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ROXANNE MODAFFERI

AGE

36

RECORD

23-15-0

REACH

69"

HEIGHT

5'6"

WEIGHT

125 LBS

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

SYNDICATE MMA

HOMETOWN

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, US

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT APRIL 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 149 – VS ANTONINA SHEVCHENKO

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (SPLIT)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Modafferi is in an orthodox stance. Shevchenko is in the southpaw stance. Shevchenko slowly takes the center. Modafferi starts throwing faints. Shevchenko lands a nice left straight from the distance. Modafferi comes out with lots of movement. She starts pressuring forward. Shevchenko is waiting for a counter. She fires a front kick to the face, just misses! 1st min in, Modafferi is the aggressor. She is looking for a way in.  Modafferi presses forward but eats a two-punch combo! Shevchenko has found her timing on the counters. Modafferi has a hard time closing the distance without taking any damage. Nice leg kick lands for Shevchenko. She is looking confident in her standup skills. Modafferi has not landed anything significant yet. A big step in left hand lands for Shevchenko! She is very accurate so far. Halfway in, Modafferi presses forward and lands a double right hand. Nice combination by Modafferi. She cuts the movement of Shevchenko once again and connects with the right hand! Shevchenko counters with the head kick but finds herself back against the fence. Modafferi starts working for a takedown. She grabs the single leg. Shevchenko is defending well. Modafferi drags Shevchenko down to the mat but has a hard time securing the position. Shevchenko scrambles, she is on her knees. Shevchenko manages to stand up. 1 min to go, Modafferi judo throws her down to the mat! Great move by Modafferi. She takes the full mount position! Shevchenko is in a terrible spot! Modafferi lands a couple of punches. Shevchenko is controlling the posture form the bottom. 10-9 Modafferi

Rd 2 – Shevchenko immediately takes the center and opens the round with a sidekick. Modafferi moves away and resets. Shevchenko establishes the jab. She is trying to keep her distance. Big one two lands for Shevchenko! Modafferi absorbs and starts marching forward. Shevchenko is outboxing Modafferi early in the round. Modafferi is constantly pressing forward but she is taking a lot of damage. 1st min in, Nice left hand lands for Modafferi and she follows with the clinch against the fence. She is committed to a takedown. Shevchenko is defending well. She is showing good balance. Modafferi is putting strong pressure on Shevchenko. She drags Shevchenko down to the mat and takes the half guard position. Modafferi stats landing short left hands. Halfway in, Shevchenko has a hard time creating some space for her way up. Modafferi is displaying strong top control. Modafferi stands up. Shevchenko is looking to land an up kick. Modafferi passes the legs and jumps back into the guard position. Big hammer fists are landing for Shevchenko! She is active from the bottom. Modafferi makes a transition to the side Half guard position. 1 min to go, Modafferi is putting strong pressure on Shevchenko. Shevchenko is looking frustrated on the bottom. Modafferi postures up and lands a couple of hard right hands. She is controlling the fight with her grappling skills. 10-9 Modafferi

Rd 3 – Shevchenko takes the center and starts working Modafferi down. She explodes with a front kick but Modafferi counters with the right hand. Hard left straight lands for Shevchenko! She is very aggressive. She moves in with the punches but Modafferi does a good job blocking them. Shevchenko is pushing for a finish. She is exploding with the kicks and punches! Modafferi stays patient as she grabs the leg and scores the takedown! Great move by Modafferi. 1st min in, She is trying to take the back of Shevchenko! She puts both hooks in and gets it! Shevchenko beautifully scrambles and manages to reverse the position! Shevchenko is in the guard position. Modafferi is controlling the posture. She explodes and reverses the position! Modafferi is in the full mount position! Shevchenko is in all sorts of problems!  Halfway in, Modafferi is dropping nice elbows and punches on Shevchenko. Shevchenko is looking desperate on the bottom. She has no answer for the grappling of Modafferi. That said, Shevchenko explodes from the bottom and reverses the position! Modafferi gets back to her feet. Shevchenko lands a big knee to the body! Modafferi pushes her against the fence and starts working for another takedown. Modafferi grabs the single leg. Her wrestling offense is perfect in this fight so far. 1 min to go, Big knee to the body lands for Shevchenko! Modafferi is pushing the pace. Shevchenko desperately trying to separate but she finds herself on her back once again. Modafferi is in the guard position. 10-9 Modafferi

WATCH FIGHT

NOVEMBER 2018 UFC 230 – VS SIJARA EUBANKS

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. They are light on their feet and Eubanks opens the fight with a leg kick. Both fighters are missing with the punches. Eubanks moves forward and lands a nice right hand. Modafferi is looking establish the jab. Eubanks is controlling the distance well. Eubanks goes high with the kick, just misses! She moves in once again and lands a two-punch combo. Modafferi is blocking the punches well 1st min in, Eubanks is the aggressor. She has found her timing early in the fight. Nice right hand lands for Modafferi. She follows with the straight punches but eats a counter right hand. Eubanks level changes and gets the double leg takedown. Eubanks is looking sharp! She starts working from the guard position. Modafferi is trying to create some space for the submissions. She is doing a good job controlling the posture. Halfway in, Eubanks postures and stands up. Modafferi scrambles form the bottom but fails to get back to her feet. Eubanks jumps right back into the guard. Eubanks is passive from the top position, Modafferi is more active with the short punches and elbows. Eubanks stands up once again. She wants to pass the legs and take side control. Modafferi is displaying good scrambles. She manages to stand but Eubanks follow with another takedown. 1 min to go, she has a hard time creating some space for the ground and pound. Eubanks starts dropping bombs on Modafferi! Modafferi tries to scramble but Eubanks display insane top control. She takes half guard and continues to demolish Modafferi! Eubanks stands up and unloads with the hammer fists! 10-9 Eubanks

Rd 2Modafferi comes out aggressive and starts pressing forward. Eubanks lands a nice right hand from the outside. Modafferi is missing a lot of punches. Eubanks closes the distance and lands a two-punch combo! Modafferi absorbs and continues with the pressure. Big right hand lands for Modafferi! Both fighters are exchanging punches in the center! Eubanks is slightly more accurate with the right hand. 1st min in, Nice inside leg kick lands for Modafferi. She steps in but eats a counter right hand. Modafferi is moving a lot. She explodes with the volume and connects with a right hand. She is looking much better in this round. Big head kick lands for Eubanks! Modafferi is hurt!!! She goes down!! Eubanks follows and finds herself into the leg lock! Eubanks shows her defense and escapers. They are back standing as Modafferi presses forward with the punches. She follows with the clinch against the fence. Halfway in, Nice right hand lands for Eubanks. Modafferi is looking to tire Eubanks out. She grabs the single leg and starts working for a takedown against the cage. Modafferi judo throws Eubanks down to the mat! Great move by Modafferi! She secures the half guard position and starts landing with the left hand. Eubanks is looking tired on the bottom. 1 min to go, She is not pushing for a way up at all. Modafferi lands a knee to the chest. Eubanks is looking to isolate the arm! Modafferi defends. Both fighters are scrambling but Modafferi keeps the top position. 10-9 Modafferi

Rd 3 – Eubanks takes the center and starts firing punches. Nice two punch combo lands for Eubanks! Stiff jabs snap the head back of Modafferi! Eubanks is very aggressive early in the round. She is picking Modafferi apart with the punches from her distance. Nice right hand lands for Modafferi! She starts moving on the outside and explodes with the right hand! Eubanks misses with the counters. 1st min in, Modafferi dives for a single leg but Eubanks defends and continues with the pressure. Big right hand lands for Modafferi! Both fighters are pushing the high pace. Modafferi clinches and eats a knee to the body on the separation. Both fighters are looking tired. Modafferi closes the distance but eats a right uppercut. Stiff right straight cracks Modafferi! Another one! Halfway in, Both fighters have a lot of success with the straight punches so far. Modafferi clinches but Eubanks drags her down to the mat! Nice move by Eubanks who starts putting strong pressure on Modafferi. Modafferi tries to scramble but Eubanks displays strong top control. Modafferi scrambles and almost reverses the position! Eubanks is in the guard position. She has a hard time holding Modafferi on the bottom. 1 min to go, Modafferi rolls and gives her back to Eubanks! Eubanks starts landing with the right hand! Modafferi explodes back to her feet but Eubanks follows with the clinch against the fence. Both fighters are scrambling as the round ends. 10-9 Eubanks

WATCH FIGHT

JULY 2018 TUF 27 FINALE – VS BARB HONCHAK

RESULT – WON VIA 2nd RD TKO (ELBOWS)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Modafferi takes the center. She immediately looks to establish the jab. Modafferi opens the fight with a stiff jab. She is looking more aggressive at the beginning. Honchak is trying to set up the timing on the counters. She finally connects with a left hand. 1st min in, both fighters are missing with the punches. Modafferi is pressing forward. She eats a nice right hand from Honchak. This is a pure boxing match. Both fighters are throwing volume. Modafferi presses forward but Honchak finally founds her timing on the counters. She tags Modafferi with a couple of punches. Honchak is pressing forward. Modafferi dives for a double leg takedown and gets it! Halfway in, She is in the half guard position. Honchak is controlling the posture from the bottom. Modafferi is putting strong pressure on Honchak. She is trying to pass the guard! Honchak is in trouble early! However, she manages to keep the guard. Modafferi is such a powerful grappler. Honchak is holding on the bottom. Modafferi is tiring her out. 1 min to go, Honchak has a hard time finding her way up. Modafferi lands a couple of left hands. She switches to the elbows and lands! Modafferi passes the guard into the side control! Honchak scrambles from the bottom as the round ends. 10-9 Modafferi

Rd 2- Both fighters exchange at the beginning of the round! Modafferi fires a quick two-punch combo and lands a left hook! Honchak starts pressing forward and she lands a left hand. Both fighters are busy with the straight punches. Honchak ducks under and takes the body lock. Honchak scores the takedown! However, Modafferi scrambles and ends up in the mount position! Great move by Modafferi! She starts unloading on Honchak with the ground and pound! 1st min in, Honchak is in trouble early in the round! She tries to scrambles from the bottom but Modafferi displays strong top control. Honchak escapes the mount and she gets the half guard back. Modafferi is putting strong pressure on Honchak. She is busy with the left hand. Honchak has no answer on the bottom. Modafferi is landing hard left hands! Halfway in, Modafferi is dominating the fight. She makes a transition to the full mount once again! Honchak is in all sorts of trouble! She is eating hard shots! Honchak covers on the bottom but Modafferi starts dropping hard elbow! The referee is looking closely! Honchak is desperately trying to defend! The referee steps in and stops the fight!!!

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

38 MATCHES 23 WINS 15 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 4 1
SUBMISSION 5 3
DECISION 14 11
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Modafferi is a grappling specialist with very explosive standup skills.
  • She is the former ISKA, IFC and FFF Champion and the former TUF 26 runner up.
  • Modafferi is a brown belt in Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
  • Her boxing is not so technical; she is rather exploding with the straight punches in order to set up her takedown attempts.
  • She could be reckless in her attacks; she was taking a lot of damage coming in against Shevchenko.
  • Her standup defense has a lot of holes. She was eating a lot of right hands against Eubanks.
  • Her wrestling offense is bounded to perfection as seen against Shevchenko.
  • She likes to score single leg takedowns from the clinch as we saw against Shevchenko.
  • She has incredible scrambles on the mat as seen against Honchak.
  • Modafferi has shown great balance in the full mount position against Honchak.
  • However, she got easily controlled on the mat against a much stronger Eubanks.