Fan-favorite Roxanne Modafferi has been released by Strikeforce according to a blog entry from the 28-year old grappler. In her departure the promotion loses not only a highly competitive 135-pound female but perhaps the most endearing smile in Mixed Martial Arts.
Modafferi, known for her upbeat attitude as much as her ground-skills and heart, expressed understandable disappointment in the situation but also managed to maintain her positive disposition in lieu of unfortunate circumstances.
“On Friday, I got the letter in the mail notifying me of my release. I’m pretty bummed out…there are still women I want to fight in that organization! But I really had an amazing time. I can’t discount these experiences…they were so valuable for me, and enriched my life. I’ve made a lot of new fans, and met so many people….it just confirms that being able to fight is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Thank you for that, Strikeforce. You have a great organization.”
Five Ounces of Pain contacted Strikeforce to get their official stance on the subject and received the following response from executive Mike Afromowitz, who said, “We released Roxanne and wish her the best of luck. If she is successful in the future, we may be able to have her fight again for Strikeforce.”
“The Happy Warrior” is 15-6 in her career with wins over Strikeforce welterweight champ Marloes Coenen and Tara LaRosa. However, while Modafferi was able to notch a pair of victories outside of Strikeforce since debuting last November, she was beaten by TKO in her last appearance by 12-1 former title-holder Sarah Kaufman as a result of receiving a vicious third-round slam.