Maycee Barber
The Future

USA

Will face Roxanne Modafferi
FlyweightUFC
November 13, 2019
Barber will take on Roxanne Modafferi in a flyweight bout at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Barber has shown impressive power in her first three UFC fights, most recently defeating Gillian Robertson via TKO (punches) at UFC Boston in October. Barber's victory brought her record to 8-0 as a professional fighter, while Modafferi is coming off a loss to Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision in July that brought her professional record to 23-16. Modafferi has slight advantages in height and reach, but she will have her hands full with Barber, who has yet to be taken down in her first three UFC bouts.
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Starches Gillian Robertson Friday
FlyweightUFC
October 18, 2019
Barber defeated Gillian Robertson via TKO (punches) at 3:04 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Boston.
ANALYSIS
It's not clear if Barber's technical skills are lacking or if she simply feels more comfortable in a brawl, but every single fight in which she competes seems to turn into a war. Of course, when you have the power Barber possesses, along with the ability to generate offense from seemingly nowhere in a split second, you can cover up for a lot of potential technical mistakes. Given Barber's massive power, she seems like an exceptional bet moving forward as long as she can keep a fight standing, and she is yet to be taken down in any of her first three UFC bouts. Robertson failed on both her tries Friday. A perfect 3-0 with the company, Barber has earned KO wins in each and every appearance. It's a cliche and corny, but "The Future" is now.
Draws Robertson in October
FlyweightUFC
July 31, 2019
Barber (hand) has agreed to fight Gillian Robertson in a flyweight matchup at UFC Boston on Oct. 18, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Barber last saw the UFC Octagon in March, when she put away J.J. Aldrich in the second round in what proved to be a costly victory. The 21-year-old, undefeated prospect suffered a broken hand in that contest, which led to a surgical procedure in April that came with a 8-to-12 week return timetable. Even if she needed the long end of that window, Barber should already be good to resume training for the fall matchup. She'll draw a game opponent that is 4-1 with the UFC, who happens to thrive on her wrestling (3.77 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time). Barber is a capable wrestler who has yet to be taken down under the UFC banner, but to date she has gotten by on volume striking.
Undergoes hand surgery
FlyweightUFC
April 3, 2019
Barber (hand) is projected to take between eight and 12 weeks to recover after she underwent surgery Tuesday, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Barber was originally handed a 180-day medical suspension after she fractured her hand in a second-round win over J.J. Aldrich via TKO (knee and punches), but the preliminary time period has her hoping to return in August. She'll still need to be cleared by a physician to be allowed into the octagon before the 180 days runs out in late-September, but all signs are currently pointing towards The Future returning before her medical suspension ends.
Dealt medical suspension
FlyweightUFC
March 26, 2019
Barber has been suspended 180 days by the Tennessee Athletic Commission pending a physician's clearance for a right hand injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barber remained undefeated Saturday in Nashville with her fourth consecutive TKO victory, but did not emerge from the bout completely unscathed. She said in the post-fight show that she was hoping to next fight during International Fight Week in July, but she'll now need medical clearance in order for that to come to fruition, as he medical suspension could last until late-September. Some time off could be good for the 20-year-old prospect, as there were some deficiencies in her striking that almost cost her Saturday. Nonetheless, the future is bright for the soon-to-be strawweight contender.
Digs deep to find second-round TKO
FlyweightUFC
March 23, 2019
Barber defeated J.J. Aldrich via TKO (knee and punches) at 3:01 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Barber seemed flustered by the-in-your-face fight style of Aldrich at the outset, as she was dropped by a solid counter shot after throwing a kick. Barber regrouped in Round 2, however, coming forward more and taking the initiative, which resulted in a hard shot that hurt her opponent en route to the finish. This is the first bit of adversity we have seen from Barber in her MMA career, and while she still has work to do, it's clear that she is one of the exciting prospects to emerge in the flyweight division. She improves to 7-0 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.