MMA Pioneer Roxanne Modafferi To Retire After UFC 271 Fight

Women’s MMA trailblazer Roxanne Modafferi plans to fight for the last time when she faces Casey O’Neill at UFC’s February 12th pay-per-view card.

The experienced fighter announced her upcoming retirement from the sport via social media Thursday. The end of her career will happen at UFC 271, which does not have a confirmed location at the moment.

“This is fight number 50! And my last MMA fight,” said Modafferi in an Instagram post.

Modafferi is one of the most influential names in women’s MMA history, competing as a pro long before major U.S. promotions hosted women.

Modafferi made her pro debut in 2003. She spent the first decade of her career fighting around the regional scene around the world, fighting in notable promotions like Strikeforce, IFC and Jewels.

She made her first appearance on UFC programming in 2013, competing in Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” She was unsuccessful on the reality show, getting eliminated in the semi-finals of the bracket.

Modafferi then participated in all-women’s MMA promotion Invicta FC from 2014 to 2017, attaining a promotional record of five wins and two losses.

Modafferi reappeared on “The Ultimate Fighter” on Season 26 in 2017. Despite not winning the tournament, she signed to the UFC later that year.

She has fought 10 times in the UFC, attaining four wins and six losses. She is currently on a two-fight losing streak, having dropped bouts to Viviane Araujo and Taila Santos this year.

O’Neill, Modafferi’s next opponent, is undefeated through eight pro bouts, with three of those wins having come in the UFC cage.

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