The victory didn’t come without its rewards, as Modafferi says she received $100 from a fan who bet on her to beat Barber.
“One of my fans messaged me on social media that he bet $1,000 on me. So, cool. Enjoy that,” she told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto (via Milan Ordonez of Bloody Elbow). “One of my fans actually PayPal-ed me $100 after I won, so that’s pretty cool. I have the best fans.”
Modafferi was considered the underdog in the bout against Barber, despite the fact that Modafferi had a 30 fight experience edge over the youthful Barber.
Outside of becoming a UFC champion, another goal Modafferi has is to show people what a good mixed martial artists is.
“It’s cool. I want to really show what a good martial artist should be like,” she said. “I think that’s one of my callings. Teach kids jiu-jitsu, be a good martial artist, show that you don’t have to be angry and like ‘Your mama, blah blah blah’ in order to be a good fighter and turn it on the Octagon. So, I get the job done.”
There is no word yet on what is next for Modafferi, who has won three of six in her second stint with the UFC.