by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
LOS ANGELES – The effortlessly amiable Roxanne Modafferi strode to her Fatal Femmes Fighting title fight on Thursday night wearing grandma glasses and smiling widely as opponent Vanessa Porto stared her down. It had been a year since she had fought, having spent that time training in Tokyo beside the likes of Yushin Okami. Worries of ring rust couldn’t break her excitement.
“Fighting is supposed to be fun,” Modafferi said.
But fun didn’t get in the way of the business at hand, as Modafferi dispatched Porto in the third round after a submission scare in the first. Porto connected with some nice punches early on before taking Modafferi down. After reversing her foe against the cage, Modafferi had a tense moment as she defended a deep armbar to the bell.
The second round treated her better, as she returned the favor and locked in a reverse triangle and armbar as Porto again took the action down. Porto would not submit, letting the bell save her in the second.
So Modafferi stepped up the intensity in the third, connecting with several head-kicks that sent Porto staggering back into the cage. After releasing a barrage of punches, Modafferi sealed the deal with an unbroken chain of knees to Porto’s head as the two careened across the cage. Bloodied and battered, referee Herb Dean saved Porto from further punishment, declaring Modafferi the winner.
“I’m really happy I got to use my kicks,” Modafferi told MMAWeekly.com with her characteristic smile. She retained her FFF lightweight championship belt with the victory.
Lana Stefanac effortlessly took opponent Teyvia Reid down in the opening moments of their bout, moving quickly to mount. As Reid tried to escape punishment from above, the dominant heavyweight locked in an armbar, securing the tapout and retaining her FFF heavyweight title.
Amanda Buckner turned in a disappointing performance against Japanese import Takayo Hashi. More of a Muay Thai fight than anything else, the two stood and battered each other for three rounds, but the difference in skill was apparent in the clinch. Buckner ceded control of the position time and time again, allowing Hashi to score with knees. When separated, Hashi punished Buckner’s legs and torso with kicks, slowing any momentum the American gained from her crisp striking. In the end, the judges gave Hashi a unanimous nod for her performance.
“This is my first time in America, and I hope to come back,” Hashi said. “I am so happy to win.”
Fatal Femmes Fighting 4 Results:
-Roxanne Modafferi def. Vanessa Porto by TKO (Strikes) at 0:53, R3
-Carina Damm def. Sofie Bagherdai by Submission (Armbar) at 1:52, R2
-Lana Stefanac def. Teyvia Reid by Submission (Armbar) at 0:36, R1
-Takayo Hashi def. Amanda Buckner by Unanimous Decision at 3:00, R3
-Alexis Davis def. Liz Carriero by Unanimous Decision at 3:00, R3
-Sarah Schneider def. Ashley Sanchez by Unanimous Decision at 3:00, R3
-Sally Krumdiak def. Jamie Lynn by Unanimous Decision at 3:00, R3
-Emily Thompson def. Breanne Vickers by TKO (Ref Stoppage) at 0:57, R1
-Jenn Babcock def. Tammie Schneider by Submission (Strikes) at 1:05, R1
-Michelle Roody def. Franita Gathings by TKO (Strikes) at 2:54, R1
-Tamara Parks def. Lina Koukov by Submission (Armbar) at 2:24, R1
-Tierra Arnold def. Veronica Locurto by Split Decision at 3:00, R3