Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

My Invicta 12 adventure

Posted in fight, friends on April 27th, 2015 by roxyfighter

I left Vegas and arrived in Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon. Another Vegas resident, fighter Raquel Pa’aluhi was on the same plane, so we got to chat a bit.

In the evening, I went grocery shopping with my TUF 18 buddy Peggy Morgan and her friends. We also stopped by sight-seeing spot Union Station. I wore my Naruto Ninja headband.
union station with peggy
On Wednesday, I was still by myself because coach John would arrive later. To pass the time, I worked out at the gym on the horrible squeaking eliptical machine and then went to Sea Land, an aquarium!
roxy at sea life
I learned lots about sea horses and I touched a Pencil sea Urchin! 😀 I also saw a guitar shark. I LOVE SHARKS, and guitar sharks are SO FREAKING COOL LOOKING!! 😀 😀 😀
guitar shark
WEIGHTCUTTING:
I had been managing my weight and food quite well. This is important and takes experience and guidance. Since the previous Saturday, I had been waterloading. That means drink over a gallon and a half of water a day. Basically, if you don’t feel sick, drink water. If you’re not peeing every 30 minutes, you’re not drinking enough. Also reduce salt since Sunday, and cut all salt by Monday. That means no salad dressing, no deli meat, watch contents of protein bars and other packaged foods. Then Wednesday night was the night before weigh-ins, I skipped dinner and stopped drinking around 3:30-4. Just a sip once when my mouth was like a sock, but my body was so conditioned to peeing, that I just kept peeing all evening and night and woke up light in the morning. So on Wednesday morning I was 136ish pounds fully hydrated. Wednesday night I was 133 so I put on a sauna suit and jumped rope and did elliptical until I put 131-ish. Went to sleep. Floated a pound and woke up at 129.5 lbs. Ate a handful of nuts and one orange slice and slept in and read until 12, when I hopped in the salt bath. Sit and sweat for 25 minutes, out for 10minutes. weighted myself – I was 128 lbs. Get back in for another 30-ish minutes, out for ten. 127 lbs.

John helped me in and out (I have bra and shorts on, obviously) so I don’t slip and fall and injure myself like that dude in the UFC who had to cancel his fight? Plus, you are really dizzy and lightheaded during the process. #lobster
But some say it’s easier than sauna because your head isn’t cooking…
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In for another 20ish, get back out 126.1. Nooooo 0.1 pound over! But wait, there’s more! I peed and reached 125.9 lbs. HAHA yes.

I went down to weigh-ins and saw Amanda Bell jogging around trying to sweat out a pound. Ug, I used to do that. Exhausted and dehydrated, exercising? No thanks. But then again, she had dinner the previous night. Hey, she made it.

So my opponent didn’t make weight. Wtf
I know she weighed more than me because I snooped and saw her various weights. What was she doing all day on Thursday that she came in at 4 PM 3 pounds over weight? 🙁 Please. It’s hard for me to be mad at her because every time she saw me she smiled and waved. -_-;; I get some of her purse, but still. We have two main jobs – make weight, fight, and for bonus points, be extra entertaining to the fans, like social media interactions and interesting weigh-ins etc. which I don’t even think of as a job. I love fans. I did all of my jobs.

I dressed up like Naruto Kyuubi Mode!
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It’s near the end of the series where Naruto powers up with Nine-tail’s chakara – his most powerful form! I think I looked fantastic. John, who doesn’t know the series, said I looked like some Bruce Lee in a yellow jump suit. lol
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Food was good. We went to Bar Loui’s, and I got what I got last time – a pulled pork sandwich. 😀

Fight day, we hit mitts a bit to warm up, and then hung around all day waiting for 5:30 PM when we had to go over there. I always get a nervous stomach. It sucks so much. ~_~;;;

John wrapped my hands.
john wrapping my hands

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I loved my locker room … Peggy, Amanda, Katja, Ediane – I know them and feel comfortable with them. WE ALL FREAKING LOST. wth ;_; Like, bad luck locker room.

I fought really hard. I thought it was really close. I didn’t think I got overwhelmed. In the first round, I think it was close but I might have eeked it out. The second round, she took me down and got on top in guard. She did zero damage from there and I worked for submissions, but you know, nowadays when you’re on the bottom, you’re losing in the eyes of the judges. She also rocked me once pretty hard striking, but I didn’t go down. I figured I lost the second round. In the third round, I wasn’t sure who won it. I think I controlled the pace and pressure and landed a lot, but she also landed more leg kicks and took me down once or twice?

When the fight ended, I didn’t feel like I’d lost, but I guessed the judges might give it to her by split or majority decision. I was surprised to lose unanimously. Geez…

I made some tactical errors. I should have tried to stand up from guard because it kind of wasted my time. But who knows?! I might have pulled off a submission! and I was able to rest a bit on the bottom. If I had opened my guard and tried to kick her away, she might have passed my guard. I shouldn’t have done a spinning back kick without setting it up – John always scolds me to set it up first.

I think John blames himself for some things, but no no no , I won’t have that. I will never blame my coach for something like that. *I* am the one in there making the final decision. They can yell all they want, but the fighter has to do it or not do it. I get mad when fighters blame their coaches.

(stole some collage pics from Katie Spoo)
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collage of roxy from katie spoo

The only reason I would have to blame my coach is if, weeks ago, I said, “hey, could you teach me and practice with me?” and he either says “no” or ” yes” but then never makes time. Or he doesn’t come to my fight when he could have easily. John always made time for me, flew to Kansas to corner me when he could have stayed home and cornered other team mates, gave me emotional support…. He’s the best.

I felt so awesome in there…my head was clear and I really felt like my ability improved since the last time! What a cool, satisfying feeling! Dude, I was checking leg kicks, and when I fought Andrea Lee in December, I didn’t know HOW to check kicks. I mean, I “knew” but had no reaction ability. Thanks to my training and Team Syndicate and John.

Vanessa fought really well and hard, and so did I. I accept this loss but I know that I have it within myself to beat her. I just couldn’t last Friday. And I’m sorry. But the support of the fans has been overwhelming and welcome. I’m so glad that my fans don’t turn on me when I lose. Thank you.

Here are some pics I took from Combatpress.com
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I hit her in the face a bunch, but my face is way more f*cked up than hers. That makes me angry. 🙁

Holy leg-muscles, Batman!

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-_-; *sigh* I dieted down from my comfortable walk-around weight so I could make weight… I wonder if she did? Whatever. It’s hard to be mad because she was pretty nice to me whenever I ran into her. lol But I’ve never been embarrassed to go outside because of black eyes before. And in the past, my mom didn’t live with me so never had to look at me all banged up. I hate this. I don’t want my mom to look at me and I can tell she’s upset, so I’ve been hiding in my room. Whenever I look in the mirror, I get angry. I’m not sure where my Tussle shirt is “I’m not abused, I’m an MMA fighter.” so I’m wearing my Fightchix shirt that says “Fighter.” lol

With my fight money, I wanted to visit my dad in Boston, buy a massage chair, and buy a new iphone because mine sucks. :/ I’ll have to nix the last two and just go for the more immediate need of iPhone. *sigh* I got some nice sponsorship (mainly from fans) this time! Thanks, guys! You help me pay the bills! I want to fight on the July card but I don’t know if there’s space. 🙁 I might have to wait until fall?

Please petition Invicta to let me fight in July in Vegas! haha

Once my ankle, knee, and face stop swelling, I can’t wait to get back to practice.

Oh, thanks to my friend and former training partner Steve and his bro and student for driving a ways to see me fight!
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And my fan/friend/sponsor Katie also came from quite a distance!

So my motto is “Smile anyway” and “Smile and carry on.”
Even if you are not happy, smile to acknowledge the positive things. The very least of which is: You are alive. Therefore, you have the chance to improve and grow.

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Give yourself credit for the effort which brought you this far. Give yourself credit for your courage. Give yourself credit for your ability, even if it wasn’t enough.
katie spoo after fight
My sponsor: “The Void” is a Facebook group that was made to motivate and encourage people. https://www.facebook.com/thevoid.lifestyle Pls check it out, guys, and “like it” if you want.

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!! http://invictafc.com/roxanne-modafferi-the-happy-warrior-reborn

and I have fire around my glove. XD
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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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http://okashiconnection.com/
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 wins..it’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. http://www.douglasfruit.com/
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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.
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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. 😀 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.
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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.
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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 😀 moving on.

For manga, I’m reading Terra Formars. It’s good. And scary. And dark.
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(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! 😀
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. removeitrestoration.com
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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! 😀

We went to SkinnyFats, my new favorite restaurant. 😀

group pic with remove it restoration
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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.
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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. 😀 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. 😀 YAY so nice.

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

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Hannah is so pretty. *_*
Let me just take this opportunity to shamelessly promote her gofundme account for training funds….
linky: http://www.gofundme.com/k8kld0

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.

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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.

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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!
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*pant pant*

anyway 😀

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. http://www.dragondo.com/They 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.
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Yesterday was great kickboxing training. I love it when our resident Muay Thai champion Chaz Mulkey teaches us stuff.
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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.

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Imagine me screaming “SUBMISSION IS OUR MISSION!!” That’s my sponsor, “Top Notch Fighter.” You can get their T-shirt here: http://www.topnotchfighter.com/

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
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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

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Looked good. Hannah Got a steakation, but I didn’t get a pic of it, I was so busy eating mine. lol
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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. 😀

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 basilisk875@yahoo.com.

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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…