Ultimate Fighter Logo30-year Roxanne Modafferi may not be one of the best female fighters in MMA but she’s certainly one of the most beloved, earning a loyal fanbase with both her in-ring ability and unassuming personality. Unfortunately, Modafferi’s career has been on a slide as of late and she’s focused a little more on her career as a teacher in Japan than one in the cage.

However, with news that the Ultimate Fighter 18 is featuring female bantamweights, Modafferi has decided to give it a go again and will head to Las Vegas next month to try out for the show.

“My dream was to be the first female fighter in the UFC. That didn’t happen. This may be a new dream come true: become the first Ultimate Fighter,” Modafferi exclaimed on her blog.

“I talked to my boss. He told me to go to try outs and we’ll take it from there. I love my boss. I might not love him after he tells me I can’t take two months leave of absence, but we’ll see. I have to be selected first,” she continued before her trademark positivity made its presence known. “I will be…I have to believe in myself. I have skill. I haven’t been doing well lately in my career. I want to get back on the winning streak. This is my big chance. I have to get vacation from work, fly all the way from Japan, but I’d hate myself if I didn’t try it.”

Modafferi, nicknamed “The Happy Warrior” for the always-present smile painted on her face, holds an overall record of 15-10 but has also lost her last five fights. Among her biggest victories are those over Tara LaRosa and Marloes Coenen.

TUF 18 is scheduled to air at some point in Fall 2013. Teams will feature a mix of male/female fighters with the entire group living in a house together. UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey will head one squad with either Miesha Tate-Cat Zingano serving as the opposing coach.