Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

Conor McGregor last week, this weekend was a fight trip with Serena

Posted in fight, friends on April 16th, 2018 by roxyfighter

So I had a really hard practice last Thursday…my head wasn’t into it. I had done a jiu-jitsu class at Dunham’s, which was freaking amazing, and left early to make it back to MMA sparring at Syndicate. I didn’t really feel like doing MMA that day, but helping Serena train for her fight was my motivation. I had a horrible performance but made it through. I had showered and was rushing out the door, when I heard Serena talking to Mama Wood (Coach John’s mom) and say, “He’s okay, he wasn’t injured at all, but Mike…”

Um, WHAT?! Why would he be injured? Somebody said Conor McGregor broke a window in a bus and glass cut up his face.

…..my brain could not even processes that information. It just couldn’t. I think I muttered, “What the heck” and then kept walking out the door to my car, leaving Serena and I think JoJo to follow me in a few minutes. John being okay was extremely important to me, so as long as he was okay, I’d process the rest later. I had just been in fight mode for the past four hours and was utterly exhausted. After I dunked myself in the cold plunge and recovered, as well as my food digesting, my thought process started activating again.

WHAT THE HECK. McGregor did WHAT? He sneaked in through a back door and threw a dolly through a window of a bus, and shattering glass cut up MY teammate Mike Chiesa so that he wasn’t allowed to fight, glass went in Ray Borg’s eye so HE couldn’t fight, and Artem was part of the episode so HE wasn’t allowed to fight. Plus their three opponents. That’s six fighters who trained their butts off for months who won’t get paid, won’t get fights, have their career advancement halted, etc. I heard reports that Ray won’t be permanently damaged…I hope.

Glass in the freaking eye? Dude, what if someone went blind? McGregor was after Khabib….so he attacked a whole bus and involved innocent people? That’s disgusting and criminal and a felony. I want to hear his statement on the matter, but it doesn’t really make a difference because he committed the act, right? Dana White condemned the heck out of him, and like 5 minutes ago I read a news article saying that he’s changing his stance and ““We talked,” or something, Mr. White told reporters at the UFC 223 post-fight press conference. “I think that there’s a mutual respect between us and obviously this week, I had so many things thrown at me. To focus on this show was insane. We’ll get back and we’ll focus on Conor McGregor.”

Whatever, man. He makes so much money for the UFC of course they can’t ditch him, even if he did criminal things. Just don’t dare call him a martial artist.

Okay I wrote that last week and never posted it.

I still enjoyed watching the rest of the card. We invited some friends over, including Andrea Lee and her husband Donny, who were in town! How cool! 😀

This past Thursday, I flew to Great Falls, Montana, with my teammate Serena “The Southpaw Outlaw” DeJesus for her fight! She’s been fighting for about four years and has an amateur record of 5-2. The rounds are 3 minutes long. Back in the day when I debuted, there was no amateur, and I had horrible striking skills and fought other not-well rounded people, got a horrible paycheck, like $100 flat for my first fight. Haha It’s not like that anymore, and it shouldn’t be like that. Professional fighters are well-rounded, strong, and conditioned. They have to have their diet figured out, be able to make weight, and be able to deal with the stress and emotions of getting into a confined space and battle another human being.

Serena works SO hard constantly. I’m so proud of her efforts leading up to the fight, and her performance in the fight.
So we flew out Thursday and landed in a blizzard. Just great. *eye roll* Oh well! We got settled in our SWEET hotel room that had a kitchen and fridge and everything! She got interviewed by some TV station and the promotion, we went grocery shopping, and then we started her initial weight cut.

She looked great!

We woke up Friday morning….I worked out in the beautiful fitness center while she slept in. Then she cut the rest of the weight. It sucked a lot, but she got through it.

Coach John, and also her parents arrived around noon. We finished her weight cut, and I ate BBQ with John. I NEVER GET TO EACH DELICIOUS THINGS when I travel, because I’m usually the one fighting and cutting weight, so I was so so so excited! It was delicious!

She weighed in, and we went to eat Pho. Then we did the ceremonial weigh-ins in the Cowboys Bar and she faced off against her opponent Kelly “Skittles” Clayton, who is a super nice person.

My friend Bonny and her family drove a few hours to see us! I’m so grateful and happy! Thank you!

We hung out a bit after Serena’s weigh-ins, and Saturday morning when Serena slept in, I hung out with Bonny and family a bit in the morning. I actually felt super sleep-deprived all weekend from getting back late, so I was super tired despite not having trained. Well, I lifted weights, did squats, core training, and the elliptical, but that doesn’t really count. Does it? ^^;;

I’m glad Serena got a lot of rest. She would fight as the main event, at like 10:30 PM. Dang! Well, at least thanks do the time difference, it was 9:30 PM Vegas time. Or so I thought. What time did she actually fight? Like 11:30?

She went out there and put on a great show! Controlled, calculated brutality and violence. Kelly was super tough and it was a very close fight, but Serena landed just a little bit more and got the unanimous decision!

I was taking out my phone to take, what I hoped would be the victory pose, when Lorenzo, our physical trainer, texted me, “????????” Haha, I thought, how did he know to text at just this moment? Just wait 60 more seconds and I’ll tell ya.

Then this happened.


Yay! I didn’t know this before, but she is the first recognized autistic professional fighter. She said there had been another guy but he retired already. So that’s means she’s not the first? Well, whatever, she’s one of the only ones, and she’s amazing and has to deal with more than the average fighter due to sensory issues and her brain being wired a little differently. I was so thrilled to be there for her, support her, and be asked to be in her corner while she realized her dreams!


Thanks to all the fans out there who send good vibes, love, and support, and especially sponsors who donate cash or products to help out both her and my journey! <3 Thanks for flying me out, Terrill! I am their flyweight champion, after all, which I'm so proud of and honored to fight for them!
We all look so tired in this pic. haha it’s like 12:30 AM here. Dang, Fusion, start the fights earlier! But thanks for having us out!!

fights, jiujitsu, training race, updates, Sarah is visiting

Posted in every day, fight, friends, training on March 20th, 2018 by roxyfighter

I’ve been feeling frustrated and burned out. Every day I come home in the evening not having the mental energy to even watch TV. I just want to sleep and not be tired anymore. I’m tired of running stairs twice a week and doing burpies and tons of physical training.

For me, life is a race to see how much I can get done. Training is a race. I always need to do as much as I possibly can in a day to get better. Who knows how much time I have left to fight, or train? Or walk? Or live? I could lose my leg tomorrow and never train again! Live in the day like there’s no tomorrow!

I think it’s a combination of my beliefs and my Modafferi blood. There’s a fire burning inside me (that only goes out when I get food poisoning LOL) to GO GO GO. Modafferi’s can’t relax. lol

I’m in fight shape, near fight weight (FIGHT DIETING FREAKING SUCKS)

I found out I probably won’t offered a fight date for a while. Yesterday I was upset. I went home and ate a mini refried bean burrito. (it’s sad when a tiny amount of carbs is your cheat meal. I know I would have nightmares if I did more! I had one a few days ago where chocolate was pouring out of my locker!) But then I thought about it. There are so many positives! I HAVE A UFC CONTRACT! I’m so happy and proud and honored! Thank you!

They want me to fight again!!
Last year in 2017, I fought SIX times! I won 1 by armbar, 3 by TKO, and lost 2 by close decision.
My training has made me stronger and better so far! I’ve never felt so strong and healthy. As time goes by? Pppffftt the world will be like….WHO IS THAT?

haters I don’t have haters, but doubters will be like, “I thought she sucked!?” And I’ll point to my sherdog record that says “KO” and say “um people who suck don’t KO people by accident in the UFC.” 😉

At least the fight date doesn’t coincide with my bestie Serena’s fight April 14th. (She’s fighting in ICF/ Fusion Fight League in Great Falls, Montana! Go watch!)
At least I can go to my step brother Peter’s wedding May 5th.
At least I’m not broke so I can live off my previous fight money longer.
At least I have the best coach I’ve ever met, aka Big John Wood.
I’m working out the jiujitsu situation….I think it’s improving.

Speaking of jiujitsu….I REALLY WANT TO COMPETE GI.

Recently, I rolled with BJJ champion Tammi Musumeci (link embedded) and felt like a white belt again. Literally. I’m decent at passing De la Riva guard, so I approached her and the second she sunk in her de la riva, my knee turned inward and she was taking my back.

So after she tapped me out and I stood up and approached her again, I thought “Okay I’m gonna turn my knee OUT really hard and she’s not going to be able to take my back….” and suddenly I was being swept and mounted.

It was amazing.

I know that I’m only going to get better because I’m going to figure out how she’s doing that and learn from it!


Thanks to Casey and Rene for being good teachers, too. CASEY CASEY I did what you said yesterday and it was working, as did something Rene said.

aaaah. I feel like I’m neglecting to keep in touch with some of my friends, I’m so tired and busy.

Three of our kid students competed at the open house on Saturday! I’m so proud of them! The Dunham jiujitsu kids were tough! Eli and Artem finished their opponents


and Aleena had a tough match against a strong girl, but did well. She overcame some fear and insecurity to fight the second match, for which I was very proud of her.
<3

My buddy and training partner Chelsea got her stripe at belt/stripe promotions a few weeks ago, and I helped by being her partner.

I’ve got your back, girl. 😉


Chelsea in turn has been helping me with my wrestling private lessons!


Rick Davis has been helping me out with jiujitsu by rolling with me after Monday and Tuesday’s class. I’M TRYING SO HARD TO MAKE TIME to train. But I think he injured his elbow in a minor car accident so I dunno if we’re gonna roll for a while? But I saw him rolling with Phillip in class yesterday… *sigh* He’s just like Lorenzo (my phyisical trainer). “Oh I got bitten a scorpion and couldn’t walk for a few days. No problem, I’m back today.” omg you guys.

Sarah McCann, native New Zealander living in Japan, is visiting us for a week! I’m enjoying having her here, and I think she’s getting a lot out of training!

I’m watching some Overlord II and I really like the Lizardmen. I wish they alone were their own stand-alone anime.

I rewatched the last 3 Jurassic Parks to refresh myself before the new one comes out in the summer.
I’m watching Godzilla vs Mothra. Hide the drapes and turn off the porch lights, Celia! LOL (inside joke). It’s slow paced, so I watch it near my sleep time so I fall asleep after five minutes. haha So I’ve been watching this movie literally for two weeks, five to ten minutes every day. x_x

Thank you for sponsoring me the new gloves, Kristy Crilly! 😀 <3 <3 <3
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I wanna fight! Fantastic training, stronger, Transformers, sponsors

Posted in every day, friends, training on March 4th, 2018 by roxyfighter

I had a really really great week!

I woke up on Monday feeling energetic, and just “on,” you know? I had my plans set, I was excited for them, and it turns out that I had a lot of success. My brain absorbed the info, my body produced results, for the most part. It was awesome! 😀 The previous week was a bit of a struggle. Just…various things stressed me out. I struggled with techniques, had a problem in my kids class I didn’t know how to resolve, etc, and I had a BUNCH of fight flash backs during training.

I’m hesitant to call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because I know people in the military have it far worse, but it was something to that effect. When someone is in a high stress situation and bad stuff happens, it stays with you and comes back in flashes. For example, a training partner was taking me down….I knew that if I hadn’t gotten taken down in my last fight, I might have won the decision and I might be UFC champion right now. So in that moment in training, I fought the takedown so hard, thinking “I’m gonna defend it!!!!!!!” but I got taken down. And internally started freaking out. My emotions shot back to the fight, and I was there, under the lights, when they announced the winner and my hand didn’t get raised. Crushing defeat swept over me. I had to go collect myself in the corner before I could roll again. Or when I had that armbar locked in on my training partner, in the same position during my last fight, and I was pulling on the grip, trying to break it…waBAM, I was suddenly back in the cage, with twenty seconds left! If I had armbarred her, I would be the champion right now, but I couldn’t get it. A tsunami of agony and sadness washed over me from the fight months ago. Or if I’m in guard and somebody starts lifting me off the ground, I freak the hell out because I’ve gotten KO-ed by slam TWICE.

As you can imagine, I drill the snot out of those techniques, and I’m pleased to say I am now way better at the arm bar from various positions. I’m harder to take down because I’ve been drilling defenses, and I never let myself get lifted anymore.

Thank goodness I still have a chin. I can’t imagine going into a fight knowing that I can get easily knocked out if a single punch lands…. These are fighter problems, guys. :/ I wonder what other fighters with a lot of experience have to deal with. These flash-backs of mine tend to fade with time. Or maybe that’s because I’ve fixed those problems. I mostly think about the negative instances in my most recent fights. A few weeks after the fight is the worst. I remember trying to hit mitts with John after fighting Sijara and really struggled to hold back tears, telling him “If she only hadn’t taken me down!” and I was afraid to throw a punch for a while.

SO that being said, that was two weeks ago but last week was amazing. Every Wednesday, Coach John teaches me a new wrestling technique for MMA that I specifically need, with Hannah as my partner, and I try hard all week to apply it.

This past Thursday I used it to take down someone I normally struggle to take down, and I was so happy! I also got a lot of, well, relatively a lot of gi training in. I can’t take classes anymore (which kills me).

I’ve been doing technique with Casey twice a week between mitt sessions and MMA class. This is in tune with the old saying, “Don’t find time, make time. ” I got to roll with youth trainer Rick after the big kids class, and he taught me a few things. I didn’t get neck cranked at all on Monday! 😀 YAY! He likes those. He got me with one on Wednesday and this armbar from the crucifix. He then taught me and then I got it on somebody in MMA sparring class on Thursday!

I was so psyched! I immediately texted him and was like…

My jiujitsu trainer Casey has also been spending a lot of time coaching me and watching me spar. I’ve been landing the stuff HE has been teaching me, too! A few times this week, I scampered over to his office after class, with crazy post-training hair, and reported success….

Haha.

I also free rolled with some people for the first time in like two months and they all said I was twice as strong as the last time.

I better be stronger! I BETTER be freaking stronger! I’ve been working so hard at it and sacrificing other things for it. I’ve sacrificed my gi jiujitsu training. I’ve been meeting Lorenzo, my physical trainer, double what I normally do, making myself go to the Performance Institute, obsessing myself with making sure every day something is sore from working out but not TOO sore that I can’t function. If my legs aren’t sore, I make sure I do burpies or stairs that day. If my arms aren’t sure, I do something about it.

IT SUCKS. It’s not fun. I dislike physical training. Wrestling makes my neck and back hurt. I have to ice bath constantly. A fighter is pretty much uncomfortable for every day of their fighting lives. So to hear feedback that I was stronger and better was amazing. I pretty much was floating on the joy of the praise for a few days. However, even thought I know I’m stronger, it doesn’t mean I’ll be stronger than my opponent. I was never very strong or athletic to begin with, so maybe I’m just average now. I can’t worry about that, though. I can only do the best I can possibly do so I can fight my hardest and sleep well at night knowing I couldn’t have done any more.

OH OH OH So on Friday I had a session with Lorenzo and he had me flip a big tire…it was bigger and heavier than the last one and he said “you killed it!” I went up a tire size! YAY! It did make me a little tired, though.

hahaha get the pun?!?

I got to meet one of my sponsors, Bill and his family, who were visiting from Texas. They’re the ones who own the I.T. company My Consumer IT. They treated Serena and I to a delicious steak dinner. I really enjoyed getting to know them. Thank you for that, and for your support! 😀
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Kids class is great. I taught them about sweeping. We just drilled the concept of hooks and sweeps. Artem always gets it fast!

My buddy and apartmentmate Serena finally has a fight set! April 14th in Great Falls, Montana, in Fusion Fight League!

She’s looking for sponsors, so usually a company or even a fan sends some cash and she prints a logo on her shorts or fight banner and does social media shout-outs. email serenasouthpaw@gmail.com for inquiries!

I finished watching the Transformer Prime series! I REALLY really liked it! I never watched the original Transformers (I was a girly girl at that age) but when I was a teenager and became a tomboy, I got REALLY into Beast Wars, and then Beast Machines. I think the following series was intended for younger audiences so I quit watching. Then I heard about Prime and got into it.

Dude, the battle between Predaking vs Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus was one of my most epic animated fight scenes I’ve ever seen! They used guns, swords, a hammer, an electrified whip, stalactites, other rocks, fists, and kicks!



My car, Lee, needs a new Exhaust Manifold. ;_; I got it diagnosed on Saturday but they had to order the part so I gotta bring it back Tuesday. >_< I watched The Black Panther with The Reen today. It was pretty good! So I really really want to fight but I keep being told I'll get an offer "soon." This is the life of a fighter. I don't get to control when I fight. I dieted down to a weight where I can take a fight on a week's notice, and I'm in decent enough cardio shape for it, too.

Amanda “The Lady Killer” is visiting this week! and I got food poisoning

Posted in friends, fun, training, Uncategorized on February 24th, 2018 by roxyfighter

It’s been a busy, unusual week!

Amanda Bell has been visiting for the week. I first met her at an Invicta a number of years ago, and became friendly acquaintances. Keep an eye out for her fighting in Bellator!

We had this special moment together after we both lost our fights…. I had just fought Vanessa Porto in Invicta 12, in 2015, one of my toughest losses. My face has never gotten so swollen. I was so angry that my mom (who I was living with that the time) had to look at her daughter like that. I posted this picture and wrote “It’s so important to keep smiling no matter what.”

We followed each other on social media and kept running into each other at events. We talked about training together some day, and we finally made it happen. It’s been great not only training, but hanging out, and getting to know her more.

Last Sunday, actually, after my yoga and massage session, after I came out of the grocery store, my car wouldn’t start! 🙁 I used AAA to tow Lee to American Auto and Tire, one of the only autobody shops in Vegas open on a Sunday. (Thanks, friendly skateboard tow truck dude for stopping by my apartment first so I could drop off my groceries. >< Instead of seeing Black Panther with Serena, I sat in the repair shop all afternoon and paid $500 to get my starter replaced. :/ Oh well. I stopped to get food on the way home because I was starving. The staff seemed rushed and understaffed, but I was impressed how the cashier kept his cool and was always polite. Unfortunately, I think they rushed cooking the chicken because I got indigestion that evening. We picked up Amanda at the airport that night!
Then we took her to Skinnyfats, one of our favorite restaurants.

Monday, I had my usual mitt session with John and felt kind of crappy. Throughout MMA practice, I felt gradually worse and worse but forced myself to finish, realizing near the end that I had food poisoning. By the time I got home, I was down and out with a fever. 🙁

I couldn’t get coverage for my kids class, so I dragged myself to the gym and did the best I could with Serena for the 4:00 class. Rick couldn’t teach his 5:00 class, so I actually got Amanda to teach because she has experience teaching kids classes! There were only 4 kids because of the holiday, but that’s even harder! This is me laying down while she was teaching in the other room. ;_; Thank you so much, Amanda.

Tuesday I didn’t have a bad fever but still felt horrible, so I dropped Amanda off to train and then went home and slept. It sucked for me. 🙁 I’m glad she still got good training! I tried to watch movies but kept falling asleep and got a headache. Oh well, at least it wasn’t an injury. I felt a little better by the afternoon and even better by evening, so I wanted to at least take a walk.

I took Amanda to the Orleans Casino to play DDR, only to find they replaced it with that Korean machine with the dumb diagonal arrows! I don’t like it as much. :/

We played that, Mario Kart, and Transformers Prime!

We eventually got buzz sawed to death by Starscream? x_x

I then showed Amanda around the Luxor because she casually mentioned being interested in it. 😀 From there, we “found” the Las Vegas Sock Market and she bought me a gift of socks. XD

I ADORE SOCKS!!!!!! But I don’t need anymore, so please don’t send me anymore…. I have over 250 pairs by now, probably! 😀 I should do another fan guessing game with prizes. haha

So I found these Trump quote socks!

And posted on Instagram, “Haha funny socks.” Oh boy, I got people saying “F*ck Trump!” “Roxy’s being negative, I’m so disappointed in her” “I’m going to unfollow you.” etc

Come on, guys! You CAN’T SAY those socks didn’t make you smile. 🙂

I’m always so sensitive about controversial topics, I tried not to write anything inflammatory. I just posted “FUNNY SOCKS. HAHA.” I didn’t say ANYTHING political. I didn’t vote for Trump, but I certainly don’t wish him ill. I’m not going to make fun of him, but I will certainly laugh at something funny. *shrug* Geez. These socks crack me up every time I look at them. Just smile!

We watched the Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie on Netflix! It was really good! They did a great job stuffing the basic contents of 38 episodes into 3 hours. I thought the casting, acting, and effects were really really fantastic!! Roy was as bad-@$$ as he was in the manga! (okay I just got distracted for 10 minutes looking at pics online XD)

Anyway, Wednsday I was back to normal. Thanks, Amanda, for helping me with my wrestling session. Then I did the grappling class, then I did strength and conditioning with Lorenzo. It was actually a mentally and emotionally exhausting day for various reasons.
Kids classes were good.

Thursday my body was hurting in unusual places from the physical training, but I got through sparring. I didn’t get to do certain techniques I wanted to, but I did some others from previous sessions I had been working. So… 🙂 next time!

We dragged ourselves to the UFC Performance Institute afterwards and I got us in to use the cold plunge and hot tub for recovery.

Do you see how I skillfully used camera angles and overlapping to hide the fact that none of us are on weight and ready for bikini season yet? XD

haha
Then, I went to pick up my lunch box in the cafeteria. When I came back, my friends were GONE. I opened the steam room to check it and WHOOSH.

More blind than usual.

Friday, we kind of took it easy and did yoga and cardio. I taught kids.

Today is our last day together! For now!

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busy, eventful week, Fear the Fighter shirt, training

Posted in every day, fight, friends, training on February 18th, 2018 by roxyfighter

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Last week had ups and downs!

I got kind of frustrated with a few techniques that I learned and couldn’t do. However, I remind myself – be thankful that I got through those times of failure, because I have to fail a bunch of times before I can succeed once.

I didn’t feel on the top of my game Monday or Tuesday, but I got through practice and did some stuff. I’m grateful for great coaching and great training partners. Serena was sick all week! 🙁 I missed training with her. Thanks, Chelsea, for helping me with my wrestling and jiujitsu private with Casey.

You’re a great training partner, and I’m glad we made friends! 😀 <3

On Valentine’s day, I got some chocolates and Valentine’s from my kid students! 🙂 I’m so happy and I feel loved!

Oh, a mystery fan send me roses and chocolate and poem! 😀 How sweet! Thank you, mystery fan!

I got to hang out with my friends Jack and Jan on Tuesday. We had a very nice dinner together! It was so nice getting to see them again when they come to Vegas. Thank you for the nice Valentine’s Day card, treats, and gifts! Lee, my car, gets a treat, too! 😀


I’m so fortunate to have great people in my life.

I’ve been training so hard this week. If something isn’t sore, I do some kind of exercise to make sure it gets worked and gets sore. lol In my down time, meaning when I lay down before I pass out with my shows still on, I managed to watch the movie Lucy, and a few episodes of Hozuki no Reitetsu. I’m on the last season of Transformers Prime, but it’s taken me a week to get through one 30 minute episode, because I get about 5 in before I fall asleep.

Saturday morning before open mat and kickboxing, I got to roll with Captain at the UFC Performance Institute! Thanks for spending time with me! I miss him a lot. We don’t get to see each other that much anymore since he’s training elsewhere now. I don’t miss his side-control-of-death, though. x_x (This is my ‘mean’ face. It needs work!)


Kickboxing group!

I’ve been trying to support Alexa in her fight training! She has a fight next month against Carina Damm!

I love training with her, and I want her to win her fight!

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