During the May 4 episode of Promoting Real Women, hard-hitting Michigan striker Amanda Bobby "ABC" Cooper (1-0 Pro MMA) told show host Jason Adams that she would love the opportunity to welcome UFC vet Roxanne "The Happy Warrior" Modafferi (15-11) to the Invicta FC cage. Cooper, 22, holds no ill will towards Modafferi, and it was nothing more than a respectful callout. She simply wants the fight in order to test her skills against a grizzled WMMA legend.
Cooper, a standout boxer who shocked the world with a submission victory over Brittany Dugas in her pro debut earlier this year, doesn't want an easy warmup fight for her Invicta FC debut. She's looking to jump into deep waters with a bout against a tough veteran such as Modafferi. Is Cooper truly ready to step into the cage with the 31-year-old submission ace?
No one knows for sure until it actually happens, but Cooper deserves props for putting it out there that she wants to fight Modafferi. The only way to be a legend is to beat a legend, and no one knows that better than Cooper. Since Modafferi has been in the MMA game for over a decade, and has appeared everywhere from Smackgirl to HooknShoot to The Ultimate Fighter reality show, she's a well-known name in the women's mixed martial arts community.
"The Happy Warrior" may have technically dropped her past six fights, but MMA fans haven't forgotten that she has beaten some of the best female fighters to have ever lived. Modafferi, who signed with Invicta FC following a short stint with the UFC, holds victories over legends such as Tara LaRosa, Marloes Coenen and Vanessa Porto.
Modafferi also beat Megumi Yabushita twice, and defeated Keiko Tamai in Japan. Additionally, she tapped out Hee Jin Lee via armbar in a fight in Japan in 2007, and finished Molly Helsel with a gorgeous rear-naked choke in a King of the Cage fight four years ago. Despite her recent woes, Modafferi is a legit contender both at 125 and 135 pounds.
If Cooper is able to beat her, it would instantly propel her to star status and possibly draw attention from UFC matchmakers. The 22-year-old may just have one pro victory under her belt, but she has proven over the course of her career that she can hang with high-level talent.
Cooper is riding a five-fight win streak, including three victories by way of knockout. The Cooper vs Modafferi matchup would be a classic striker vs submission ace clash, but both ladies have shown off well-rounded skillsets of late. Cooper had been known for her spectacular knockout finishes early in her career, yet she defeated Dugas via armbar in her most recent fight.
Modafferi was primarily known for her submission skills, but she seemed willing to stand and bang in her recent fights under the UFC banner. No word yet when the next Invicta FC card will be. When it is announced, hopefully Invicta FC officials will consider pairing up Cooper and Modafferi. It would have "Fight of the Night" written all over it.