Sexton Edges Modafferi, McVeigh Retains Title at CWFC 40

By Jordan Breen

It was neither pretty nor surgical, but Rosi Sexton edged out a win against Roxanne Modafferi in the highly competitive main event of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 40 at London’s HMV Forum on Saturday.

Both 125-pound women came out slinging leather, with Modafferi mixing in push kicks to keep the shorter Sexton at range. Sexton succeeded in taking the fight to the fence, where the two jockeyed for position and takedowns with over-under hooks. The round was largely a stalemate, with Modafferi scoring with intermittent knees in the clinch and Sexton finally securing a takedown in the waning seconds.

Sexton needed less time — roughly 90 seconds — to drag Modafferi down in the second, but was unable to advance past the rangy American’s guard once there. Modafferi threatened with an armbar from the bottom and finished the period hunting for a leg lock while dodging short punches from Sexton.

“To be honest, I never really felt threatened,” Sexton, 33, remarked in her postfight interview. “There were a few things that took a little bit of time to work my way out of, but there was nothing that was so tight that I was worried.”

 

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