Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

Fight prep for my UFC fight, Motivation, Jurassic World, I’m a Jaegar pilot, misc

Posted in fight on June 24th, 2018 by roxyfighter

I have a phone date with my mother at 3 PM every Saturday.
This weekend I told her I was going to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with my bestie Serena.
“OH NO, WON’T YOU BE SCARED!?” she cried. I was startled at her extreme reaction. I mean, it’s not a horror movie…it’s just Jurassic Park, rated PG-13.

Oh Mom. I’m old enough…… I already know when I should close my eyes! 😀 hahaha!

I know my mom is sensitive to violence, too. For example, when I knew that guy’s arm was gonna get bitten off, I didn’t need to look at that. That’s what being nearsighted is good for. I peeked over the top of my glasses so my tender brain wouldn’t have traumatizing images stuck in there. It was a blur, and I could see when the scene was over.

Serena and I both loved the movie.

There were really little kids in there, and that kind of upset me…. I think many images will frighten youngsters. 🙁 Especially near the end with the little girl? Well, I share my mother’s views of censorship. I know others don’t, so I’ll leave it at that.

I’m glad I have Serena as my movie buddy and buddy in general. It’s so great to have someone who’s a fighter with the same interests and can give me REEN ADVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE when I need it.

Anyway, last week was pretty good. It’s always difficult when my head coach John isn’t around, being away cornering and all, but I felt like my other coaches and trainers really took care of me, so that was nice. I usually have zero motivation to do kickboxing when John’s not around, but I liked Rich’s class.

My teammate Jessy Jess lost a close decision in UFC Singapore. It was a great fight! She looked great.

I really feel like I’m fighting next weekend, but I have two more weeks. I’m fighting JULY 6th ON FRIDAY on the TUF27 Finale!
I think I’ve been trying so hard to be ready and prepared, that I feel ready and prepared. My physical trainer had to take an unexpected work trip this weekend so couldn’t be here for my usual session, but he left me an assignment. I felt so unmotivated and worn out on Saturday. (not because of him) *shrug* I just kept reminding myself that I had a great day ahead of me, and tried to be excited about it.

I know that once I set my timer and hit “go,” I’m on and train with 100% effort.

First, I went to Dunham’s and rolled with the guys for only 45 minutes. I really just wanted to have a little light fun since I hadn’t been there in a while, but I pretty much couldn’t do anything against men bigger and better than …. Oh well, I love jiujitsu and it was an honor to roll with talented black belts! Oh I rolled with Taylor Ninja McCorriston, who is smaller. My accomplishment of the day came from defending one of his leg-locks!!! He tapped me like 4 times after that, but I got out of one! 😀 haha


interesting….

This meme is accurate for me.
Evan himself taught me this cool way to maintain back control that I’ve been using a lot lately.
I was supposed to leave at 10:45 and arrive at Syndicate at 11, but there was an accident and I ended up arriving at 11:20, which SUCKED. ~_~;;

Well, I rolled at Syndicate’s open mat as much as I could. I got great training with Casey, Mike Pyle, and some others. G tucked his hand into his belt and rolled with one arm. I literally did not know what to do. I could not attack that arm because it was glued to his body. The other arm was keeping me busy somewhere. I could not choke him. He got me in half guard and I could not budge him. I could not untuck his gi lapels because his arm was pinning it all in. I was confounded. LOL

After open mat, Mike asked me what I was going to do next. “Conditioning….” I said, fixing my hair and getting ready to hop on the assault exercise bike. “You better get hyped up for that,” he said.
“I am not hyped up,” I said.
“What’s the alternative?” he said.
I didn’t even hesitate to reply, “There IS no alternative!”
“Exactly.”
And I proceeded to think of something positive about the situation, because that’s what my mama taught me.
At least I can listen to music. In the Ultimate Fighter, we weren’t allowed to have it to motivate us, and it sucked!
I put my Rob Zombie play list on and took off. It wasn’t fun, but I got it done. My legs WILL NOT get tired in my fight!!

Lorenzo had trained me for a three round fight last time, and I did a five-round surprise title fight. Lorenzo is the man. I can hear his voice in my head telling me to peddle harder.

The other day, I went up to Casey and said, “I have to go do burpies now, but I don’t want to. Please tell me to go do them.”
“F*CKING GO DO BURPIES!” he immediately cried out.
“OKAY!” I said, and ran over and did them.

I’m good at forcing myself to do what I need to do, but it’s really really nice to have people I look up to just be there for motivation. Thank you.

Thanks, Rich, for holding mitts for me and running my shark-tank fight prep. Thank you, Chelsea, for always being here for me! You’ve been really helping me.

I’ve been training a lot with JoJo (Joanne Calderwood). Thanks for pushing me and challenging me! We had a fun little 3 vs 3 episode on Friday with Chelsea…

I feel like Coach John has been away forever, but it’s only been seven days.
I’m trying not to be nervous about my upcoming fight. I know fighters have been cut from the UFC for two losses in a row. It’s weighing on me….. but I can’t worry about it. I just have to remind myself why I fight. I fight to prove I can do the techniques I’ve been training in live competition, and win. And smile.

“I want to create a world where everyone can smile and live together. A symbol is necessary for that to happen. A symbol of peace.”~ All Might, from “My Hero Academia”

A few fans sent me some lovely gifts from my amazon wish list! Thank you Jim! These supplements will last months, and everybody needs a little Dragon Ball manga in their lives. Thanks Julie, for the tea, and Katie! And the combat docket guys! I really appreciate the support and love.

Monique, an artist, drew Serena and I as Jaegar pilots from the movie Pacific Rim that we love so much! IT’S SO GOOD! OMG I love it! Thank you!

Serena and I did a parody video about doing the Fusion Dance in Dragon Ball Z! Watch it!

Thank you, Teri, the best massage therapist in the world, for keeping my body healthy and ready to train and fight! I can’t do without my 30 minute massage every Sunday!

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non-Reebok sponsors? details, My parent-child BJJ class, training lately, Food poisoned! My fight!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19th, 2018 by roxyfighter

Yesterday, I did my second parent-child jiujitsu class, and it was fantastic!

I had been forgetting to announce the event after class loudly, so I was afraid people wouldn’t know about it and wouldn’t come, but I think we had even more parents than the last time, plus a few repeats! I’m so happy! It seemed like everybody had fun, and the parents got to hear my whole spiel I give before class about never fighting outside the gym, never fight angry, what to do if you are angry, etc, all the good Jedi/ martial arts stuff I always say. 😀

In reality, I believe this is the most important thing I’m doing with my life. Children are the future of the world. We have to raise them well and properly, be good role-models, and be good people for them.

We practiced the scarf hold down, transitioning to north south, wheel-barrow races, and I was going to do knee-on-belly or armbar from north-south, but we ran out of time. That’ll be a good set up for next time.

About this time, I’m putting feelers out and asking for sponsors for my fight, to put logos on my clothes, etc. Well, I’m not allowed to do that in the UFC. We can only wear Reebok, and our pay is set. I’m not going to complain about it because I made the ‘championship’ amount for my last fight, which was very good. A lot of fighters lost money but others gained money, so it’s mixed. I am grateful to get anything, and the Reebok clothing quality is good. So thank you, Reebok. I think I fall under the “three fight tier” for my next fight because my TUF fights don’t count, which sucks. If you count TUF fights, I’ve fought for the UFC 7 times!
https://www.mmafighting.com/2017/12/22/16812880/ufc-alters-reebok-sponsorship-earning-tiers

I’ve formed a lot of great relationships with sponsors in the past, and made friends with all of them. I’m not even sure what I should call them anymore…sponsors, fans or friends? Rob from Aardvark Painting in Washington State, who I lovingly refer to as “Robvark.”

Eric and Beth and family from Remove it Restoration. http://removeitrestoration.com/

Bill K and family from My Consumer I.T., who still sponsors my blog. myconsumerit.com

Jack and Jan who I met while running stars walking by the Keno section at the Orleans!

My fan-now-great-friend Patrick. 😀

Celia “Lemon Badger”

Michael Culver!

I was looking at some teammates who have restaurant sponsorships and feeling a little jealous, but my great sponsors send me periodic gift cards to Trader Joe’s so I can get my groceries, and “food” for my car Lee, in the form of gas gift cards, supplements, movie cards, tea, socks (haha I have over 200 pairs now).
John from Top Notch fighter, https://www.facebook.com/topnotchfighter/, Howard Fidler http://howardfidler.com/, the Combat Docket guys, The Krilly family, Katie, “Passive Jay,” Bonny, Eric from Combat Law https://combatsportslaw.com/, Dominate your Game my nutritionist , and so many more.

The relationships I got out of asking for sponsors is worth more than their weight in gold, while of course helping fund me to follow my dreams. Fighters make chunks of money at once, but we have to stretch it for months and months of not fighting in between, and if we’re lucky, think about putting some away from after we stop fighting? Most fighters can’t even think about that. I’m so happy and grateful for my sponsors, fans, and friends.

I’m just going to post my amazon wish list here: https://amzn.to/2ISuejP
The shipping address is to my gym, Syndicate.
As I just stated, I love meeting people so feel free to shoot me an email, as well: basilisk875 at yahoo.com
People are telling me to “go out and get sponsors,” but I’m not sure how to do that. I’ve contacted local businesses, sock companies, and some others, but didn’t get any bites. I’m not a gamer so I can’t do Twitch, and anime production companies have no reason to want to give me money. So if anybody has any ideas or suggestions or CONTACTS (most importantly) please email the above email address.

Last week I got food poisoning at a party from eating chicken that had been left out in the sun. I didn’t even think to wonder how long it had been out there. I didn’t think! It was in a bowl on the table, so I just ate a piece. Serena got food poisoned, as well. 🙁 I started feeling not great in the beginning of practice on Monday and I hoped it wasn’t food poisoning, because this had happened to me before, where I ate something Sunday afternoon and felt it Monday afternoon as it passed through my intestines. Around 2 PM on Monday, I broke out in a fever and chills. I managed to get through my 4:00 kids class somehow half delusional, and then was floored all night and the next day. Tuesday consisted of me sleeping on and off, watching Star Wars Rebels season 3 in between while I was awake.

I love this series!

I also watched a lot of Dragon Ball Super. I hate cliffhangers always associated with that series, so I waited for a lot of it to come out and then binge-watched it in chunks. Finally Friday I watched the last four episodes together! OMG IT WAS SO EXHILARATING AND INSPIRING! I loved Vegeta’s fight against Toppo, how he said he would power up in his own way without throwing away the things in his life, and then slugged him in the face.


I saw that battle and then went to training and was so psyched up. XD That was Saturday, I think. Man, I was so excited. That anime is really special to me because I’ve been watching it since I was 14 or so. It was one of the things that inspired me to not only do martial arts, but become a fighter. That anime taught me by example to always get back up and train your butt off. Training is hard and hurts, but you have to do it, and the results are worth it.

It felt like I was out of training forever, but it was only two days. I kept telling myself that I wasn’t going to lose all my stamina in two days. Thursday I felt not great but my coaches and everybody said I looked good.

Friday was good, but a challenge, because I still felt blah from food poisoning. I did my shark-tank fight prep, then a private grappling lesson with Mike Pyle, then conditioning with Lorenzo. I wanted him to drive me hard but hoped he wouldn’t because I felt like crap… he did middle. He’s so perfect. THIS IS WHY I stick with Lorenzo as my physical trainer instead of running to the UFC Performance Institute like a lot of other Vegas UFC fighters.

Remember how you got to where you are, and who got you there. I am Team Syndicate!!

Saturday I did Syndicate open mat gi and no-gi. I’m back to 100% totally. I got to work some moves Mike taught me, roll with Casey and Mike, and then spar some light MMA with Chelsea. More like medium-hard. haha Thanks for the work, Chelsea! Mike coached me a bit, which was nice, because John was elsewhere. Then I did a few rounds of kickboxing before calling it a day. Thanks, Casey, for always teaching me important details and for always being there for me.

Where do I get my awesome Dragon Ball clothes from?
https://www.justsaiyan.co/
They also have Naruto, Attack on Titan, One Punch Man, and My Hero Academia! 😀

Saturday afternoon, Chelsea and Serena and I went out to lunch and that was nice. I then had my usual phone date with my mom at 3:00. I watched The Flash for the rest of the evening!
Sunday I did yoga, got my Teri massage, went grocery shopping, and watched the Flash. I’m in the middle of season 3.

Oh, Friday night we threw a surprise party for Coach John at his house. One of my teammates distracted him by taking him out to this Star Wars virtual reality walk-through while we all showed up at his house. Good job Mama Wood for planning the food and prep.

My fight is soon! July 6th! I’m so excited.

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