Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

My Otakon anime convention experience!!!

Posted in friends, fun on August 13th, 2018 by roxyfighter

I had SUCH A FANTASTIC TIME at Otakon! It’s one of the top five largest anime conventions in America! I thought it was the largest, but upon Googling, I found that it’s beaten by Anime Expo and a few other…UNIMPORTANT ONES.

You see, I went to Otakon in high school with my group of friends! Special thing 1: It was my first time in my life having more than one friend at a time, so doing group activities was the best thing ever. Special thing 2: Flying from Massachusetts to Baltimore Maryland was my first time flying by myself. Special thing 3: I made and wore a Chichiri necklace. 4: I felt like I belonged, when anime wasn’t popular. I was shy to admit liking Dragon Ball Z. I was shy to wear my one Dragon Ball Z T shirt. The only place to get posters was in China Town.

This pic is from 2000. I was 17 years old!

The second year we went, I took a road trip with my friends, driven by Mrs. Bailey, which was my first road trip without my parents.

I never went again because I just didn’t have the time nor money.
Then, one lady who followed me as a fan invited me to be a guest and do a demo at Otakon Las Vegas! It’s a smaller convention, and I asked if Serena could help me. It happened and was great, on a small scale. Then I got invited to THE BIG ONE in Washington DC, which was pretty much what I had gone to, except it outgrew the Baltimore Convention Center it was at years ago!

SO this means 18 years later, I got to be a guest! They flew me and Serena out, and we put on a demo, accepted volunteers to try the moves we taught, and then we sparred hard, all while wearing Vegeta and Goku clothes. WHICH IS THE COOLEST THING. Most people in my gym don’t understand how COOL it is! But everybody at the convention did!

THEY ARE OUR PEOPLE! hahaha Before I was a fighter, I was an Otaku, which means “obsessed with anime.” “Cosplay” means “costume play” and is a Japanese made-up word which has entered our vocabulary.


The demos were a great success!
People gave us great feedback. Everybody was really into it. We had tons of volunteers, tons of questions, and fight fans with really intelligent questions, comments and heckling when we sparred. lol


Before and after our demos and panels, I walked around in my Naruto Kyubi Nine-tails mode costume.

I had people asking to take my picture, just because of my costume, not because I was a fighter. Hah! That was new. A few people did a double take and were like, “Wait…. are you Roxanne Modafferi? IN COSPLAY?!? OMG” hah that was great!

I saw this guy dressed up as Naruto Berserker mode. HE HAD TAILS. And hair. I went up to him and said, “Hi! Can I get a picture with you?”. He looked at me, his eyes opened wide, and he said, “AWWW SH*T!” He was just as happy to get a pic with me! (because of my costume) We just geeked out together and it was fantastic. He was telling me about making his costume and all.


I decided ahead of time that I would go and get as many fangirly pics as I could. This meant running after people. They literally passed me, I looked at Serena, and we literally sprinted up behind them. Haha I chased Obito and Madara, Kuzco, Alex Armstrong, Vash the Stampeed, and the Dino.

We spotted two guys in dino suits randomly battling, and people made room and took pictures. Normal.
Some guy dressed up in a SPiderman suit started attacking a guy in a Vemon suit. Everyone made room and took pictures. Hey, cool! Normal stuff. 😀 I LOVED IT!!!

The guy who cosplayed Vash had a really nice smile. *_*

Nikki and Lydia made sure we got where we needed to go on time, and even treated us to sushi! You guys treated us so well. Thank you! I’m so glad to have made friends with you along the way! 😀

I didn’t really see any other panels, shows, or things. I was very interested in the anime music videos, but they were all at inconvenient times. :/ Bummer. That was the only thing I really wanted to see. I didn’t know any of the other guests. Oh, we saw a Distant Worlds concert! They play the music for Final Fantasy. THAT WAS SPECTACULAR! I have a bunch of Final Fantasy songs on my computer and iPod and I never even played the game. They are just so beautiful!

The actual trip there was long and tiring, but the event was great. 🙂 We got home Sunday night! Thank you, Otakon, for having us!

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My seminar at College Park MMA in Maryland!

Posted in fight, friends, fun, training on August 2nd, 2018 by roxyfighter

College Park MMA owner and all-around awesome fellow Josh Peters brought me out to do a seminar!
Great gym with a great atmosphere, great schedule, great people! I can’t say enough about them. If you’re within driving distance, check it out!
https://www.facebook.com/collegeparkmma/

Only one student came to my kid’s class, so she got special treatment.

She kept getting distracted by Josh’s dog barking by the door. lol Oh well. Kids! It was adorable.

Before that, I got to drill and roll with Josh. He’s a super-skilled black belt. He taught me worm guard. 😀

I’ve been avoiding delving into that realm, but I guess I’m good enough to learn it. haha I still get smashed every time I try to use it live, though. Maybe I should try it out on my teenage students first. That’s what they’re there for, right?

I had a slightly irrational fear that, being a brown belt, I wouldn’t be able to teach the class something he wouldn’t already have taught them, but that didn’t seem to be an issue in my MMA seminar. 😀 Thanks for supporting me by helping everybody, and being my uke demonstrator, Josh!

The adult’s class was great. I even had a fan and long-time acquaintance on twitter come and participate, who had never done martial arts before! I was super impressed. It was a four-hour class! It was cool to finally meet him in person! He gave me socks! 😀

Everybody gave 100% effort, learned a lot, and had a good time. We chatted and I answered questions. I got to roll with some people. Everybody from pros to practitioners of different styles of martial arts to hobbyists came! It was so great to meet good people. I was so happy to see people picking up on the technique. I hope everybody acquired at least one thing they really like and can use from now on. :

Some people wore Dragon Ball Z and Attack on Titan clothes because they knew I was also a fan! SO COOL! 😀


WE ARE SO COOL OMG

ahem.

Lots of people got “the frame” down! Best thing Coach John Wood ever taught me. One of the best.

After the seminar, CPMMA member and my new friend Cat became my chaperone and took me to Fight 2 Win, a grappling show. Thanks for getting me tickets, Josh! Before that, we stopped at WAWA and I got a burrito. OMG WAWA!!!! XD So amazing.
Ya’ll don’t appreciate Wawa until you can no longer go to a Wawa. 😀

I really enjoyed watching jiu-jitsu with other people who loved jiujitsu. I nearly fell asleep in my chair, though. #roxalepsy

Sunday morning I was so tired…. a good tired, but yeah. I was considering visiting Ryan Hall’s school, but it was far, I was exhausted, and promised the CPMMA ladies I’d go to their open mat. Before that, Josh took me to Brookside Gardens! It was so beautiful, and nice to see vegetation I am familiar with. I live in Vegas but I’m from the east coast. I grew up in Pennsylvania. It felt kind of like home….Thanks, Josh!

I had time to stop by open mat for a bit before heading to the airport to go home. Short and sweet trip!
Thanks to everybody who bought my book on Positivity! (available here: http://roxannemodafferi.net/RBlog/store/books/ )

Thank you, everybody, for showing me such love and hospitality!
I’ve had several other gym owners express interest in having me out for seminars. Email me at basilisk875 at yahoo.com!

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The week after my fight – BJJ, teaching & pics, MMA awards pics, plans, Jerkypro, SkinnyCow

Posted in every day, fight, fun, training, Ultimate Fighter/UFC, Uncategorized on July 16th, 2018 by roxyfighter

My week after my fight was pretty great.
I ate a lot and gained three pounds. 😀

I did a lot of gi jiujitsu. I literally cannot make it to Syndicate’s gi classes because they’re either ridiculously early, or during my kids class. I love Dunham’s BJJ Academy, (which I can only make if I leave early :/ ) and I love making friends with the guys there! You guys are fantastic.
(Sorry, Syndicate)
It wasn’t exactly giving my body the rest it needed from the stress of weight cutting and fighting, though. :/ I wasn’t injured, though, and what I wanted MOST of all was to do gi.

There’s a big jiujitsu tournament at the end of August…I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it. I’m not sure I CAN because I’m not registered as a brown belt due to stupid technicalities which I’m not going to even get into here. -_-;
I SHOULD train gi every day to prepare for it, do extra grip training, etc, but I just can’t compromise my MMA training that much. I still need to maintain myself and grow, and plus I have training partners who need me to help them train for fights and stuff. MMA is an individual sport but you need a team to take you there.

Sorry I keep ranting about the gi jiujitsu thing. I feel so strongly…. I’ve had multiple dreams about my frustration of wanting to do more. LOL oh well.

MMA is so unique and crazy. It’s like another dimension mentally for a fighter when they get in there, and I hope my blog gives readers a little bit of an idea.

So getting back to my week, I calculated how much money I spent on only private lessons between January and June and it was around $7,000. I was paying four different trainers cash every week! And their fees are reasonable. But it paid off in the end. My growth rate for skill and strength was high, and thankfully, my last payday in the UFC allowed me to afford it. I’m still not rolling in the dough, though, so I gotta be careful now.

I’m mentioning it because it illustrates how fighters don’t just go to MMA class every day. We have to do strength and conditioning specific to our needs, mitt sessions where the coach improves our personal skills, and I think grappling privates are less common than mitts, but they shouldn’t be! Mike Pyle and Casey helped me SO much with my top pressure game and guard game. I was super confident going into this last fight.

Last week I treated myself to a lesson with Rene Lopez, the head morning instructor at Dunham’s. We did breaking the lasso guard, passing spider, and stack passing. Rene is such a great teacher.

I did it on Saturday at Syndicate against a high level guy and I was like…

HECK YESSSSSSssssss
I blurted out, “omggg THANK YOU FOR LASSO-ING ME! I WAS WORKING SO HARD ON THE PASSSSSSSSSSSSSS”
He was like, “Uh…sure…”
Maybe he let me…. that’s probably it. Oh well, I’ll just be happy. lol

I did Syndicate MMA class on Wednesday because it’s grappling themed. I always avoid strikes to the head for one week after my fight. I didn’t get a concussion this fight, but Barb did hit me pretty hard a bit, mostly the first round. I bruise super easily and only got a shiner, so that shows something.

I have to take care of my brain, right? So yeah, Wed. was nice, and then Saturday I did open mat and did light sparring with Chelsea in the cage, and also some Muay Thai open mat. I haven’t done that for a while.

I missed my grappling buddy, Chelsea! We have the best scrambles. XD I’ve missed you!

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The Reen! With her Mega-man shirt and showing off her mega-muscles. LOL
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The SkinnyCow ice cream guys sent me a box of goodies and some free ice cream coupons as congratulations for my win! Thank you so much! I’m discovering even more flavors than I knew about previously! Which is all part of their plan to HOOK ME ON THEIR PRODUCTS. I can see right through you social media guys. Well you know what? It’s working. -_-; Show them some love on social media, guys! Their products are lower calorie than average, so check them out at your local supermarket! Walmart has their products, for sure.

My teammate Natan ninja-photoed some pics of me in the kids class! I’m rolling with one of my students, and then profiles of me and Coach Rick.

Oh, the week of my fight on Tuesday, we went to the MMA awards!

I got to sit with The Reen, John, and JoJo. I got to meet Big John McCarthy, Rashad Evans, and Justin Gaethje!


Also my interview and story I told about Big John was played on the big screen during his Lifetime Achievement award! I was super excited about that!

I wish I could fight again ASAP but we fighters have no control over getting fight offers. :/

I want to plan my yearly trip to Japan but I have no idea when I’m fighting next!
OH I’m doing a seminar at College Park Mixed Martial Arts in Beltsville, Maryland, on July 28th! For more info and to register, go to http://www.facebook.com/collegeparkmma!

aaaand here’s a random picture of Reenzilla.

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My UFC fight in TUF 27 finale against Barb – before, during, and after

Posted in fight on July 8th, 2018 by roxyfighter

I am aware that there are two different layers of voices in my head – my conscious voice and my unconscious voice. I’m good at controlling my conscious voice and making her say positive things, such as, “You’re strong. You’re ready to fight! You have been training hard for so long!” The unconscious voice often whispers things that we can’t always identify, but it makes me feel certain ways. Earlier this week, I realized that I was feeling anxious about my upcoming fight, more than usual. Something felt off and I wasn’t sure what it was. I guessed it was something my dang unconscious was whispering but I couldn’t quite make it out.

Every time I lose a fight, I try and make some kind of change so the same negative results won’t be repeated. “Only the insane repeat the same thing and hope for a different result.” So despite me telling myself positive things…I always tell myself positive things. I realized I was worrying…. I mean, this was BARB Honchak, the person who choked me out seven years ago. I had been wanting to rematch her for SO long! For longer than some people’s MMA careers! If I had a child when my mom had me, it would be seven years old. So…my desire for a rematch is as old as a small child. hahaha
It was my DREAM for YEARS, to someday fight in the UFC and, hey, wouldn’t it be SO cool if we fought each other in the UFC? Hahaha that would never happen. Then OMG TUF 26 happened and we were both on it. WHAT IF WE FOUGHT? So now it’s actually happening. whoa…. what if I choked? She could absolutely knock me out, or submit me or ground and pound me out. She’s ripped and so skilled. She was the former Invicta champion.

So that’s what my unconscious voice was whispering to me. Then I started freaking out….I feel good but what if my HEAD isn’t right for this fight? They say the mental game is important. What if I’m not thinking what I’m supposed to think? What if I’m psyched out and then lose because I’m psyched out? Am I psyched out?! I never get psyched out. I started freaking out as to whether I was freaking out or not. hahaha I couldn’t tell because it’s never happened to me before. I’ve never wanted to fight somebody for 7 years before.

So Coach John had a ten minute conversation with me that totally straightened me out. He really is the master. He reminded myself that I had to not only have confidence in myself, but have pride in my efforts. I really have been training non-stop, SO hard, on specific things to improve ever since Dec when I fought Nicco.
It’s funny he said the word “pride” because the first thing I thought of was Vegeta, who always is very proud.

But he is strong because he trains his BUTT off.

John said that having pride in myself is different than being prideful, arrogant, or narcissistic. I have to KNOW that I’m stronger, KNOW that I’ve improved, KNOW that I have the skills, because of all the effort I’ve put into it.

I do SO many other things on top of normal MMA classes. I’m not even going to list them all here.
I’ve done so much. I’m tired every day. I fall asleep at 9 PM every night.

So then I knew. Barb went from this big, looming shadow over me, to a woman, a fellow fighter who had skills comparable to me, who I could beat. I told myself consciously all day long that I could won, but suddenly, two days before my fight, I believed it. I really believed it. I believed it in my heart. I was going to hit her hard, tackle her to the ground, get on top, and ground and pound. I wanted to do it – so much – and I believed I could do it.

John was pretty busy with two other fighters fighting that weekend, Mike Chiesa and Francis Ngannou, but he was always there when I really needed him. It was great of Mike to come with me to get my gear and sign posters during fight week, and also checking up on me.


Casey also. I’m so grateful to have them as trainers. I felt so strong with them behind me.
and Lorenzo!

My Invicta Roxy Posse came! Rob and Sheryl, Candy and Luz, Katie, and Justin! It was great seeing them again! <3
Fuzzy’s Post-weigh in dinner

I loved running into other TUF 27 contestants. I’ve been watching this season and I liked it a lot.
Luis Pena “Violent Bob Ross”

Brad Katona!!

We spotted each other in the hall and started fan-girl/fan-boying out at the exact same time over each other. hahaha
He was like “ROXY!” I was like “BRAD! OMG!” Him: “Can I…” Me: “….HAVE A PICTURE?!” XD

So….I got permission to wear a “blond wig” at ceremonial weigh ins. 😀 It was spiky and I wanted it to look like Goku’s hair from Dragon Ball Z. After I took off my shirt, I yelled to “power up and go Super Saiyan” and then faced off against Barb. IT WENT SO FLAWLESSLY!!!

I looked so cool. At least, I thought so, AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS because my mama taught me to like myself and not care what other people think, so there. This way of thinking is how nerds and dorky people get through middle school. XD

For my official weigh-in earlier, I did a Naruto ninja hand sign. 🙂 Apparently Israel Adesanya did a whole series very skillfully…I respect that! I saw a video and he looked bad-@$$! I didn’t know he was a Naruto fan! so was Luis and Alex C. We had a cool convo in the room before weighins.

Here are some fight pictures.

July 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Barb Honchak moves in against Roxanne Modafferi during the TUF 27 Finale at Pearl Theater. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

July 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Roxanne Modafferi throws Barb Honchak to the mat during the TUF 27 Finale at Pearl Theater. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

July 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Roxanne Modafferi pins Barb Honchak to the mat during the TUF 27 Finale at Pearl Theater. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

July 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Roxanne Modafferi moves in with a hit against Barb Honchak during the TUF 27 Finale at Pearl Theater. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

July 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Roxanne Modafferi lands hits against Barb Honchak during the TUF 27 Finale at Pearl Theater. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

July 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Roxanne Modafferi pins Barb Honchak to the mat during the TUF 27 Finale at Pearl Theater. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

July 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Roxanne Modafferi is declared the winner against Barb Honchak during the TUF 27 Finale at Pearl Theater. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

July 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Roxanne Modafferi reacts following her victory against Barb Honchak during the TUF 27 Finale at Pearl Theater. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

I’m trying to make the smile and thumbs up my trademark pose.
Inspired by All Might. He is a super hero who tries to be everyone’s pillar of peace and justice, and smiling reassures people.

Anyway, I’m so so relieved I won. She hit me a bunch of times, mostly in the beginning of the first round. I wanted to try and take her down SO badly, and I was able to. When she went in and clinched up with me, I was like, “Ooooo! I’VE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR THIS MOMENT!” and I didn’t choke. Everyone said I did some mid-air reversal hip-throw magical flip thingie. I have no memory. I just remember digging for the underhooks, feeling her weight, lifting my leg, and doing something Judo-esk. It’s funny, I’ve been training wrestling SO much, but Judo always comes out in my fights always, because I have a good sense of where people’s balance is. I think she tried to outside-foot trip me, but I ….spun around and stepped backwards. I thought I uchi-mata-ed her, but let’s examine:



So yeah.

Anyway, I no longer have to be stressed about being cut from the UFC for being on a losing streak. I can actually think about my next fight and my future! I can finally get paid enough to put money away for the future! 😀 Last night I bought two pairs of dress shoes to replace the two that broke, a battery pack to replace one that broke, and two anime t shirts I don’t need. There ends my fight-money shopping spree. XD My desire as a martial artist to do in live combat what I practiced in training has been fulfilled! I used my physical strength, as well! And my teachings from my awesome teachers! Thank you John, Mike, Casey, Lorenzo, and others who have helped me along the way! Shout out to some other teachers and training partners who have helped build me into the fighter I am today: Captain, Rene, Evan Dunham and gang, and Rich, Chelsea, Serena, and JoJo! Thank you! I am grateful to you!

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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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