A rematch between former BodogFIGHT women’s champion Tara LaRosa and Roxanne Modaferri that had been scheduled to take place on Nov. 8 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago under the Ironheart Crown promotional banner has been cancelled.
The news was first revealed in a report by Sherdog.com’s Jordan Breen.
Both LaRosa and Modaferri are contracted to the upstart American Fight League promotion and were loaned to Ironheart Crown after the AFL was forced to postpone a planned pay-per-view for a third time after failing to secure funding for the event.
According to the Sherdog report, it appears the AFL’s financial issues served as the culprit behind the decision to pull three of its contracted fighters, LaRosa, Modaferri, and featherweight Raphael Assuncao from the Ironheart show.
The news will come as a major setback to both LaRosa and Modafferi, who despite being considered as top ten pound-for-pound female fighters, have been subjected to recent prolonged hiatuses from competition.
LaRosa, 15-1, last fought on November 24 of last year in Indiana during a HOOKnSHOOT show that saw her submit Cody Welchin in the second round of a bout contested at 125 pounds.
Modaferri, who currently resides in Japan, has not fought since an April victory for the Fatal Femmes Fighting promotion in California in which she recorded a third round TKO over Vanessa Porto.
The previous LaRosa vs. Modaferri matchup took place in March of 2006 in Atlantic City, N.J. during MFC’s “Boardwalk Blitz.” LaRosa won the bout in a unanimous decision in what many critics considered at the time to be the best fight on the show.