<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=197897" target="_blank"> SI: Modafferi puts years of training to the test </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=197897" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=74&y=29&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=A0EE47D1-1D09-6BFC-E570DE2CE49EEE83.jpg" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[sportsillustrated.cnn.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <blockquote>
Pursuing passions is a way of life for Roxanne Modafferi. At the moment, she's happily chasing two, though that number seems to vary by the day.
"I'm pretty busy, not too much of a social life," said Modafferi, who is scheduled to face Marloes Coenen at Strikeforce card Saturday. "That's one of the drawbacks."
Conjoined at the top of her to-do list: become the best female fighter in MMA, and speak flawless Japanese. In a sense, the latter helped her find the former.
Following high school, Modafferi enrolled at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she jumped into the linguistics program. Downtime was rare. From 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. she worked at a bagel shop. Classes filled her days, and gym time occupied evenings. Some would say earning a degree from UMass in four years is as impressive as anything Modafferi accomplished in the fight game, and there is plenty to boast of when it comes to that.
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