Roxanne Modafferi 'depressed' by fan reaction to her UFC debut

Esther Lin MMA Fighting

MMA veteran Roxanne Modafferi was thrilled to make her UFC debut at the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale but depressed when she saw the fan reaction online.

Roxanne Modafferi, a ten-year veteran of professional MMA, made her UFC debut on Saturday. She lost a unanimous decision to Raquel Pennington but was happy with her performance...then she saw the fans' reaction online. Here's what Roxy posted on the UG:

It was an honor to fight in the UFC last night- the ultimate stage that every fighter is aspiring to.

I had three goals last night in the UFC:
1) do the techniques my coach John Wood taught me and perform well;
2) prove that I belong in the UFC, and
3) win the fight.

If I do the first two, the third would come naturally.

I met the first goal! I didn't meet the third goal. Last night I thought I met the second goal. Someone I respected last night said, "You belong here!" I was so happy I started to cry. But then I read the Underground Forums, fans negative opinions, and now I'm depressed. :{ Even my UG brothers who usually support me don't think I belong. They say that my stand up was the worst they've ever seen in the UFC. Oh, man. :{

Well, Mike Pyle, a coach at my gym, said it best to be at our dinner last night: All that matters is what Roxy feels and what Roxy thinks. And take things away from the fight and build on it to make myself better. That's the bottom line. John said he was pleased with my progress. *I* think that my stand up was the best it's ever been in MY career. Am I a super-awesome striker? No, definitely not. But when I was in there, I could feel my technique coming together. I could see and feel her reactions and movement like never before. I actually think I did worse when I went for the take-downs. I should have done a few things differently.

It bothers me a lot when websites are like, "This is Roxanne's sixth loss in a row!!" IT'S NOT, man, because I won my fight to get into the house. It doesn't go on paper, since it's TUF. But my mind is not on a 6 fight losing streak. This was my 28th fight. I'm on a two-fight losing streak, damnit! There's a difference!

As one of those online critics myself, I can only say, sorry Roxy, just calling it like I saw it.

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