According to a Sept. 26 post from MMA Junkie, Jessica Rakoczy says her coaches wanted her to do nothing but stand and trade punches with Roxanne Modafferi on Episode 4 of “TUF 18.”
“As for the fight, my coaches wanted me to just stand up and box the whole time, but Roxanne Modafferi is so tricky, and she just kind of fell on me and was able to get me to the ground,” Rakoczy said. “I had a hard time trying to do what I needed to do, and then you get tired grappling and fighting on the ground. She definitely won that first round, easy. My coach at home told me it wasn’t as bad as he thought it was going to be.
“The coaches were screaming and yelling at me to keep it standing, but she was good at taking it to the ground, where I have minimal experience. It’s all a learning experience for me. The armbar wasn’t close at all, though. She was good at smothering me, but I didn’t feel like she had the strength to really control me. Had she been punching, I think I could have got out of it quicker, but she was controlling me well.”
Rakoczy said her corner was upset with her between rounds, being that she wasn’t boxing with Modafferi.
“It looked like Roxanne was a little tired in the second round. They didn’t show it between rounds, but my corner was like, What the f–k are you doing? Why are you not boxing? It really opened my eyes, and I was like, I’m sorry. So I tried to stand, but it didn’t really work, and then Ronda was really pissed that I wasn’t listening,” Rakoczy said. “But it was just hard because Roxanne was holding me down. Of course, I didn’t help myself by going back to into her guard, either. I just wasn’t thinking. I don’t have a ton of experience in MMA, and I just made a bad mistake. I should have pushed her legs out of the way rather than going into her guard. That comes with experience. Fortunately, it worked out OK with the big slam.
“I think when she hit the ground, it knocked the wind out of her because she let go right away. I hesitated to go back for the finish because everyone was yelling at me to stand up. They didn’t want me to back in, so I was wary of wether or not I should go back to the ground. But then they saw she was hurt, and they were yelling at me to get on her. I was just hearing so much yelling that I was second-guessing myself.”
Rakoczy is an excellent striker, one of the best in the sport. In her honor, here’s a look at the best strikers in WMMA.
Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos
Invicta FC featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Santos is easily the most feared striker in women’s MMA, with 10 of her 12 victories coming by way of knockout.
Invicta FC flyweight Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith isn’t happy unless her fights are standup slugfests. She always comes to bang and she leaves it all in the cage.
Invicta FC featherweight Veronica “The Heartbreaker” Rothenhausler has four-straight victories by way of knockout.
None of her opponents have made it out of the first round with her.
Known for her aggressive fighting style, unique look and quirky personality, Invicta FC strawweight Bec “Rowdy” Hyatt is a dangerous striker with a handful of victories under her belt.
Rarely does Sarah Kaufman make it out of her fights without a face full of bruising, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Kaufman’s fights are typically all out wars, due to her crowd-pleasing standup style.
Invicta FC strawweight contender Joanne Calderwood is a Muay Thai expert with some of the most devastating knees and standing elbow strikes in the game.
Former Bellator champ Zoila Gurgel loves to slug it out inside the cage, and one of her most notable victories was a knockout win over Rosi Sexton way back in 2010.
Invicta FC strawweight contender Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres has some of the fastest hands in the game, but her jiu-jitsu is superb as well.
“Lightning” Liz McCarthy showed off her exceptional striking skills at Invicta FC 2, where she battered Jess Philippus until the doctors had seen enough.
When 18-time boxing world champion Holly Holm decided to make the transition to MMA, she instantly became one of the sport’s most feared strikers.
She has notched four-straight KO victories since making the switch.