Roxanne Modafferi to Face Taila Santos at UFC’s May 8 Show

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Roxanne Modafferi Credit: Rodney James Edgar/Cageside Press

Taila Santos has turned a recent win over UFC flyweight record-setter Gillian Robertson into a crack at women’s fighting trailblazer Roxanne Modafferi.

On Tuesday, Brazil’s Combate was first to report that Modafferi and Santos would face off at the UFC’s May 8, 2021 Fight Night event.

Santos (17-1) defeated Robertson in a unanimous decision back in December. That fight was the Brazilian’s second straight win, following a July victory, also via unanimous decision, against Molly McCann.

The only blemish on the record of Taila Santos came in her UFC debut against Mara Romero Borella.

Modafferi (25-18), meanwhile, is one of the longest-serving veterans of women’s MMA at this point, especially in the UFC. A pro since 2003, “The Happy Warrior” is entering her 44th bout — and you can add her Ultimate Fighter exhibition fights on top of that as well. Since returning to the UFC in 2017 thanks to the introduction of the women’s flyweight division, Modafferi has been trading wins and losses — most recently suffering a setback against Viviane Araujo.

The UFC’s May 8 card does not have an official location, venue, or broadcast plans set. The card currently consists of the following match-ups:

Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ryan Benoit
Ilia Topuria vs. Ľudovít Klein
Holly Holm vs. Julianna Pena
Maurice Greene vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Christian Aguilera vs. Carlston Harris
Jimmy Flick vs. Francisco Figueiredo
Jun Yong Park vs. Tafon Nchukwi
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Taila Santos