Roxanne Modafferi To Retire from MMA, Says UFC 271 Bout Will Be Her Last
One of the pioneers of women’s MMA will be making her 50th and final walk to the cage in February next year, confirming it will be her last appearance in the Octagon, coming against Casey O’Neill.
On Thursday, Roxanne Modafferi ‘The Happy Warrior’ took to Instagram and announced the booking of her fight against surging Flyweight contender Casey O’Neill at UFC 271. The UFC 271 is set to take place on Feb.12 but the promotion has yet to announce any location or venue for the PPV. The event will be headlined by the Middleweight Kingpin, Israel Adesanya defending his title against Robert Whittaker.
In her glittering MMA career, Modafferi has 44 pro fights on her official record, but she also had five bouts on two separate stints on “The Ultimate Fighter”, carrying her unofficial tally to 49.
Modafferi started her career back in 2003, and she will be looking to sign-off in style when she faces another promising flyweight contender, Casey O’Neill. The Las Vegas native has lost her previous two fights in the Octagon, and both have come by decision. But Modafferi hasn’t finished in a fight since October 2011, and that’s the one positive she can carry with her at UFC 271.
During the late end of her career in UFC, Modafferi has been able to secure some notable wins over the likes of Andrea Lee, Antonina Shevchenko, and Maycee Barber. The fight against then-undefeated Maycee Barber at UFC 246, was probably one the biggest wins of her career as she went into the fight as a near six to one underdog. But she outclassed Barber on the night, winning a unanimous decision in her favor.
Her next opponent O’Neill holds a perfect record of 8-0 in her pro career so far. O’Neill has won all three of her fights in the UFC so far, which have come against Antonina Shevchenko, Lara Procopio, and Shana Dobson respectively.
With the addition, the updated card for the UFC 271 is shown below:
- Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano
- Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Sergey Morozov
- Mark Madsen vs. Vinc Pichel
- AJ Dobson vs. Jacob Malkin
- Kyler Phillips vs. Marcelo Rojo
- Roxanne Modafferi vs. Casey O’Neill