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Roxanne Modafferi reveals biggest regret of career: ‘I was afraid I was never going to get another chance’ – MMA Root

Roxanne Modafferi reveals biggest regret of career: ‘I was afraid I was never going to get another chance’

Roxanne Modafferi may never have won a UFC title, but she still had a career that many of her fellow MMA pioneers would envy.

The Happy Warrior competed 44 times in the 18-year race that began in the early days of MMA. Women’s MMA was only on the brink when she first laced up her four-ounce gloves in 2003, but Modafferi was determined to make a career out of her love of martial arts and ended up fighting under virtually every famous women’s banner. her nearly two decades in the sport, from the early days of Smackgirl and HOOKnSHOOT to more modern promotions like UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta FC.

Alas, this pioneering race is coming to an end. At the age of 39, Modafferi recently announced that her fight at UFC 271 on February 12 will be her last fight.

And while she has had many ups and downs, Modafferi walks away with one real regret for her time in the sport – a regret that dates back to 2012 when she clashed with rival and former training partner, Takayo Hashi. at the Jewels 18th Ring in Japan. Modafferi ultimately lost by unanimous decision in the joint overnight tournament.

“In the match I mentioned, Hashi, I hurt my knee,” Modafferi recently reported. MMA hour“And then that very day I got an offer to fight her. And I wanted this fight offer so badly that I said yes, believing that my knee would recover.

“But that did not happen. So I kind of rode a bike for a month as a battle camp. And then I walked in and I had a terrible fight and I was afraid to step on my knee. So I’m sorry about the fight. I just wish I was afraid that I would never have another chance to fight her, so that’s the only thing I regretted. I was stupid. I shouldn’t have fought this fight. But other than that, I think I have no regrets. “

For a participant who has been in the game for as long as Modafferi, retirement with only one regret is an enviable position.

From the moment she started, Modafferi’s main goal was to one day fight in the UFC. It’s a goal shared by many of her peers of her era, and which seemed impossible for most of her career, but Modafferi ended up being one of the few pioneers of female MMA who stayed there long enough to see this come true. Her swan song against O’Neill will mark her 12th performance in the Octagon, and Modafferi even had a chance to compete for her first UFC women’s flyweight title in 2017.

But nervously, nothing could compare to the feeling Modafferi had in 2003 when she was dumped to the wolves as a foreigner in Japan for her professional MMA debut.

“I remember being nervous and surprised,” Modafferi said, “but I was ready because I said to my sensei,“ Someday I would like to fight, ”and he’s like,“ How about next month? “And I thought,” Oh. ” Like, he didn’t even know me, he just said: “Oh, foreigner who wants to fight, let’s throw her there.” So I fought and was very nervous.

“I thought,“ Am I going to become a monster? Like, will the fire flare up in me and in my soul? “I didn’t know what to expect, so my music for the weekend was this heavy metal … and then when I won I thought,” I think I am me, I think I am the same person. ” … It was funny. “

Modaffery’s first-round submission victory over Hikaru Shinohara at Smackgirl: Third Season 7 in 2003 set the tone for what was to come in Happy Warrior.

But it wasn’t until six months later, after scoring two more victories in Japan, that Modafferi truly knew being a professional fighter was her calling.

“I said to myself, have three fights and then commit,” Modafferi said.

“Then I allowed [my parents] know after three fights. “

Up to this point, Modafferi hid what her family knew about her activities.

“Well, I said then that I was participating in the competition, and they took over the jiu-jitsu,” Modafferi recalled with a laugh. “I didn’t elaborate much.

“So after the third fight, I thought, ‘Okay, by the way, we’re hitting each other.”

Overall, Modafferi is going to leave MMA happy with everything she has achieved during her time in the sport. She is a pioneer in women’s MMA and a constant fan favorite.

She also had one of the most apt nicknames in the history of combat sports – even if she’s not entirely sure all those years later who gave her the Happy Warrior title.

“Some guy on MySpace,” Modafferi said, laughing again. “And if anyone who actually gave me that name on MySpace is this guy, pick me up. I am very [grateful] who is it for. I forgot who it is and my MySpace account no longer exists. I was going to find him, but thanks, fan on MySpace, like two decades ago. “

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