It may seem as though Roxanne Modafferi’s good fortune began with her first fight in Invicta FC in 2014, when she defeated Tara LaRosa. Since that time she’s gone 4-1, rocketed herself into contention as a flyweight.
Yet her turnaround after losing six straight fights coincides with her move to Las Vegas, which itself was galvanized by her earning a spot on The Ultimate Fighter 18 a few years back. The 33-year old Modafferi, considered one of the pioneer’s in women’s MMA with a professional resume that stretches back to 2003, believes that her stint on TUF was the saving grace of her career.
Even if she did lose the only official fight she had with the promotion, dropping a decision against Raquel Pennington in the finale.
“Yeah, it really changed my life,” she told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “And I knew that win to get in the house [against Valerie Letourneau] was the most important win of my career I think.”
Modafferi (19-12) said came to the realization that she had overstayed her welcome living in Japan.
“Yeah, I think so,” she said. “But I’d have had no way of knowing that until I came to The Ultimate Fighter. So how it happened is how it was meant to happen. If I’d have came back, I might gave joined another gym, but it just so happened that it fell into place.
Life has changed for “The Happy Warrior.” Not only has she rediscovered her winning ways training at Syndicate in Las Vegas, she has penned a self-help book called How to Be Positive: Mental Training, which she says came about when she began embracing her nickname.
“Part of embracing ‘The Happy Warrior,’ one thing I really love about being a public figure is that ….View full article
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