Having marked her fourth straight victory in the Octagon, UFC flyweight Maycee Barber has now shifted her focus to the fight she has been longing for quite some time- a rematch with her former adversary and current divisional champion, Alexa Grasso.
This Saturday night at UFC San Antonio, Barber locked horns against Andrea Lee at the AT&T Center. After a neck to neck clash that went the distance, “The Future” won the fight via split decision.
While she wanted a more exciting fight, Barber said she is satisfied with how she performed against “KGB” inside the cage.
“I was a little bit frustrated, obviously, she’s strong and she’s been working her wrestling, but the thing is, she took me down and she was able to hold, but wasn’t doing any damage,” said Barber during the post-fight press conference. “So, that was a little bit frustrating because it just felt like we’re just sitting here just to sit here.”
“So, I was trying to figure out a way to cause damage and do some damage, but at the same time, I think if she was trying to do some damage herself, it would have created a little bit more opening for us to have some scrambles. I think it would have been a little bit more exciting of a fight, but I’m happy with the performance for sure,” she added.
If they give me the spot, I’ll take it: Maycee Barber
The win over Lee marked Maycee Barber’s fourth victory in a row- since she suffered her second career defeat at the hands of Grasso back in February 2021 at UFC 258 via unanimous decision.
During the press conference, Barber discussed a potential rematch with the Mexican, who now holds the 125-pound belt, courtesy of her shock victory at UFC 285 that ended the long title reign of Valentina Shevchenko earlier this month.
“If they give me the spot, then I’ll take it,” Barber went on, “At the same time, the next girl they put in my way, I’m going to wreck her too. … Obviously, I lost to her, so obviously, I want that fight back. But at the same time, I’m never going to create excuses because Alexa Grasso is an amazing athlete and fighter, but that was a camp I’m not proud of. I’m not proud of that at all.”
“I had a lot of outside factors, but I was training, and I was working hard, and I was going as though I was going to win that fight. She was the better fighter that night, so obviously, there’s a little bit of bitterness in my mouth. I want that fight back,” Barber concluded. [H/T MMA Junkie]
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