According to a Sept. 26 post from MMA Weekly, Peggy Morgan wasn’t smiling at the conclusion of Roxanne Modafferi’s fight with Jessica Rakoczy.
Morgan said that Modafferi is one of the most genuine, likeable person she has ever come across, so the fight was tough to watch.
“Roxy is also the most innocent thirty-year-old woman I’ve ever met. 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,” Morgan said of Modafferi. “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.
“From the beginning, we’d all said jokingly that whoever had to fight Roxy was an (expletive). Well, Jessica had to be the (expletive). It wasn’t a fun fight for any of us to watch, but in a way, I’m glad that it happened because it revealed the human side of fighting in a way that no other fight I’ve ever seen.”
Morgan calls Modafferi a nerd, but she thinks it’s okay to call her that because she’s a nerd as well.
“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,” Morgan said. “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 may not have been smiling at the end of Modafferi’s fight, but others were happy to reveal their pearly whites.
In Morgan’s honor, here’s a look at the top 10 best smiles in WMMA.
WMMA is a lot like high school; Having the best smile makes you more popular and likely to succeed.
UFC champ Ronda Rousey rode her pearly whites all the way to the world-famous Octagon, while securing more than a handful of sponsorship deals.
California submission ace Rachael “The Panther” Cummins always has a big, goofy smile splattered across her face.
She’s slated to return to action next month against Michele Gutierrez.
Invicta FC boss Shannon Knapp obviously flosses and brushes at least twice a day.
With plans for Invicta FC 7 running smoothly, Knapp has every reason to smile.
Miesha Tate has been all smiles during “The Ultimate Fighter,” probably because she knows she’ll be laughing all the way to the bank when numbers come in for her fight against Ronda Rousey.
Invicta FC atomweight contender Laura Sanko has a beautiful baby on the way. If the baby is lucky, he or she will inherit the lovely smile that’s always on momma’s face.
Invicta FC atomweight contender Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc is super serious inside the cage, but she never stops smiling outside of it. Fight fans are hoping she’ll have a chance to compete at Invicta FC 7.
When you’re a former Bellator champ and perennial contender in the 125-pound ranks, why not smile?
Zoila Gurgel is expected to be featured on the Invicta FC 7 card on Dec. 7 in Kansas City.
Jessica Eye has plenty of reasons to smile these days. She was out of work for about five minutes after Bellator released her from her contract, as the UFC smartly scooped her up right away.
The gap-toothed smile is the new fashionable calling card. Plenty of models and celebrities have gaps between their teeth, as it seems to be the hip new fashion trend.
Fiona Muxlow has a sexy gap between her teeth. It adds character and makes her unique.
With a smile like that, it’s no wonder Rach Wiley keeps bringing sexy back.
Wiley, 19, is a standout striker from Kansas. “Smiley” rhymes with her last name, so maybe the nickname will stick.