Peggy Morgan admits she thought Modafferi was nothing more than a "skinny little nerd" when the show first started, but that perception changed once she saw the 30-year-old fight.
"I don’t think I need to tell you that Roxy is an anomaly," Morgan wrote. "What I’m about to say is going to betray just how little I knew about the WMMA scene when I went into this, but when I saw Roxy at tryouts, I thought, 'no way is that skinny little nerd a fighter.' I think it’s safe to assume I’m not the first person who thought this about her. And like them, I was dead wrong.
"I feel like it’s okay for me to call Roxy a nerd because I’m a nerd, too. You know how it is: we can call each other nerds, but if one of the cool kids calls us nerds, it’s offensive. At the same time, though, Roxy and I occupy totally different positions on the nerd spectrum. I like playing my cello and talking about Beowulf at length; she likes watching anime and making puns."
Morgan has lots of love for Modafferi, even though Rakoczy defeated her in the second round of their "TUF 18" fight.
"Roxy is also the most innocent thirty-year-old woman I’ve ever met," Morgan wrote. "Like when Anthony said he wanted a piece, and Roxy responded, “a piece of what?” She wasn’t kidding. She really didn’t know what he meant.
"For a while, I wondered if maybe Roxy had been raised in a convent or in some fairy tale cottage in the middle of the woods or something and that’s why she seemed so unworldly, but then I realized that it’s just in her nature to not see the ugly side of things. This is going to sound wicked cheesy, but I don’t care: Roxanne Modafferi is probably the most truly “good” person I’ve ever met. Like seriously. If Roxy wasn’t fighting, she would be Mother Teresa."
In honor of Morgan and Modafferi, here's a look at the best eyebrows in WMMA.