As the old saying goes, ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ – although in the case of two-time TUF vet Roxanne Modafferi, it’s about fighting in championship bouts and never managing to win a belt.

Just as she did when she fought for a Strikeforce title and an Invicta FC title, Roxy battled hard at last night’s TUF 26 Finale, but fellow TUFer Nicco Montano battled harder, and after five hard rounds, it was Montano who got the judges’ nod – and the inaugural 125-pound female championship title.

Roxy did have her moments, including a top control late in the first round, and time spent in Round 2 pursuing a wobbly opponent. However, more consistent was Montano’s effective offense. In the waning seconds of the fifth, Roxy very nearly snagged an armbar, but when time ran out, so did the salty veteran’s chances as finally securing a title.