In Episode 4 of The Ultimate Fighter 18, Team Rousey looks for its first win against Team Tate. In this episode, Team Rousey’s Jessica Rakoczy fights Team Tate’s Roxanne Modafferi.
In Episode 4, UFC fighter Dennis Hallman enters the TUF training center to help train members of Team Tate. Edmond Tarverdyan, coach of Riverside County’s Ronda Rousey, sizes up Hallman and stares at the UFC fighter. Hallman does not appreciate it, and the two men have to be restrained.
At the TUF house, both Jessica Rakoczy and Roxanne Modafferi help create a positive environment for the other fighters. Rakoczy makes sure that the dishes are washed and the rooms are clean. Modafferi makes the people around her smile with her positive attitude and disposition.
Both Rakoczy and Modafferi share their stories about how they got involved in the martial arts.
An emotional Rakoczy talks about having an abusive stepfather and moving out at the age of 15. She also talks about the death of her mother, who passed soon after Rakoczy moved out. Rakoczy explains that boxing helped her get through the pain in her life. Rakoczy, a 36-year-old single mother, mentions that she misses her son.
Modafferi talks about starting her martial arts training as a child in tae kwon do and moving on to grappling arts such as judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Modafferi explains that she didn’t want to punch anyone in the face at first but that eventually she became a professional fighter.
In the first round of their fight, Modafferi lands a couple takedowns, but she is not able to do much damage to Rakoczy. In the second round of the fight, Modafferi lands a takedown, but Rakoczy is able to sweep her opponent. From Modaferri’s guard, Rakoczy lifts Modaferri and slams her. Rakoczy pounces on Modaferri with punches and gets the finish in the second round.
Modafferi screams in disappointment, and Rakoczy tries to comfort her with words of encouragement. The two women embrace.
With the win, Rakoczy gives Team Rousey the right to choose the next match. Rousey decides to match David Grant against Louis Fisette.
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