89.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with some heavy boxing, Eubanks hit Modafferi with some big punches, and then she took her down 2 minutes into the opening round. Modafferi did a good job squirming around on the bottom, while throwing soft punches & elbows from her guard, and Eubanks was trying to drop power shots, but she wasn't able to land many clean shots. The first round goes to Eubanks, but Modafferi is at least making it a fight.
     They continued to trade strikes at a solid pace in the second round, and then Eubanks kicked Modafferi in the head, and then dropped her with some punches. Modafferi scrambled to setup another leg lock or something, and Eubanks just walked away and let her stand back up. Modafferi pressed Eubanks against the fence, and sort of tried to take her down, but for the most part, she was just holding her with the clinch. Modafferi randomly threw Eubanks down with a slow takedown with 2 minutes left in the round. Modafferi did a good job grinding all over Eubanks, leading to a 19-19 scorecard going into the final round.
     They both came out swinging to start the third round, and they both ate a lot of shots, with neither fighter working any defense at all, it was all about just throwing punches and chewing on fists. Eubanks clinched, and took down Modafferi with a body lock halfway through the final round. Eubanks spent the rest of the round beating up Modafferi with some punches, while basically just outgrappling her. That was a solid performance by Eubanks, and a pretty clear cut 29-28 unanimous decision victory. It's also worth noting that she missed weight by a pound though.
89.4
TKO (Elbows)
8:32
      These girls traded a few random strikes, and then Modafferi scored a quick takedown halfway through the opening round. Round one goes to Modafferi for being on top for a while. After a bit of clinching, they hit the ground early in the second round, and Modafferi ended up back on top in full mount again. She pounded on Honchak with some big punches & elbows, and Honchak just kind of flailed around on the ground for a while. Modafferi did a fantastic job maintaining top control, while pounding on Honchak with strikes. Modafferi unloaded with some big elbows, Honchak was just curling up on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight in the second round. Honchak's record is falling apart at this point, and Modafferi once again proves she's able to compete with some of the best at flyweight.
90.7
Decision
25:00
      Modafferi got this title shot, because Sijara Eubanks missed weight and went to the hospital. They both came out throwing punches to start the first round, and then Modafferi pulled guard halfway through the round, tried to setup an armbar, couldn't get it, so they eventually stood back up with a minute left in the round, but Modafferi quickly took down Montano at that point, and dropped some decent punches & elbows from side control until the end of the round. Round one goes to Modafferi.
     These girls both came out swinging to start the second round, Modafferi blasted Montano with a hard shot, and then chased her around the cage while swinging wildly with both hands. Montano recovered a minute into the round, and they went back to standing in the center, trading random punches & kicks. They continued to trade strikes for most of the round, and then Modafferi took down Montano in the final 45 seconds, and landed directly into a triangle choke, but Montano only had her foot under her knee, so she wasn't able to lock it on quite tight enough, so Modafferi survived until the end of the round, while Montano pounded on her with elbows from the triangle. Round two clearly goes to Montano.
     The third round was another round of striking, with Montano outstriking Modafferi, so at this point, Montano is probably ahead 29-28, if not 30-27, going into the Championship rounds. Montano unloaded on Modafferi in the first 90 seconds of the fourth round, pressuring her against the fence with a barrage of nonstop punches. Montano then threw Modafferi to the ground, and tried to setup a D'Arce choke, but Modafferi was able to work her way back to her feet against the fence. From that point forward, the rest of the fight featured Montano taking down Modafferi, and beating her up on the ground all the way up until the end of the final round. Modafferi was scrambling around like a maniac the entire time, but this should be a clear decision for Montano, maybe even 50-45. Modafferi ALMOST finished with an armbar in the final 30 seconds, but Montano was able to pull her arm free, leading to the clear cut unanimous decision victory. That was a fantastic fight, and congratulations to Nicco Montano, the first ever, UFC Women's Flyweight Champion.
91.1
Decision
15:00
      These girls both came out throwing bombs, and they were landing a LOT of hard shots, in big combinations, going both ways. Sijara was the first to shoot for a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round, but Modafferi just walked away from it and kept things standing. They continued their wild brawl until Modafferi clinched with 2 minutes left in the round, but that didn't last long before they broke out of that and went back to throwing hands. I had no idea who was winning that round, until Sijara shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, landing inside Modafferi's guard in the center of the cage. Sijara dropped some HEAVY elbows, and Modafferi just ate them, while continuing to dig for submissions from her guard. Modafferi slapped on an armbar in the final 15 seconds, but Sijara pulled out of that and continued to wrestle until the buzzer sounded. Round one goes to Sijara based on her one takedown and the heavy ground & pound.
      The second round started with some heavy striking exchanges, and then Sijara shot for another takedown 90 seconds into the round, Modafferi ALMOST reversed it, but Sijara was able to overpower her, pinning Modafferi against the fence this time. Modafferi sort of went for an armbar, but instead, she just rolled through it and ended up somehow on top of Sijara, caught in a decent guillotine choke. She popped her head free with 2 minutes left in the second round. Modafferi threw a few short punches to Sijara's body, and then Sijara swept her and took Modafferi's back with 45 seconds left in the round. She tried to setup a rear-naked choke, but it was more of a side naked choke. Modafferi was able to survive until the end of the round. Sijara is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      They traded some strikes for the first 2 minutes of the final round, and then Sijara clinched with Modafferi's back, pressing her against hte fence where she landed some knees to her thighs. Modafferi ALMOST threw Sijara to the ground with 2 minutes left in the fight, but Sijara overpowered her again, and threw Modafferi to the ground, landing in half mount this time. Modafferi eventually slapped on an armbar, but Sijara was able to battle out of it, Modafferi slapped on another one, and Sijara battled out of that as well, they stood up for the final 10 seconds, and traded violent strikes from the clinch. That fight was awesome, but it was a clear 30-27 unanimous decision for Sijara Eubanks, as she takes out the #1 seed in the entire competition. Eubanks is an upset machine!
90.2
TKO
(Elbows)
4:59
     These girls both came out swinging, Whitmire threw some hard combinations, she was coming forward a lot, Modafferi blasted her with a spinning back fist, and then Whitmire pressed her up against the fence for some clinching. Whitmire tried to take her down, but Modafferi did a good job stuffing her shots, and then she spun Whitmire around, and sort of scored a takedown of her own, planting Whitmire on the ground around the halfway mark of the opening round. Modafferi took her back, they scrambled around a bit, Whitmire tried to get back to her feet, but Modafferi did a good job staying on Whitmire's back, while hitting her in the side of the head. Modafferi ended up in full mount, where she dropped some heavy elbows with a minute left in the round. Modafferi continued to pound on her, until the referee stopped the fight with one second left in the round. That was another really solid performance by Roxanne Modafferi.
89.4
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
3:46
     These girls were both boxing at a decent pace for the first 30 seconds, and it looked like Dobson rocked Modafferi with a solid right hand. Modafferi started to work some kicks to keep her distance, she threw a spinning back fist, a decent combination of punches, and then she clinched and took Dobson to the ground one minute into the opening round. Dobson caught Modafferi in her half guard for a few seconds, and then after a brief scramble, Modafferi passed to full mount, continued to smother Dobson against the fence, she postured up, and started to unload with some big punches & elbows halfway through the round. Dobson continued to try to buck out of it, but Modafferi did a good job staying on top while still dropping elbows. Modafferi continued to drop some pretty brutal elbows, they were making a loud "thucking" noise against the forehead of Dobson, and after the referee warned Dobson a few times, he eventually had to step in to stop the fight. That was a really solid win by the #1 seed, Roxanne Modafferi.
90.0
TKO (Elbows)
11:37
      D'Alelio dropped Modafferi with the first right hand she threw, but Modafferi stood back up, and tried to work her jab. They both unloaded with some big punches 2 minutes into the round, and Modafferi dropped D'Alelio, and then jumped into her guard to work some more ground & pound. D'Alelio tried to setup a triangle choke by throwing a few upkicks, and then she switched to a Kimura, but Modafferi had side control at that point, so D'Alelio switched to a heel hook attempt, and that allowed Modafferi to take her back with a little over a minute remaining in the opening round. They continued to scramble around, and Modafferi slapped on an armbar with a minute left in the round, and D'Alelio slammed her way out of it. She tried to work some ground & pound, Modafferi slapped on another armbar, and D'Alelio continued to slam the shit out of her, breaking free as the round ended. That was a competitive round, but I scored it slightly in favor of D'Alelio.
     The second round started with Modafferi knocking down D'Alelio, and mounting her in the first 30 seconds, and she pounded the shit out of her, forcing D'Alelio to give up her back. Modafferi continued to beat the shit out of her, and then went for another armbar from back control, but D'Alelio spun out of it, and ended up on top, where Modafferi continued to dig for a variety of arm locks. Modafferi worked an awesome sweep, landing herself in full mount with a minute left to work in the second round. She continued to smash D'Alelio until the end of the round. This fight is either tied up, or Modafferi could be ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Depending on how loose you want to be with the scoring, you could argue that the second round was a 10-8 round for Roxanne Modafferi.
     Modafferi came out swinging to start the third round. D'Alelio looked like she was in some serious trouble. Modafferi took her down easily against the fence, mounted her again, punched her in the head a few times while smothering her against the canvas, and then switched it up to throwing heavy elbows, forcing the referee to stop the fight around the 90 second mark of the final round. That was a fantastic performance by Roxanne Modafferi.
91.7
Decision (Split)
25:00
      Modafferi came out throwing really weird kicks. Not really connecting much, but she looked aggressive at least. Maia fired back with some heavier punches & kicks. It's pretty clear that Maia is more comfortable on the feet, but Modafferi has a very confusing approach, which could throw off Maia's focus. The first half of the round was fairly close with the striking. Maia clinched halfway through the round, and tried to take Modafferi to the ground, but she couldn't get her down. Maia looked very strong as she pressed Modafferi against the fence. They split up with 90 seconds left in the round. They continued to trade strikes at a relatively even pace, and then ended the round with some more clinching. That was an awkward round to watch, but I would probably score it slightly for Maia, based on her clinch control.
      They continued to trade some hard strikes to start the second round, with Modafferi moving around a lot more, while Maia mostly just stood there, waiting to throw counters. Maia chased Modafferi around a little bit, but seemed to have some trouble closing the distance with Modafferi's awkward footwork. Modafferi shot for a takedown halfway through the round, she took Maia down, but Maia swept her quickly, ending up inside Modafferi's guard. Modafferi was working a high guard while throwing elbows up at Maia's head. Modafferi went for an armbar, she switched to a triangle, and then after a brief scramble, Modafferi ended up on top in half mount. Modafferi finished the round dropping elbows & punches from full mount. Round two goes to Modafferi and it's all tied up going into the third round.
      Modafferi landed some big punches to start the third round, while Maia continued to try to corner her. Modafferi's striking seemed to be improving as the fight progressed, as she landed a nice spinning back fist in the second round, followed by some clean body kicks & punches. Modafferi continued to pick her apart for a couple of minutes, and then she shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, and Maia caught her in a guillotine choke on the way down. Modafferi popped her head out with half a round to go. She dropped some elbows, while Maia was looking for an opening to grab an armbar. Maia went for the armbar, and Modafferi broke free, but Maia was able to take her down in the process, landing back inside Modafferi's guard. Modafferi went for another armbar with a minute left in the round, but the fence made it hard to get the right angle on it. She gave up the armbar with 20 seconds left in the round, and switched to the other side to finish out the round. I have Modafferi ahead 2-1 going into the fourth round.
      Maia started the fourth round with some hard leg kicks. Modafferi is slowing down a little bit, but she's still working her awkward footwork to full effect. They traded some strikes, and then Modafferi shot for another takedown, but it was easily stuffed this time. Maia really started to pull ahead with her striking in the fourth round, beating up Modafferi and making it hard for her to get any offense going. Modafferi threw a front kick, and Maia caught it, tripping Modafferi to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. Maia landed some ground & pound, and then Modafferi stood back up. Modafferi landed some big punches and then shot for another takedown with a minute left in the round, but was stuffed again. Modafferi shot for a takedown in the final 30 seconds, but Maia stuffed it and secured the mounted crucifix. She landed some short punches, but Modafferi was saved by the bell. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
      They immediately went back to trading wild punches & kicks to start the final round. They both landed some big punches & kicks, and they continued to trade at a rapid pace. Modafferi threw a body kick with 2 minutes left in the round, and Maia caught the kick and landed a few punches while Modafferi was hopping around on one leg. Modafferi shot for a final takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but Maia sprawled and kept the fight standing. They continued to trade wild strikes all the way up until the final bell. That was a really close competitive fight, but it's going to be hard not to score that fight 48-47 for Jennifer Maia to retain her belt. One judge disagreed, and one judge gave the fight 49-46 for Maia, as she keeps her belt. Fantastic split-decision championship fight.
89.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      These girls both came out swinging, with Modafferi pressuring Bennett toward the fence, and then Bennett tripped, fell to the ground, Modafferi jumped on her, but it didn't take long for Bennett to get back to her feet. Bennett tried a couple of times to secure takedowns, and Modafferi was teasing her with guillotines, but that didn't stop Bennett from picking up Modafferi, and slamming her to the ground. From there, Modafferi was looking for a variety of submissions, and Bennett was mostly just trying to defend, while peppering Modafferi with short punches. Bennett spent a good portion of that round in top position, but Modafferi's active guard sort of nullified the position. I'm assuming the judges will score the round for Bennett based on top control, but I scored it for Modafferi, based on her striking while on the feet, and her submission game on the ground. It could go either way.
     The second round started strong for Modafferi again, picking apart Bennett on the feet until Benett threw a kick and slipped, which Bennett tried to turn into an awkward takedown, but Modafferi sprawled, and stayed standing. The second round looked pretty sloppy, but I scored the round for Modafferi, based on her striking, and her takedown defense. I have Modafferi ahead, 2-0, going into the final round, but it could be 1-1 at this point.
     The final round was another sloppy round of striking, with both girls looking awkward, both girls throwing some ugly looking strikes, but Modafferi was consistently moving forward, and picking apart Bennett with punch combinations. Bennett shot for a desperate takedown in the final 10 seconds of the fight, and Modafferi stayed standing, making her win that much more obvious in my opinion. In the end, I scored this fight 30-27 in favor of Roxanne Modafferi. Two of the judges ended up giving the fight to Modafferi, 29-28, and the other judge gave it to Bennett. Solid split-decision victory for Modafferi.
89.1
TKO (Punches & Elbows)
14:40
      Morais showed some decent striking at the start of this fight, but none of that mattered, as Modafferi tied her up, took her to the ground, and immediately secured the full mount. From there, Modafferi was able to easily control Morais for most of the first round, until around 20 seconds left, where Morais rolled her over and got on top, but wasn't able to do anything from inside Modafferi's guard. The second round had some more slow striking from Morais, some decently competitive clinch work, and ultimately, a throw from Modafferi, taking Morais to the ground, where she was able to secure the full mount again. Modafferi maintained top position, where she beat the shit out of Morais with some hard elbows, possibly securing a 10-8 round for Modafferi. Morais is going to have to do something spectacular in the third round if she wants to finish this fight, and so far, I haven't seen anything spectacular from here in her Invicta debut. Morais went for a guillotine choke in the third round, and ALMOST finished the fight, but Modafferi was able to power out of it by pushing on the forehead of Morais. Morais was looking for some armbars from her guard, but Modafferi did a good job yanking her arms out of there, allowing her to beat up Morais with some more ground & pound. Modafferi passed her guard, secured the full mount again, and beat the shit out of Morais with some more ground & pound, finishing the fight via TKO inside the final minute of the final round. Nice finish for Roxanne Modafferi.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round was pretty entertaining, with Modafferi starting off with some decent punches while standing, and then they went to the ground, where Modafferi worked her guard, while Porto punched her in the face. Overall, it was a pretty even round. The second round was mostly striking, with Modafferi throwing ridiculous spin kicks, and just "poor choice" sloppy strikes, while Porto stayed relaxed, and picked her apart with more precise punches & kicks. Modafferi eventually threw a knee, and Porto used it to scoop her up and slam her to the ground. The second round was a good round for Porto. The third round was pretty much just a tired brawl, with both girls pushing forward and trying to score points, and Porto secured a takedown at the end of the round to sort of put a stamp on her performance. In the end, I actually ended up giving all 3 rounds to Porto, and all 3 judges agreed.
90.0
Decision (Split)
15:00
      The first round started out with some pretty wild & sloppy striking by both fighters, but Modafferi was eventually able to throw Lee to the ground, where she pretty much dominated her for most of the round. By the end of the round, Lee was able to work her way into a top position, and then she got back to her feet, which she did a pretty good job of doing throughout the fight. I still gave the first round to Modafferi though. Modafferi was able to control most of the rest of the fight, except the end of the second round, where Lee was on top, raining down elbows, but even after that, Modafferi was able to get back into top position before the bell rang. Really competitive fight overall, but a clear victory for Modafferi on my scorecard. I'm not really sure why one of the judges gave the fight to Lee.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty huge fight, as far as "Legends of Women's MMA" are concerned, but it wasn't really a great fight to watch. They're both on the downside of their careers it seems, both coming off bad losing streaks, and even though they specialize in ground fighting, the entire fight took place standing, striking with each other, where Modafferi was able to pick apart LaRosa for 15 minutes with her boxing. Nice unanimous decision victory for Roxanne Modafferi, I'm glad she won, since I like her as a person, but... I'm not entirely convinced that I really want to see either of these girls fight again in the future. (Especially not against each other for a fourth time)
89.0
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight. I'm sort of sad that Roxanne hasn't had a very good record trying to fight for a spot in the UFC yet, because I like her as a person, but Pennington really got brutal there at the end of this fight, brutally beating Modafferi's body with punches on the ground, and eventually she locked on a TIGHT guillotine choke, and held that for the final minute or so of the fight. Great win for Raquel Pennington, and I hope to see them both in the UFC again.
90.2
TKO (Punches)
7:33
      These girls traded some wild punches, and then Modafferi bullrushed Rakoczy, taking her to the ground 30 seconds into the round. She tried to land some bombs from the sky, but Rakoczy did a good job keeping her at bay with upkicks. Modafferi passed to side control, and spent the first half of the round beating up Rakoczy with short punches. Modafferi locked on an armbar with around 2 minutes left in the round, but Rakoczy proved that her submission defense is legit, as she powered out of it, and dropped some heavy punches from inside Modafferi's guard. They finally stood back up with one minute left in the round. Rakoczy landed a hard leg kick, and then Modafferi shot for another takedown, but was stuffed this time. Rakoczy definitely made it a fight, but I scored that round for Modafferi based on her grappling control for the majority of the round.
     Rakoczy came out working her boxing to start the second round, clipping Modafferi with some hard shots, and knocked her down a couple of times in the opening 30 seconds. She followed Modafferi to the ground, Modafferi went for an armbar, so Rakoczy just stood up and reset. Rakoczy blasted her with a hard left hook, Modafferi shot for a desperate takedown, Rakoczy grabbed the fence, and punched Modafferi in the back of the head with a series of hammerfists. The referee gave her a stern warning for grabbing the fence. The fight started back up, and they traded some knees from the clinch, Modafferi tried to whip Rakoczy to the ground, and finally brought her back to the ground 90 seconds into the round. Rakoczy quickly swept her, Modafferi tried to setup a triangle, Rakoczy slammed the shit out of her, practically knocking her out, Modaferri just laid there on the ground, Rakoczy got some free shots, and unloaded some big punches that kept Modafferi on the ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Rakoczy, as she showed that she's a serious contender in this tournament.
88.7
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
1:33
      These girls started the fight by trading some hard leg kicks, and then Modafferi clinched, pressing Letourneau against the fence. She scored a takedown, and Letourneau threw some elbows up from her guard. Modafferi did a good job passing her guard, Letourneau tried to get up, and Modafferi grabbed her back, locking on a body triangle. She slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission fairly early in the opening round to earn her spot in the TUF house. I'm proud of Modafferi for getting this win, and breaking her 5-Fight losing streak, even though this fight won't count on her professional record.
86.5
Decision
10:00
      This fight started with both girls trading leg kicks and sloppy punches. Modafferi eventually threw a kick, Hashi landed a clean counter punch, knocked Modafferi off balance, and jumped down into side control. Not a lot happened on the ground, other than Hashi landing some basic strikes, resulting in Hashi pretty clearly winning the opening round. Hashi grabbed Modafferi's back late in the round to put a stamp on the round.
     They picked up where they left off in the second round, as Hashi took Modafferi's back early, moved around a variety of top positions, spent a little time working for an Americana, Modafferi rolled out of that, and Hashi took her back again, etc... Hashi pretty much dominated Modafferi in this fight with her grappling, even nearly finishing her with a rear-naked choke at the end of the round, but Modafferi was saved by the bell, continuing the lengthy losing streak that Modafferi came into this fight with. Kudos to Hashi for beating a name opponent by unanimous decision.
88.2
Decision
10:00
      These girls clinched early, and Modafferi blasted Akano with some clean punches, but they didn't seem to have much power behind them. Akano threw Madafferi to the ground with a slick Judo throw, Modafferi swept her, and Akano immediately started looking for an ankle lock. Modafferi slipped out and took control of the grappling, finding her way to half mount, where she beat up Akano with some short punches. I scored round one for Modafferi.
     They clinched early in the second round, with Akano looking more aggressive in this round, and she tripped Modafferi to the ground early in the round. Modafferi was looking for an arm from her guard, but Akano dropped back for another leg lock attempt. Akano switched to a triangle choke, and Modafferi just stood up out of it and they reset back on their feet. They quickly went back to the ground and Akano continued to dig for another leg lock. There were some solid grappling exchanges in this fight, but for the most part, it felt a little slow paced. The judges gave the fight to Akano, and I would have to agree, based on her performance in the second round.
90.2
KO (Slam)
14:45
      Modafferi started this title fight off, with a flying knee / 3 Stooges Kick, but got caught in the clinch of Kaufman, where Kaufman controlled her for the rest of the round. Kaufman started the second round, boxing with Modafferi, and knocked her loopy, so that was fun. Modafferi eventually tried to pull guard, by hanging onto Kaufman, suspended in the air, but eventually got tired, and put her feet back on the ground. The rest of the round was pretty decent, and was capped off by another furious barrage of punches by Kaufman, almost finishing the fight again at the end of round two. Modafferi finally started to score some points in the third round, beating up Kaufman a little bit, but by the second half of the round, Kaufman was back in control, beating up Modafferi for a few minutes with strikes, she took her to the ground, Modafferi went for some sort of submission from the guard, Kaufman picked her up off the ground, and then SLAMMED her down, knocking her unconscious. NICE KO SLAM DELIVERED BY SARAH KAUFMAN!
89.9
Submission (Armbar)
1:05
      This was a fun little fight. Coenen started the fight by beating the crap out of Modafferi with her Muay Thai skills, and then she rocked Modafferi, knocked her to the ground, jumped on her, got sloppy, ended up on the bottom, and then Coenen locked on an armbar, and forced Modafferi to submit. Awesome win for Marloes Coenen, moving herself into the position of a title fight against Cyborg. Uh... Good luck with that shit...