Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. Fight Sports

Roxanne Modafferi 'conflicted' over Ronda Rousey's lack of sportsmanship

See also

According to a Dec. 29 post from, TUF 18 contestant Roxanne Modafferi has mixed feelings on the way UFC bantamweight champ "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey (8-0) acted inside the cage following her UFC 168 victory over Miesha Tate.

On one hand, Modafferi totally understands why Rousey wouldn't want to shake someone's hand who disrespected her family.

On the other hand, "The Happy Warrior" knows young girls look up to Rousey as a role model, so she thinks its important that the star judoka sets a positive example for the next generation of WMMA stars.

"I don’t care if Nick Diaz flips off cameras. But somehow it’s different for me for the females," Modafferi said. "Maybe because we have only a few women who are in the spotlight right now, to look up to. I care very much that my little 7-year-old girl student is posting on Facebook pictures of herself in a T shirt that says 'Stay calm and break arms,' scowling, with a mean face, trying to be like Ronda.

"Don’t be angry, you’re seven. I choose to be 'the Happy Warrior' as an adult choice. Tons of young female fighters – from 4 yrs old and up, are looking to her as a role-model. But Ronda should do what’s in her heart. She feels that Miesha is being fake. Who are we to expect her to go against her heart and shake Miesha’s hand in what society deems as ‘sportsman-like?’ And how about flipping her off on camera in TUF all the time?

"I won’t say what she should or should not do."

Rousey, 26, refused to shake her opponent's hand after winning at UFC 168 because she feels Tate acted in a disrespectful manner towards her coaching staff.

“It’s the price of the role I was in,” Rousey said after she was booed by the crowd for not shaking Tate's hand. “When she formally apologizes to my coaches and they accept it, I’ll shake her hand. She’s a great fighter, she had my respect, but she needs to make up for the things she’s done.”

Rousey's whole gimmick is that she's "real mean," and not "fake nice" like Tate. She thinks Tate is someone who will trash-talk behind someone's back and then act friendly to them in person.

Rousey's decision to not shake Tate's hand fits with her gimmick because it would be "fake nice" to accept the gesture. Rousey doesn't like Tate, so why should she shake the hand of someone she has no respect for?


Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Sports Buzz

Related Videos:

  • <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Ronda Rousey fought Liz Carmouche in the UFC
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517684898" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Nate Diaz wants more money to fight in the UFC
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517188794" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!