Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

speed blog: fight prep, friend’s fight, movies, mitts etc

Posted in amusing, fight, friends on April 16th, 2015 by roxyfighter

These weeks have been busy!! Last week I hung out with my friend and assistant coach from The Ultimate Fighter 18 Shaine Jamie! He’s a wrestling coach from Washington State who Miesha and Bryan brought in to help coach. He is visiting Vegas for a week.
miesha and shaine group

On Monday, I had training and two phone interviews.
Here’s a really cool interview that got done by Invicta!
They called me a phoenix!!

and I have fire around my glove. XD
happy warrior reborn fire invicta

I got a few more last minute sponsors for my fight! One is called “Okashi Connection!” Okashi means “candy and snacks ” in Japanese.
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The concept is that you buy a monthly subscription for $20 bucks, or is it $22, I forget, and they ship you a box with a pound of Japanese snacks/candy/treats once a month. COOL. I want that….. but the logo is cool and there are anime girls on it. I hope my fans order from them so they win and I win and the company’s a win win win situation. XD
Type in the referral code “Roxy” so I get credit for the introduction. and a $1 rebate off the first box.
A subscription makes a nice gift, too. XD

Another is Douglas Fruit.
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On Wednesday, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor held mitts for me because coach John is on vacation in Hawaii. I miss Coach. ._. But the poor guy never gets a long vacation because someone’s either fighting on the weekend, or has fight prep, or whatever. And his wife Janna is pregnant and they’ll be busy with their family . But he’ll be back for my fight and go with me, so I’m so lucky and grateful for that. Thanks, Tom, for helping me out. I enjoyed our mitt session. I liked the stuff he had me practice.
roxy and tom lawlor

Hannah and Serena (and Marcus and Patrick and Josh and Dominic) are all weighing in today. I’ve been helping them with the weight cut and dieting and stuff, and I feel like Mama Syndicate. lol I’m nervous! x_x But I know they’ll be fine! I’m just scurrying around preparing things for them. Hair situation, handled, Bath tub epsom salt, handled. Gosh, I appreciate John’s job more than ever now. :D Today’s supposed to be my last day of training. I’m gonna spar a little early and then leave early to help them weight cut.

Then I get to start worrying about myself more. I woke up at 135.5 for the past three days. That’s great. I want to be about ten pounds over 5 days before my fight so I’m right on schedule. I cut about 8 pounds of water weight.

I saw the movie Cinderella with Serena and Hannah on Sunday. It was sooooo nice! I really like how they added the theme “Have courage and be strong” that wasn’t in the original cartoon. And I like how they added things like Cinderella talking to the mice, but they mice weren’t super magical. Just a bit. And there was humor. SUCH A WELL DONE MOVIE. Good job, Disney.

Then I saw “Home” yesterday by myself with that alien and it drove me out of my freaking mind. I liked the plot and the voice actor for the alien was Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, who did a good job. BUT HE SPOKE IN INCORRECT GRAMMAR THE WHOLE TIME.
i has made gas
I wanted to strangulate the writers. Once or twice for effect is funny. DON’T TEACH OUR KIDS BAD GRAMMAR DAMNIT! “I has this” “we has that”. What are you, the “I has a cheeseburger” cat? I has to shove the script down your throat.
vegeta angry
I’m an English teacher. My ear and brain are conditioned to notice any bit of wrong grammar and correct it immediately. I couldn’t handle the movie.

ANYWAY :D moving on.

For manga, I’m reading Terra Formars. It’s good. And scary. And dark.
keiji mantis shrimp
(Keiji is the mantis shrimp MO operation human XD) ALL HAIL THE MANTIS SHRIMP!!! LMAO
And last night I wanted to destress but I was too wound up to watch Kenichi (fighting show) and didn’t feel like watching Cockroaches murder ppl, so I put on a repeat of Mushishi. I never watch repeats of anime nowadays…lol

All Your Base vid, funny post sparring pics, Easter meals,

Posted in amusing, every day, family and holidays, fight, friends on April 8th, 2015 by roxyfighter

I FINISHED our parody video to “All your Base are Belong to US!” MMA STYLE! :D
If you know the original, watch my video! If you need to see the original first, click on this link: link to original funny meme vid

Last Friday, a very nice family who owns the company “Remove it Restoration” visited Las Vegas.
roxy being choked by eric
We were taking pics and an amusing conversation ensued:
Eric: Do you want to take a picture choking me?
Roxy: Sure! *choke* *click*
Roxy: Do you want to choke me?
Eric: Sure!
Roxy: Do you know how?
Eric: Yes…. *choke*
Roxy: *gag*
*wife takes picture*

I then found out he had a black belt in Judo, and karate….that’s a rank higher than me! hahaha I think he’s second degree, actually? HOW COOL IS THAT?!?

They took Serena and I out for lunch. They sponsored me and have decided to sponsor Serena as well for our upcoming fights. It was so nice to meet them, and thank you so much for the support and happy, positive energy! :D

We went to SkinnyFats, my new favorite restaurant. :D

group pic with remove it restoration
roxy and skinnyQ
I got this “Skinny Q” flatbread pizza with chicken, onions and cheese and something else, I forget. It was lighter than I thought. Next time, I’ll get it in combination with something else. But super good if you’re on a diet. Which I was. So it was good.
selfie with remove it restoration
Thank you so much!

I twisted my ankle earlier in the practice. I should have listened to Vinny and not jumped straight into grappling sparring. Scared the hell out of me. So I took the weekend off and Monday went super light, and then Tuesday I was back to hard kickboxing sparring. Iwent on an hour-long driving odyssey to find proper athletic tape, and a box cost me $30. :/ I’m sooooo happy nothing serious happened. Being an athlete is so scary and stressful at times. At least if you have an office job, you can limp around or be sick or have pains but still do your job. However, if your body feels bad when you’re an athlete, your performance suffers and you can’t make money and survive….

Speaking of horrible injuries, congratulations to my TUF 18 buddy Julianna Pena for her dominant victory over her opponent in her UFC comeback. :D And win bonus. Yay money! What do you do if you can’t walk?!? And I hope my friend Heather Clark recovers from her ACL surgery fast, because she’s in the same boat – no full-time job other than being a professional athlete.

On Saturday, I went out for dinner with my mom! For the first time in 6 months! We sometimes make plans and then she cancels them, saying either her favorite TV show is on, or she doesn’t feel like eating out, or she doesn’t want to gain weight. It really hurts my feelings. Firstly, last time I checked I was more important than a TV show…. second, she needs to gain weight, not lose weight. It upsets me…but anyway, we just moved into a new apartment, so I managed to get her out to Chinese food to celebrate that and Easter. :D YAY so nice.

On Sunday, I went out to SkinnyFats (again haha) with Serena and Hannah.

stitch pic hanna and serena skinnyfats
Hannah is so pretty. *_*
Let me just take this opportunity to shamelessly promote her gofundme account for training funds….

We waited for Hannah for like an hour and a half to get out of church, but then said to each other, screw it, and ordered first. She would come later. Don’t mess with hungry weight-cutters.

hungry image anime2

I ordered what Serena got last time…”Slow Boat to China.” Chicken salad and slaw chee on a cucumber boat. Haha a boat! I love that.

slow boat to china 2

I wanted two, but again, dieting for fight. My fight is a week after my friends, but I want to suffer with them. Plus if you DIET AHEAD OF TIME AND GET CLOSE TO YOUR FIGHT WEIGHT, YOU WON’T MISS WEIGHT BECAUSE OF YOUR PERIOD OR INJURY-so-can’t-do-cardio etc etc. So diet, b***ches, diet!
angry anime girl gif
*pant pant*

anyway :D

I wanna give a big shoutout to Dragon Do Fight gear for sponsoring me this next fight! Please…..check out their site, recommend it to friends, buy something and say I sent you…lol. actually have really comfortable clothes and high quality stuff! I’m impressed, and I’ve tried on a lot of stuff. Oh yeah and that guy standing next to me is pretty cool, too. dragon do sponsor show off
The other day, he hurt his elbow so he was holding mitts for me one handed…..that was super cool. Such a skilled coach.
sparklie eyes fangirl

Yesterday was great kickboxing training. I love it when our resident Muay Thai champion Chaz Mulkey teaches us stuff.
chaz mulkey
What, you think he looks scary…? You are correct. LOL Half of us don’t go to his Muay Thai classes (including me :{ unfortunately) so I’m sure he gets frustrated, but he’s patient and just explains things easily to understand. Thanks!! :)

And…..I love taking pictures, but there are only so many smiling-fist-up pictures you can take before it get BORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRING.

I can’t stand being BORRRRING so.. I like to mix it up. XD And my girls go with it.

post sparring pose
Imagine me screaming “SUBMISSION IS OUR MISSION!!” That’s my sponsor, “Top Notch Fighter.” You can get their T-shirt here:

And….Hannah and Jamie orchestrated this one. LOL I don’t know what’s going on. Serena and I were thinking Sailor Moon and then suddenly, they were upsidedown. Hannah’s foot and Serena’s expression crack me the hell up every time. XD XD LMAO
weird post sparring pose

SkinnyFats w/ Miesha, Serena, Hannah, sponsors, All YOUR BASE

Posted in amusing, fight on April 1st, 2015 by roxyfighter

Training for my fight April 24th against Vanessa Porto is going great. I’m so excited! I can’t wait!!

Last Sunday I went out for lunch with Miesha, Serena, and Hannah! It was fun! We went to SkinnyFats. I like the fact that they have outdoor seating. Of all days to misplace my Skinnyfats hat! I found it after I got home. :/ My weight is good so I didn’t have to cut carbs, so I got this chicken over waffles dish called “Rosemary Jane.”

rosemary janeLemon-rosemary grilled chicken over a protein waffle, however they do that! She got “Slow Boat to China” which was chicken salad with slaw chee on a cucumber boat. Hah! a boat. With teriyaki & spicy yo-aioli sauce. serena boat to china

Miesha got “Berry the Steak,” which is flatbread w/shaved NY strip, feta, goat cheese, arugula, blackberries & balsamic.
miesha at skinnyfats

berry the steak
Looked good. Hannah Got a steakation, but I didn’t get a pic of it, I was so busy eating mine. lol
ladies at skinnyfats

Moving backwards, Saturday was great practice. I taught my teen’s MMA class and then did a bunch of kickboxing sparring. I sparred with fellow Invicta Fighter Liz McCarthy for the first time in ages and holy hand speed! She’s like literally twice as fast as before. I know she’s been doing private lessons somewhere else. LIKE LIGHTENING, I kid you not. I want to see her unleash that in a fight pretty soon, please. :D

And I can feel the improvement in my partners Serena and Hannah and Kalecia! They’re training hard, and training full-time at Syndicate MMA helps. Doing mitt work with Coach John Wood? Oh yeah. Their movement, combos, everything is better.

I’ve been posting a lot of pics lately thanking sponsors. Sponsors really help us out with gear, clothes, and sometimes financially. We fighters who aren’t in the UFC don’t get one huge sponsor, we get a lot of little ones. Every little bit helps! We are really grateful and if we can thank them publicly to get some consumer eyes on their brand, we love to. Fighting is such a catch 22. We have to train full time hard to become a world-class fighter, but training doesn’t pay the bills. It’s not fair. lol And it’s not Invicta’s fault- they only have so much money. It’s just the way it is. I’m still looking for financial sponsors for my next fight in Invicta 12. I don’t want people to think I’m desolate-on-the-streets poor, though. A few fans have reached out to me and I’m putting their names or logos on my banner or fight clothes for a little cash. That’s so awesome. :) If anyone else is interested, email me at

kalecia hannan roxy serena sponsors
Here, we’re sporting logos of Remove it Restoration, Dragon Do Fight Gear, Fightchix who has been sponsoring me for something like 8 years!! <3 <3, and Aardvark Painting. (Robvark)

Lastely, there’s this video that came out when I was in high school that I’m revisiting. It started when I found my old music CD burried in boxes, and “All Your Base are Belong to Us” came on. If you haven’t seen it, watch! If you have seen it already, watch again! It’s so freaking funny! And I will make mention of it in the days to come…

training, Teens MMA, Key the Metal Idol anime, fans, Alehouse UFC, my fight!

Posted in every day, fight, friends on March 23rd, 2015 by roxyfighter

Last week was great! Except I pulled my back doing too much wrestling on Monday, so I suffered all week. x_x I’m impressed I did all the classes and trained so hard. Good job, Roxy. *self accolades*

Saturday was good, too. I did conditioning in the morning, then taught my teenager’s MMA class, then did kickboxing sparring. Two teens came, and one of them was new! Not new to the gym…I’ve seen him in jiu-jitsu. My three regulars didn’t come. If all came, that makes 5! (I can do math) but I’m excited it’s growing. I just want to add one weekday. Dillon said he’d join but then left the building and never came back. -_- I was bummed…I want to recruit him!!

teen class 3

teens class 3 sparring

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Our sparring group! :) I sparred with this new guy, and was impressed that he hit me firmly but not enough to knock me out. I asked him later, “You must have sparred with girls before?” Hahahaha he admitted that he has…sometimes a 125lb-er went to his former gym. Dude, I get it. It’s not easy to hit a girl if you’re a guy, or know how much power. It takes …practice. lol Thanks, man!

I’ve been watching Key The Metal Idol, this anime I started in high school like 14 years ago but never finished. I found that streams it legally for free, so yay! It’s about this girl who’s a robot and wants to become human. Her grandfather, who built her, told her she needed to make friends with 30,000 people and borrow their power, so she traveled to Tokyo and tried to become a pop star to get fans.

That kind of stuck with me after I went pro, because I love making friends with my fans. Some of my best friends now used to be fans who sent me an fanmail and I replied and we talked and bam. Friends. It’s easy. You, too, can email me and we can be friends. lol

But anyway, yeah! I always thought about this anime when I made friends with my fans….

but my little dream world was horribly shattered into a million pieces as I continued watching the series. What a confusing mind f**k of a series. It drags out and builds mystery after mystery until you are confused, and then in episode 13 (out of 15), two people have a conversation which “explains” all the mysteries all at once. I actually had to pause it because it was way too much information and it confused me more. Dude….maybe the TV ratings were bad and the show was gonna get canceled so the boss said, “We have exactly two episodes to wrap everything up.” It was bad. and STUPID. The answer to the mysteries were NOT COOL. Main characters I liked DIED horrible deaths. omg wtfff X_X;;; I’m super pissed at that anime. I almost wished I had never finished it.

key pic

Late 1990s anime were weird…. Serial Experiments Lain, Excell Saga, FLCL, Evangelion, Key, etc….

/end rant

I think I’ll continue Kenichi, the World’s Mightiest Disciple. I want to be John Wood’s Mightiest Disciple. hah.

After sparring on Saturday, I went to SkinnyFats and enjoyed a super huge delicious meal called the MEGA HEALTH CLUB. omg….

skinnyfats mega health club2

I watched the UFC in the Alehouse in Town Square with Hannah and Serena at night.
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Sunday, I was soooo tired. But I spent half the day moving boxes into our new apartment. x_x My thighs and calves are in good shape from conditioning! My knees are not happy with me, though….

Oh yeah, I’m fighting Vanessa Porto on Invicta 12 April 24th in Kansas City. XD

Here’s an article about me…..that I actually wrote myself in the third person. I wonder if people will notice. I tried to not be unprofessional or anything like that.

Oh yeah, one more thing. I made a video slide show briefly showing all my 30 fights in my MMA career in 5 minutes…. it’s pretty cool!

Great restaurant SkinnyFats! I went and was “happy”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 18th, 2015 by roxyfighter

I stopped by a restaurant called “SkinnyFats” today. My friend Heather Jo Clark (TUF20 contestant and now UFC fighter) first took me to the one on Dean Martin drive last year.
skinnyfats dining area

She loves that place because it has healthy but also naughty food, depending on if you’re watching your diet or not. :) It’s kind of cool how they have the menu laid out: Healthy or “Happy.” hah
happy healthy menue

I like the smiley faces all over the place.
roxy skinnyfats happy face

“Live Healthy” is their motto. That fits with me, right?
front regi pic skinnyfats

Today, I had already packed a healthy lunch for after training of chicken breast, veggies and a Fiber One bar, so I just had a cookie at SkinnyFats. A humongous, delicious….oatmeal raisin cookie. Time to get happy. :D They also have tea! and smoothies and juices.
skinnyfats tea

Naturally, I would only eat half. That’s the sensible thing to do. Except that my weight is good and I don’t have a fight in the immediate future…..
cookie skinnyfats
I put the half in my car glove compartment after leaving the restaurant. By the time I got to the post office, that half was half gone.

Needless to say, that cookie never made it home….

There’s a SkinnyFats at the intersection of S. Durango and W. Warm springs! Less than 5 minutes from my gym Syndicate. And for those of you just traveling to Vegas and want to try it, there’s another one just off the strip. I just checked…. a 5 minute taxi ride from Mandalay Bay Casino/Hotel, for example. :D