Maycee Barber Wants Joanne Calderwood After ‘Finishing’ Alexa Grasso

Published 02/10/2021, 1:10 PM EST


‘The Future’ Maycee Barber returns this weekend at UFC 258 as she takes on fellow flyweight contender Alexa Grasso. Barber will compete for the first time since UFC 246 in 2020, where she suffered her first career loss against Roxanne Modafferi. Grasso, on the other hand, will look to build on her August 2020 win over Ji Yeon Kim.

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Barber suffered a torn ACL too, along with her first career defeat. She is looking to bounce back from those upsets and re-establish herself as the brightest prospect in the flyweight division. Though Grasso is no pushover, Barber is confident of dominating and finishing her and she already has an opponent in mind after Grasso.

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Speaking to Just Scrap Radio, Barber said, “I’m excited, it has been a long journey back. There has been a lot of ups and downs with the recovery. I switched camps. It has been a lot of back and forth but I’m ready and never have felt better so I’m excited.

She’s a striker, and she doesn’t have that wrestling background. At 115, if she was cutting that hard, she would struggle. Tatiana Suarez dominated her on the ground and that is what I plan to do as well,” she added.

I don’t expect to be the underdog, but in my last fight, it didn’t look good. But, underdog or not, I’m still going out and getting the finish.

“The plan is to fight Grasso, get the win, and we just watched Joanne Calderwood vs Jessica Eye. That fight, I want Calderwood because they are two girls I can beat and they are ranked. Fight Alexa, fight Joanne, get the win, and go for a title shot,” said Barber.

Maycee Barber will look to make a case at UFC 258

‘The Future’ will look to prove yet again that she is indeed the real deal in the flyweight division. A defeat against Modafferi and a torn ACL hampered her progress and rise to the top of the division. But it seems that she is back with a vengeance.

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However, Grasso is as talented as they come. The Mexican is also one of the finest prospects on the UFC roster. So we have an intriguing battle on our hands.

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Who will get her hand raised when the two promising ladies clash at UFC 258? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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