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Maycee Barber punches Andrea Lee in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on March 25, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
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Maycee Barber: ‘I’m Going To Break Her’

Flyweight Maycee Barber Looks For Her Fourth Consecutive Victory At UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs Topuria Against Amanda RIbas

UFC flyweight Maycee Barber is currently riding her most impressive win streak since her arrival from Dana White’s Contender Series, earning four straight victories in under two years.

Barber’s recent run of success comes after two back-to-back losses to Roxanne Modafferi, where Barber sustained a knee injury early in the fight, and current flyweight champion Alexa Grasso. After her loss to the champion, Barber decided that something needed to change.

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While using Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California, to cross-train with different athletes for only a couple weeks at a time, Barber realized that a full-time switch might be exactly what she needed to get back to her winning ways.

Maycee Barber punches Gillian Robertson in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at TD Garden on October 18, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Maycee Barber punches Gillian Robertson in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at TD Garden on October 18, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Now on her four-fight win streak, Barber believes that her move to Sacramento was the best decision she’s ever made in her life and feels like she’s in an environment where she can reach her full potential.

“The energy there, the technique there, the coaches there, the teammates there, it truly feels like a family,” Barber said of Team Alpha Male. “Every time you walk into the gym, you see fighters pushing each other and pushing themselves. It’s an environment that I genuinely look forward walking into every single day. There’s never been a moment that I’ve walked into the gym and been like, ‘I don’t really want to be here.’ I genuinely enjoy walking in even though I’m tired, even though I’m hurting. Good days, bad days, it doesn’t matter because everything goes away when you walk in the gym. It’s something that I love because this is my job, this is my career, this is my life. To have an environment that you walk into and people you get excited to see every single day, it’s truly special.”

While getting your hand raised is vital in the sport of mixed martial arts, Barber hasn’t been too pleased with her method of victory. Vowing to earn finishes inside the Octagon, Barber’s four-fight stretch has seen four decision wins.

With every win comes a more difficult challenge, however, which makes it all the more difficult to finish an opponent inside the distance.

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“It’s obviously not what I want but, at the same time, I’m always going out to finish,” Barber said. “It’s all about performing, too. I prepare for three rounds, but I can try and get it done in one. The girls are getting tougher, though. The competition is getting better and better every single day and we’re just putting on performances and shows. At the end of the day, it’s not just for us, it’s for the fans. To be a fighter that people want to continue to watch, even through decisions, it’s an honor, but I’m still coming for the finish.”

Barber’s latest win came only three months ago, when she defeated Andrea Lee via split decision at UFC Fight Night: Vera vs Sandhagen. Leaving that fight healthy and hungry to get back into competition, Barber essentially started another training camp in hopes of competing in April.

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“I was trying to fight in April,” Barber said. “It was a little too soon because my coaches couldn’t make it and we couldn’t make it work with the dates, but I came out [of that fight] healthy and I just wanted a quick turnaround. I’ve been on that win streak, and I want to keep it going and I want to be that fighter that stays consistent. Unfortunately, when I’ve had injuries in the past, they’ve held me back. If I’m healthy, I want to fight. For me, there’s nothing better than going out and doing what I love and getting paid for it and getting to show off [my] talent and skill set.”

Since April wasn’t going to work, the next best option would do. The chips fell on a co-main event clash with Amanda Ribas at UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs Topuria. Ribas sits at No. 9 in the flyweight rankings, two spots higher than Barber, making this a pivotal matchup at 125 pounds.

Maycee Barber celebrates her victory over Andrea Lee in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on March 25, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Maycee Barber celebrates her victory over Andrea Lee in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on March 25, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

“I think she’s a tough opponent,” Barber said of Ribas. “I think she’s someone who likes to go out there and scrap. I know that the things I possess, and from a technique standpoint, I’m gonna win that fight. From a mental standpoint, I’m going to break her. I’m going to wear her down.”

“If you’ve watched her fights, you would know that she likes to go [forward] and, at the same time, if you watch my fights, I love to go out and just swing and throw and give it everything I have. When you put two fighters that are willing to put everything into a fight, I think that’s where you have a fight that fans want to watch. It’s why we’re in the co-main event spot; It’s a fight that’s exciting. And for females, it’s really cool to have other females that want to go fight and fight to win. I’m excited and I’m ready.”

Without looking past her opponent this Saturday, Barber feels that Ribas is just an obstacle in her way on her ultimate path to the flyweight title and a rematch with 125-pound champion Alexa Grasso. It’s been over two years and four wins since their first fight, and Barber sees a night and day difference between the current and past versions of herself, and believes a rematch would look entirely different.

“I’ve grown so much,” Barber said since her loss to Grasso. “I’ve completely switched up camps, I’ve completely switched up places I’ve lived. I’m a whole different person. I keep saying I want that fight back and it’s so important for me to get it back because I know the person that I was and I know the person that I am, and all the traits that I have deep in my heart that I know I possessed back then, I have it still in me now and so much more.”

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UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs Topuria took place live from the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on June 24, 2023. See the Final Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass