Roxanne Modafferi
The Happy Warrior


Andrea Lee on tap in September
July 1, 2020
Modafferi and Andrea Lee agreed to a flyweight bout September 12 at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas, Nolan King and John Morgan of USA Today report.
Modafferi is only a couple weeks removed from her unanimous decision loss at the hands of Lauren Murphy, but she's now set for another bout shortly before her 38th birthday. The disappointing defeat illustrates the inconsistency from Roxie, as she was coming off a major upset victory over Maycee Barber in January. Meanwhile, Lee is also coming off a loss to Murphy in February, though that split decision could have easily gone the other way.
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Inconsistent ways continue
June 20, 2020
Modafferi lost to Lauren Murphy via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was an extremely disappointing effort from Modafferi on the heels of her shocking victory over top prospect Maycee Barber in January. She was never able to get in any sort of rhythm against a brawler in Murphy. Roxie landed just 44 of 174 significant strikes, good for a 25 percent clip. That's not going to get the job done. Modafferi is a pioneer of women's MMA, but you are what your record says you are in this sport and Roxie is now sporting a 3-5 mark with the UFC. Modafferi will turn 38 years of age in late-September.
Draws Lauren Murphy in June
May 21, 2020
Modafferi is in line to take on Lauren Murphy in a flyweight matchup scheduled for June 20 at a yet-to-be-determined location, Mike Heck of reports.
Modafferi may have a sub-.500 record under the UFC banner, but she recently turned heads with a dominant victory over top prospect Maycee Barber in January. A pioneer in women's MMA, the 37-year-old Modafferi will now meet Murphy in hopes of putting together her first UFC winning streak. "The Happy Warrior" will own two-inch advantages in both height and reach come fight night, plus sports a higher takedown average. Murphy, however, sports superior striking numbers, both offensively and defensively.
Stuns Maycee Barber
January 18, 2020
Modafferi defeated Maycee Barber via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Modafferi has seen it all and done it all in this sport but this is arguably the biggest win of her 16-year MMA career. Entering as a massive +650 favorite, Modafferi easily controlled the first half of the bout. Any hopes of a Barber comeback were dashed when Maycee suffered a knee injury and was forced to essentially fight the rest of the way on one leg. Roxy has virtually no natural athletic ability and relies on guts and experience, but she has somehow managed to remain relevant in the early days of 2020. Her future remains pretty bleak but this performance is going to earn her at least one more notable fight. Given her effort on Saturday combined with what she means to the sport of women's MMA, she deserves it.
Will fight at UFC 246
November 13, 2019
Modafferi will face Maycee Barber in a flyweight bout at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
Modafferi is coming off a loss to Jenniver Maia via unanimous decision in July that brought her record as a professional fighter to 23-16. The 37-year-old has been inconsistent since losing her bid for the UFC women's flyweight title in December of 2017, while Barber carries a 3-0 record as a UFC fighter and an 8-0 record over her professional career. Modafferi carries slight advantages in height and reach, but Barber will pose a tough test.
Drops lopsided fight to overweight opponent
July 20, 2019
Modafferi lost to Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
Modafferi spent the majority of this fight advancing, but that's about all she had going in her favor. She was unable to get much of anything going in the striking game, and effectively tried to lean on her grappling and wrestling. Modafferi respectably accepted this fight against an opponent that came in three pound heavy, but that size difference proved to have a significant effect. Modafferi typically thrives in the clinch, but she was unable to keep Maia under control for any meaningful period of time. Modafferi will undoubtedly get another shot if she wants it due to the lack of depth in the division, but her days of competing against legitimate contenders may be numbered.