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Roxanne Modafferi Reflects On Her MMA Career: “My Brain Health Is Really Important”

After 18 years, Roxanne Modafferi is finally hanging up her four-ounce gloves. Modafferi announced last week that he plans to retire after his Fe


After 18 years, Roxanne Modafferi is finally hanging up her four-ounce gloves. Modafferi announced last week that he plans to retire after his Feb. 12 showdown with Casey O’Neill at UFC 271.

At 39, with her status as an MMA pioneer forever secure, “The Happy Warrior” is ready to face the next chapter of her life.

“A few fights ago, I decided that I really, really wanted at least 50 fights. So I thought, okay, at least I’m going to do that and see what happens. And then over the course of the last year or so, I felt like the punches and blows to the head in training were getting to me more than they used to, like when I was trying to get over it, my head would hurt afterward. And I was like, ‘No, we can’t have that.’ The health of my brain is very important, so I started wearing hats.

“I’m good [recibiendo golpes] In a fight. I just realized it’s okay I’m going up with my mileage now is probably a good time [para parar]. I don’t want to start having concussion symptoms. I want to stop before that starts to happen, because I have heard of some people who, even before they became professionals, had to retire. So I just want to be very careful about my brain health, and get to 50 [peleas] It seems like a great achievement for me.

Modafferi will be back against Vanessa Porto

Modafferi’s swan song against O’Neill will officially be the 45th fight of his professional career, however Modafferi also had five exhibition fights in his two stints on The Ultimate Fighter, bringing his final tally to 50.

She won 28 of her 49 bouts combined heading into UFC 271, and her resume essentially reads like a who’s who in women’s MMA history. From Smackgirl to HOOKnSHOOT, from Invicta FC to UFC, Modafferi has had a front row ticket to watch female MMA go from afterthought to mainstream attraction on the world stage.

«I have totally exceeded my expectations. When I started, the whole world was shattered by [la edad] 32, so I thought in my mid-30s, later, I would retire, and now I just turned 39. Also, I never expected to fight for the belt. My goal in life was to fight in the UFC, so I’m fighting in the UFC, I think that’s 11 times already. That’s so cool.