After securing a remarkable victory over Amanda Ribas at UFC Jacksonville, Maycee Barber has her sights set on a rematch with Alexa Grasso, regardless of the outcome of Grasso’s upcoming fight against Valentina Shevchenko. Barber expressed her desire for the rematch during the post-fight press conference, stating, “I’ve been saying it time and time again, whether Alexa wins against Valentina or not, I do want that rematch. So we’ll see. That would be ideal, but we’ll see. I’m going to go back and talk to Hunter Campbell, Mick Maynard, and the team, and figure it out.”
Barber, 25, delivered a sensational performance in the co-main event, delivering a devastating head kick followed by a flurry of punches to defeat Ribas in the second round. Her outstanding display earned her an additional $50,000 in bonus money, extended her winning streak to five fights, and secured her the second-most knockouts in the history of the UFC women’s flyweight division.
This victory also put an end to a streak of six consecutive decision victories for Barber, addressing criticisms that she struggled to finish fights without relying on the judges’ decisions. “It means everything,” Barber emphasized. “Every time I step into the cage, I’m aiming for a finish, and although the competition is getting tougher, I needed to elevate my performance and put myself in a position where I knew the only way out was by finishing my opponent.”
Currently boasting an 8-2 record in the UFC, Barber’s only losses came in a 2020 bout against Roxanne Modafferi, during which she suffered a torn ACL, and a 2021 decision loss to Alexa Grasso, who is now the women’s flyweight champion in the UFC.
Grasso claimed the title in a stunning fashion by submitting long-reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko with a fourth-round face crank. The two fighters are scheduled for a rematch on September 16th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Barber views the outcome of the rematch as uncertain, acknowledging the skill of both Grasso and Shevchenko, stating, “It’s a toss-up. Alexa is an incredible fighter. Valentina was a dominant champion for so long for a reason. So honestly, it’s hard to give a prediction because anything can happen.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about rematch
Q: Who does Maycee Barber want to have a rematch with after her win at UFC Jacksonville?
A: Maycee Barber wants to have a rematch with Alexa Grasso, regardless of the outcome of Grasso’s fight against Valentina Shevchenko.
Q: How did Maycee Barber’s win at UFC Jacksonville impact her career?
A: Maycee Barber’s win at UFC Jacksonville was the most impressive victory of her young career. It extended her winning streak to five straight fights, earned her an extra $50,000 in bonus money, and solidified her position as the second-highest in terms of knockouts in the history of the UFC women’s flyweight division.
Q: Was Maycee Barber able to address criticisms about her inability to finish fights?
A: Yes, with her victory at UFC Jacksonville, Maycee Barber put an end to a streak of six consecutive decision victories. She delivered a devastating head kick followed by a barrage of punches, showcasing her ability to finish fights convincingly.
Q: What are Maycee Barber’s thoughts on a potential rematch with Alexa Grasso?
A: Maycee Barber expressed her desire for a rematch with Alexa Grasso, considering it an ideal matchup for her. She believes that regardless of Grasso’s fight against Valentina Shevchenko, the rematch would be an exciting opportunity for both fighters.
Q: What is the status of Alexa Grasso’s upcoming rematch with Valentina Shevchenko?
A: Alexa Grasso is scheduled to have a rematch with Valentina Shevchenko on a UFC Fight Night card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 16th. The outcome of this rematch is eagerly anticipated, as both fighters are considered formidable competitors in the flyweight division.