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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Born in Delaware and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a major in Japanese language and literature and a minor in linguistics, Roxanne Modafferi now lives in Japan where she teaches English. She is also an active professional mixed martial arts fighter, competing in many events both in Japan and the U.S. Fighting primarily at 135 pounds, she has an impressive record of 13-5. She recently signed to fight with Strikeforce in the U.S., and made her debut November 7. Affable and articulate, she is sometimes called "the happy warrior".
In a lengthy phone interview, we spoke with Roxanne Modafferi about a wide variety of topics. We discussed her educational background and work in Japan as a translator and teacher. We reviewed her two fights with Marloes Coenen, against whom she is 1-1, including her loss on November 7 by submission, where she went up in weight. We discussed why she became a martial artist and fighter, why she is living and working in Japan, her love of Japan, her entire fighting career, her difficulty in getting fights, her writings on many subjects, what life is like both for her and in general in Japan, how women are treated in Japan, the role of women fighters in mixed martial arts, why she boiled a turkey for the Japanese Labor Thanksgiving Day on November 23, and much more.
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