DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 10: (R-L) Maycee Barber land an elbow to the head of Hannah Cifers in their … [+]
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Maycee Barber was 20 years old when she made her UFC debut. Barber’s first fight with the promotion took place in her home state of Colorado in November 2018. The young fighter was a few months removed from securing a UFC contract with a third-round TKO win on a July 2018 Dana White Contender Series card. That win moved her record to 5-0 with four stoppage victories.
Barber faced Hannah Cifers on the UFC Fight Night card in November 2018. Like Barber, Cifers made her UFC debut at that event. Cifers was 8-2 at the time and riding a five-fight winning streak. Cifers had four knockout wins during that five-fight stretch. Barber was a -400 favorite over Cifers, who entered the octagon as a +300 underdog.
The two women were both aggressive in the early going of the contest, but it was Barber who did the most damage with her striking. The fight went to the mat early in the second round. Barber brutalized Cifers on the ground, landing elbows and punches that left Cifers a bloody mess before the referee stepped in to wave off the contest at the 2:01 mark of the second stanza.
The fight was a good showing for a debuting fighter. During Barber’s post-fight interview, Barber exclaimed, “If you want to see a champion, just follow my career.”
Barber moved up to flyweight after her win over Cifers. She scored TKO wins over J.J. Aldrich and Gillian Robertson since that move. Barber is currently the No. 9 ranked fighter in the official UFC women’s flyweight rankings. She faces the No. 7 ranked Roxanne Modafferi on the prelim card of UFC 246. Modafferi has fought in 39 professional MMA bouts. She made her debut in the sport in 2003.
UFC 246 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18. The pay-per-view card streams on ESPN+, following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+.