Roxanne Modafferi Interview
By Zach Heim, RCM MMA Correspondent
Roxanne Modafferi is one of nicest people in our sport of mixed martial arts and it was an honor and pleasure for me to get a chance to ask ‘The Happy Warrior’ a few questions. Roxanne is a long time successful female mma fighter and was a contestant on the UFC’s TUF 18.
Real Combat Media: How long have you been in the sport?
Roxanne:I’ve been training various martial arts since middle school, but I put it all together in MMA since college. I’ve been competing professionally for ten years.
Real Combat Media:What got you into the sport?
Roxanne:I started Tae Kwon Do because it was cool and fun, but started MMA to challenge myself even more. I love grappling the most, and I want to implement my techniques on my opponents in the cage or ring.
Real Combat Media:What are your most memorable fight and experience?
Roxanne:Walking into the cage in the UFC was my most memorable experience in MMA. It’s been my dream since day one to fight in the world’s top organization. My mind was clear during my fight, and I had people I love in my corner.
Real Combat Media:How was it living in the house and knowing you have to fight your roommates?
Roxanne:I’ve fought people I knew before, so it didn’t bother me. As time went on, I wanted to fight them less and less, mostly because I didn’t want to step on their careers. I also kind of dreaded if I had to fight some of the heavier girls, but I tried not to worry about it.
Real Combat Media: Do you have any role models in the sport?
Roxanne:I looked up to Matt Serra because his discipline is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and he was a really exciting fighter. I also love Japanese fighter Caol Uno. He fought on the first UFC card I ever saw on TV, over my coach’s house.Ironically, when I moved to Japan, I met him and trained at a few gyms he did.
Real Combat Media: Tell me about your book?
Roxanne:My book covers the one-year I spent studying abroad in Japan from 2003 to 2004. I studied Japanese, saw interesting sights, joined a Japanese gym, had my pro debut and fought three times.
Real Combat Media:What fight do you want next?
Roxanne: Anyone anywhere my size. I want to win in the UFC.
Real Combat Media:How much longer do you think you’ll fight?
Roxanne: As long as my body can handle it.
Real Combat Media: I cannot wait to see what is next for Roxanne. What ever it is I know for sure she will handle it with class and with her head held high. She is a Champion in this game we call life and a GREAT role model for young men and women all over the world not just in mma. Roxanne thank you for the time it was a true honor getting to know you a little bit more.