Maycee Barber open to Bantamweight title fight against Julianna Peña

Maycee Barber is a rising star in the UFC's flyweight division. She has been making waves with her impressive performances and recent winning streak.

Maycee Barber after her fight [Image Credit Instagram@mayceebarber]
By Mohit | Jul 30, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Maycee Barber is a rising star in the UFC’s flyweight division. She has been making waves with her impressive performances and recent winning streak. With five consecutive victories under her belt including a spectacular TKO win over Amanda Ribas. Barber has quickly climbed the flyweight rankings and is now eyeing a potential title fight at bantamweight against former champion Julianna Peña.

The 25-year-old Colorado native has shown tremendous growth and resilience throughout her MMA career. However, her path to success hasn’t been without its share of challenges. In 2020, Barber suffered her first professional loss against Roxanne Modafferi enduring a brutal knee injury in the process. Despite the setback, she bounced back with determination and made her return to the Octagon in February of the following year.

In that fight, Barber faced another tough opponent eventual division champion Alexa Grasso. Although she fell short in a unanimous decision loss her competitive spirit and relentless drive were evident throughout the bout. These experiences have only fueled her hunger for success and have now led her to set her sights on the bantamweight title.

The rivalry between Maycee Barber and Julianna Peña has been gaining momentum with the former champion openly calling out Barber to move up to the bantamweight division and face her. The challenge was well-received by Barber, who expressed her enthusiasm for the potential title fight during media interactions ahead of UFC 291.

Maycee Barber open to Bantamweight title fight against Julianna Peña

In her recent victory over Amanda Ribas, Barber showcased her striking prowess and ground game securing a second-round TKO victory. This win not only solidified her position in the flyweight rankings. But also demonstrated her potential as a future title contender. However, the opportunity to compete for a belt in a different weight class presents an intriguing challenge for the young fighter.

Barber’s willingness to step up and challenge for the bantamweight title reflects her warrior mentality and desire to test herself against the best in the sport. With the current absence of a champion in the bantamweight division. A matchup against Julianna Peña could provide Barber with a chance to make history and become the youngest two-division champion in UFC history.

Maycee Barber has shown tremendous growth and evolution in her fighting style. Her victories over tough opponents like Amanda Ribas, Andrea Lee, Jessica Eye, Montana De La Rosa, and Miranda Maverick have proven her ability to adapt and overcome different challenges inside the Octagon.

As Barber awaits further discussions with UFC officials Hunter Campbell and Mick Maynard. Her future path in the promotion remains uncertain. However, her ambition to become a two-division champion is evident and fans can expect exciting matchups for the young and talented fighter in the coming months.

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