Maycee Barber

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Will now fight Blanchfield
FlyweightUFC
October 12, 2021
Barber will now take on Erin Blanchfield in a flyweight bout at the UFC event Dec. 11, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barber's original opponent, Montana De La Rosa, had to withdraw from the original booking last week due to an undisclosed reason. Barber has gone 1-2 in his last three fights, most recently a split decision win over Miranda Maverick. Blanchfield dominated in his UFC debut just a little less than a month ago.
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Needs new opponent for UFC 269
FlyweightUFC
October 6, 2021
Barber announced Tuesday in a story shared on her personal Instagram account that Montana De La Rosa has withdrawn from their scheduled flyweight fight Dec. 11 at UFC 269.
ANALYSIS
The promotion will presumably look to secure a replacement on the card for De La Rosa, with Barber specifically mentioning that she would welcome a rematch with Roxanne Modafferi, whom she lost to at UFC 246 in January 2020. After dropping two straight fights, Barber improved her career MMA record to 9-2-0 in her last trip to the Octagon in July, when she secured a split-decision victory over Miranda Maverick.
Matchup booked with De La Rosa
FlyweightUFC
September 1, 2021
Barber (9-2-0) is scheduled to face Montana De La Rosa (12-6-1) in a flyweight fight Dec. 11 at UFC 269, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Barber bounced back from two straight losses in her last trip to the Octagon on July 24, when she defeated Miranda Maverick in a split decision. The 23-year-old owns a 4-2 record in the UFC since making her promotional debut in November of 2018.
Edges out close decision
FlyweightUFC
July 24, 2021
Barber defeated Miranda Maverick via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Barber seemed to have trouble finding her range early, but put her slow start in the rearview mirror in Round 2, when she was able to do some good work in the clinch. This was before a decisive Round 3 allowed her to take home the win. There is a legitimate case to be made that the striking and grappling of Maverick was enough for her to win this fight, but Barber will likely pay no mind to that kind of talk, as she picks up a desperately needed win after dropping her last two fights. Barber improves to 9-2 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
To face Maverick on July 24
FlyweightUFC
April 7, 2021
Barber will face Miranda Maverick at UFC Fight Night on July 24, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barber will be looking to revenge her recent two-match losing streak, as the flyweight lost to Alexa Grasso via unanimous decision back on Feb. 13. On the other hand, Maverick will attempt to extend her UFC winning streak to three matches. Maverick most recently won against Gillian Robertson at UFC 260 on March 27.
Losing streak hits two
FlyweightUFC
February 13, 2021
Barber lost to Alexa Grasso via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 258 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Barber deserves credit for emptying the gas tank and going for broke in Round 3 in a fight in which she was clearly behind on the scorecards. That said, there's a reason she found herself trailing. Maycee tried to remain aggressive early in the fight, but Grasso countered her to death. Barber was never in any real trouble outside of a Round 2 submission attempt from Grasso, but her inability to pick her spots over the course of the first ten minutes cost her this fight. Barber's fight IQ is low, which is understandable given her youth. Barber was coming off major knee surgery and hadn't fought in nearly 13 months, but the UFC would be wise to rethink their future plans for her. Maycee won't turn 23 years of age until May and still has a boatload of future potential. The UFC can't allow this to turn into another Sage Northcutt or Paige VanZant situation. Let Barber go to an organization like Invicta and get her reps and rejoin the company at some point down the line. There's no rush. Barber is so young that all that matters at this point is that she continues fighting on a regular basis and remains healthy. She has also lost back-to-back fights, and the UFC would be wise to make sure this doesn't snowball out of control.