UFC flyweight Maycee Barber is all set to work with former Bellator, ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren ahead of her next fight which is scheduled to take place at UFC 246 against Roxanne Modafferi.
However, Ben Askren has made it clear that he will not be coaching MMA. Askren, 34, represented the USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and was also a two-time NCAA champion.
“I’m not coaching at Roufus – I’m only coaching Maycee [Barber],” Askren revealed in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I will not be coaching MMA.”
“With Maycee, I’m coaching wrestling, and I do have a great perspective on how the wrestling ties into everything else, because I had to do everything else myself,” Askren explained. “Some of these wrestling coaches haven’t fought a day in their lives, so they don’t know how wrestling ties into everything else. I actually had to go out there and do it.
“As far as Maycee’s case, I didn’t ever think I was going to be coaching fighting. I didn’t think that was in the cards. They talked me into it, so I am. She’s a lot of fun to work with.” (H/T – MMAFighting)
Maycee Barber’s last victory came against Antonina Shevchenko at UFC Fight Night 149 in April earlier this year.
She has caused quite a stir in the strawweight division having won three straight fights via TKO. After the fight, she called out Paige VanZant for a fight and said that she would ruin her Instagram career. Following her callout, PVZ tagged 62 female fighters from flyweight and strawweight division she is willing to fight in an Instagram post except for Maycee Barber.
UFC 246 will be headlined by former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor against Donald ‘Cowboy’Cerrone.
UFC 246 Main Card, Prelims:
135 lbs.: Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
155 lbs.: Diego Ferreira vs. Anthony Pettis
145 lbs.: Maycee Barber vs. Roxanne Modafferi
155 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Nasrat Haqparast
145 lbs.: Grant Dawson vs. Chas Skelly
265 lbs.: Maurice Greene vs. Aleksei Oleinik
115 lbs.: Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso
145 lbs.: Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff
125 lbs.: Askar Askarov vs. Tim Elliott
135 lbs.: Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne
125 lbs.: J.J. Aldrich vs. Sabina Mazo