniel Cormier…

Dude, there’s only so many lines I can wait in in the span of an hour and a half! :( I checked the schedule for people available at 1:00 PM and everybody but Arlovski was finished! oh no. And despite being a fighter, I can’t cut lines.

So I met up with Celia, a facebook friend who sponsored me in my last fight by putting “Lemon Badger” on my banner, and got to chat with her while waiting in the Arlovski line. I had like 7 posters I needed him to sign, but technically we are only allowed to get the fighters to sign ONE item. Then we have to go to the end of the line.
roxy and celia
I was soooo nervous…..that A) I’m meeting Arlovski! B) He would only sign one thing

Finally it was our turn! My heart was beating. He reached for his usual signature card which I REALLY WANTED but I had other priorities. I said, “HI! 😀 😀 Would you sign my posters for me?!” He smiled tolerantly (I could barely see his face under his hat) and dutifully signed all of them. I let them flip back after he signed. Thank youuuuu. And then the staff lady took a picture of us but I didn’t have registered badge (I had a UFC guest pass) so I can’t get the picture ;_; and I was so nervous that I didn’t get Celia to take a pic with my camera. LIKE AN IDIOT BECAUSE SHE WAS RIGHT THERE HOLDING IT. ;____;

roxy and arlovski
Our only picture togetherrrrrrrrrrrrr!
celia and arlovski
I thought to get one of him and Celia!!! Thanks for helping me out, my friend!

Then met up with Katie who helped me out.
I met up with Ota-san, who traveled all the way from Japan to go to the Expo and watch the UFC! 😀 I visited his gym when I needed a place to train when I was going to fight Akano, who trained at the same gym as me- AACC. He was the leader there. So cool to see him again!
roxy and ota san

Then I split. I went home for an hour and then went over coach John’s with a few teammates and watched the UFC. Freaking amazing show! Robbie Lawler vs McDonald was amazing. And Conor and Chad? I was very entertained by that fight. Not the safest way to fight, but I fully enjoyed the showmanship. 😀 He’s got guts to do that. I loved it. Too bad Chad gassed a bit, but I REALLY respect him for stepping up for such a huge fight on two weeks notice, risking his record and career! I’m a new huge fan of both. 😀

Sunday I did yoga and then went to Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s seminar at Syndicate! (I guessed Jedrzejdyck for spelling and then had to look it up. I’m trying to memorize the spelling and am getting closer lol) She showed some GOOD stuff! I’m sad more people didn’t come, but it kind of got organized at the last minute and there weren’t posters around the gym. Well, sucks for you guys who didn’t come! 😀 I love her. I hope she comes back and trains for a bit after she heals up 😀 :D.
roxy and joanna groupse minar2

Then I had a girl’s night out and hung out at the Alehouse in Town Square with my fighterbuddy Hannah! We had girl talk and watched the UFC. 😀 perfect evening. haha
roxy hannah alehouse

I am really sore and tired from the seminar…we did take-down stuff which is really bad for my back. u_U But hopefully I’ll make it through today! I love Mondays!