UFC books Maycee Barber – Miranda Maverick

The UFC has finalized a fun flyweight matchup between two top prospects. Dana White confirmed with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that the promotion was booking a flyweight contest between Maycee Barber (8-2) and Miranda Maverick (9-2).

The matchup will take place at a UFC Fight Night on July 24th. Both contenders rank just inside the top fifteen with Barber at 14th and Maverick at 15th. This is a massive opportunity for Miranda Maverick.

Maverick made her UFC debut in October when she took on Liana Jojua. She was able to earn a TKO by doctor stoppage after the first round. She last fought just over a week ago when she took on Gillian Robertson at UFC 260.

It was another impressive win for the 23 year old prospect. When Maverick makes the walk on July 24th, she will have just turned 24 years old and she has a big opportunity to defeat a big name in the flyweight division.

Maverick is riding a five-fight win streak counting her first two victories in the UFC. If she is able to win in July against Maycee Barber, her stock is going to start rising drastically.

UFC bounce back for Barber?

In October of 2019, Barber was in a similar position as Maverick. She had just defeated Gillian Robertson and she was 3-0 in the UFC. Her nickname of “The Future” personified exactly what the MMA community thought of her.

Barber was just 21 years old and many saw her as a future UFC champion. However, she ran into Roxanne Modafferi in January of 2020 and suffered her first loss. She also tore her ACL in that fight and had to miss over a year.

Barber returned at UFC 258 to take on Alexa Grasso. While Barber came on strong and had moments, she was ultimately outclassed on the feet and lost a decision. Barber was on a massive hype train and now she’s lost two fights in a row.

This flyweight matchup on July 24th is a massive fight for both of these ladies. For Maverick, she has the chance to get the biggest win of her young career against a big name. For Barber, she has the chance to end her losing streak and head back towards the UFC’s top ten.

After second straight loss at UFC 258, what’s next for Maycee Barber?

This past Saturday at UFC 258, Maycee Barber (8-2) made her return in the co-main event of the evening. Arguably the promotion’s top female prospect had a tough test in front of her in Alexa Grasso (13-3).

Barber was being built up as the future just like her nickname would suggest. Maycee Barber is ferocious when she’s on and she’s always looking for a finish. She drew some criticism when she made the bullish claim that she’d be the youngest champion in UFC history.

However, those plans were derailed in 2020 with a loss and a knee injury. There was a lot of hype behind this matchup which is why is was the co-main event of the evening. However, this fight didn’t go as Barber planned.

From the opening bell, Barber looked hesitant to get on the inside. She was throwing a lot of feints, but they were from very far away. It was all pretty much wasted movement and when she did come in to engage, Grasso was tagging her.

The first two rounds were very one-sided for Alexa Grasso at UFC 258. In the third round, we saw some glimpses of that promise from Barber. She was ferocious in trying to get a finish, but it was a little too late and she ultimately lost her second straight by decision.

What’s next after UFC 258?

It’s important to remember that Maycee Barber is just 22 years old. She has plenty of time to regroup despite back-to-back losses in the UFC. The promotion has a few options for her in her next fight.

If they want to give her a ranked opponent, the promotion could look at someone like Andrea Lee (11-5). It wasn’t long ago that Andrea Lee was looked at as a title contender. However, she’s now lost three in a row which finds her 12th in the UFC’s flyweight division.

If they want to give her someone outside the rankings, another option could be Ariane Lipski (13-6). Lipski is on the fringe of the top 15, but she just got finished by Antonina Shevchenko. Lipski would be a solid test for Barber in a fight she should be favored in.

The UFC should give her a decent opponent in her next fight. She has a ton of potential, but just because she’s lost two straight doesn’t mean she should get a layup. I think either of these matchups would be good for Maycee Barber.

After her big win at UFC 258, what’s next for Alexa Grasso?

This past Saturday at UFC 258, the women’s flyweight division was on display in the co-main event. One of the promotion’s top prospects, Maycee Barber (8-2), was making her return against Alexa Grasso (13-3).

Barber has claimed for the last couple of years that she was going to be the youngest champion in UFC history. Those plans were derailed by a knee injury and a loss last year, but she insisted that she was going to make a statement at UFC 258.

Alexa Grasso was making her second appearance in the flyweight division. After spending years depleting herself to make 115, Grasso moved up to 125. The decision to move up to the flyweight division was the best possible decision Grasso could have made.

When the fight started on Saturday, Barber seemed anxious while Grasso seemed calm and composed. Through the first two rounds, anytime Barber would come forward, Grasso would sting her with beautiful combinations.

What really impressed me was the fact that Barber couldn’t even get the advantage in the grappling. Grasso controlled most of the grappling exchanges at UFC 258 which I think nobody anticipated going into the fight.

In the third round, Barber went all out trying to get a finish. You have to give her credit for that, and Grasso withstood the storm from Barber. While Barber took the final round, Grasso walked away with her hand raised on Saturday night.

What’s next after UFC 258?

The UFC’s flyweight division has a very exciting new contender in Alexa Grasso. I’m very interested to see how the promotion moves her forward after her big win on Saturday night. With that, they have a couple of different paths.

The first path is giving her a slight step up in the rankings in terms of opponents. With that, you’d have someone like Viviane Araujo (10-2) who is currently ranked seventh. I think that would be a fantastic matchup and a lot of fun for the fans.

However, if they want to move her up quicker than that, perhaps a matchup against Lauren Murphy (14-4) or Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) could be next. If that’s what Grasso got next, she could just be one win away from a UFC title shot.

Again, it’ll be very interesting to see how the promotion goes with her. Either way, it’s exciting times in the flyweight division.

Maycee Barber drops her second straight to Alexa Grasso at UFC 258

The co-main event of UFC 258 featured a big time matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top prospect, Maycee Barber (8-1), was making her return against the tough, Alexa Grasso (12-3).

Maycee Barber was the talk of the UFC after her first few fights resulted in finishes. She was aiming to become the youngest champion in UFC history, however, those plans were derailed in her last fight.

Barber tore her ACL mid-fight and she was beaten decisively by Roxanne Modafferi. It was a humbling fight for the rising contender, but Barber insisted that she is back and better than ever. She had a tough test in front of her in Alexa Grasso.

Grasso spent the majority of her career at strawweight but she’s found comfort in the UFC‘s flyweight division. Grasso is coming off of a decision win over Ji Yeon Kim in August and she was ready to make a statement against Barber at UFC 258.

UFC 258 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 258 co-main event got underway with a lot of feints from Barber. A big inside leg kick lands for Barber, but Grasso looked very composed. The two come together and Barber presses Grasso against the fence.

However, Grasso was able to reverse the position and force a break. The two went back to striking with three minutes left in the round. Grasso landed a nasty combination from the outside as Barber attempted to come in.

Barber shot in with a sloppy takedown attempt that Grasso easily defended. However, Barber was able to press Grasso against the fence. Grasso defended well and pushed Barber against the fence. A couple of clean elbows land by Grasso, but Barber reverses.

These two flyweights kept exchanging controlling positions along the fence. A massive elbow lands for Barber on the break that backs Grasso up. Grasso lands some clean shots from the outside, but Barber landed some big shots too. Good opening round at UFC 258 for Alexa Grasso.

Round 2

The second round at UFC 258 with pressure from Barber. Barber was throwing a lot of feints, but they were so far away that they weren’t even coming close. Grasso comes in with a crisp combination that backs Barber up.

The striking of Alexa Grasso looks incredible. Grasso steps forward and she rocks Maycee Barber with a couple of big shots. However, Barber was able to force a clinch which allowed her to regain her composure.

Barber lands a nice elbow long the fence, but Grasso landed good shots of her own. A big knee to the body lands for Maycee Barber. However, Grasso used that to break the clinch. A big left and right hand lands for Barber, but Grasso just ate them.

A nice leg kick lands for Grasso. Barber caught the next kick and used it to take Grasso down. However, Grasso used an armbar to reverse the position. Grasso then got the top position and tried to lock in a choke. Beautiful ground work for Alexa Grasso. 2-0 Grasso at UFC 258.

Round 3

Going into the final round at UFC 258 and Maycee Barber needs a finish in this one. Barber pushed forward looking for a headkick early, but Grasso looked so composed as she blocked. A ton of confidence from Alexa Grasso.

One minute into the round and nothing has landed by Maycee Barber. Barber pushed forward but ate a couple of clean shots for her trouble. The two come together and Grasso pushed Barber up against the fence.

A couple of big knees to the body land for Alexa Grasso. However, Barber lands a takedown. Barber lands some big shots on the ground, but Grasso gets back up. Barber pushed forward with massive power shots.

Grasso looked a little overwhelmed during the storm from Maycee Barber. Another clinch and Grasso gets control. However, Barber reverses the position. A big elbow over the top lands from Maycee Barber.

One minute left and Barber is running out of time. Grasso reversed the position and was holding Barber along the fence. The two break and Barber was swinging with everything she had. A big final round for Barber, but Alexa Grasso should get the win at UFC 258.

Alexa Grasso def. Maycee Barber by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC 258 Preview: Maycee Barber – Alexa Grasso

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC 258, the women’s flyweight division will be on display. Top prospect, Maycee Barber (8-1), will be making her return against the tough, Alexa Grasso (12-3).

Maycee Barber’s nickname is exactly what the UFC thought of her. The promotion was building her up as the future of the division and perhaps a future challenger for the flyweight title. However, that was all derailed in her last fight.

Barber fought Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 246 which was headlined by Conor McGregor. When it’s a Conor McGregor card, all eyes are on you as a fighter. The promotion had to be hoping for a Barber breakout performance.

Instead, Barber was pretty much dominated by Modafferi for the entire fight. Granted, Barber did tear her ACL in the first round which hindered her performance. She’s had a year to recover and she suggests that she’s back better than ever. Prior to that loss she was 3-0 with three knockouts in the UFC.

Standing across from Barber is Alexa Grasso. Grasso came into the UFC as a strawweight but has transitioned to the flyweight division. She made her flyweight debut in her last fight back in August. Grasso looked good in picking up the decision victory against Ji Yeon Kim.

She will come into this fight against Maycee Barber ranked fifteenth in the division. Despite the loss in her last performance, Barber is still ranked tenth in the division. Grasso is actually the betting favorite as of now.

UFC 258 Prediction

The UFC 258 co-main event is going to be decided for me in the first couple of minutes. I think it’ll all come down to the way that Maycee Barber looks early on. If she’s tentative, I think she could be in trouble tomorrow night.

Alexa Grasso has very good boxing and she’s very good from striking on the outside. If Barber is too tentative, I could see her getting outpointed over the course of three rounds by the sharp Alexa Grasso.

For Barber to be successful in this fight, she needs to fight with pressure and urgency. She doesn’t need to be reckless, but she needs to use her strength and power advantages. Barber needs to get on the inside with power shots and perhaps mix in some takedown attempts.

If Barber fights to her ability, I believe she will win at UFC 258. However, if she’s too relaxed on the outside, I believe Grasso can get the win. Ultimately, I believe we are going to see a good performance from Maycee Barber tomorrow night. I believe she’ll get this to the ground and lock in a choke to get a statement finish.

Prediction: Maycee Barber by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 2