Memoirs of a Happy Warrior takes you, the reader, on her journey of becoming lost in Tokyo and its surrounding cities, figuring out how to use the country’s public transportation, living in the Mecca of anime and the birthplace of some of the most respected martial arts in the world. It wasn’t always easy for Roxanne, though, as she often found herself struggling to communicate with those around her as well as suffering a nasty injury during one of the most crucial times of her early MMA career.
Still, Roxanne persevered and tackled some of the toughest women in Japanese MMA and held her own against them all. Memoirs of a Happy Warrior describes what it was like for someone who never, ever wanted to hurt anybody to be able to find the inner strength to inflict punishment onto her opponent and have her hand raised in victory over and over. Training and fighting is not an easy career to pursue, but Roxanne Modafferi not only embraced the challenges; she conquered them to become a legitimate world champion. Over the years, she would continue to fight and eventually landed a coveted spot on the 18th season of the wildly popular UFC-based reality TV series The Ultimate Fighter.
Roxanne Modafferi was born to two loving parents in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1982. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese Language and Literature, with a minor in Linguistics. Ever since middle school, she’s been training in various forms of martial arts, finding her best fit in grappling arts such as judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and submission grappling. She turned to mixed martial arts, debuting in her junior year of college, and climbing to the top of the 135 lb weight division. After graduating, she moved to Japan, where she became an English teacher. She worked and trained full time. In September of 2013, after participating in The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, she moved from Japan to Las Vegas to pursue MMA full time.