- Maycee Barber explained why she is confident she outpointed Andrea Lee at UFC San Antonio
- “The Future” made her case to become Alexa Grasso’s next title challenger
Despite the controversy in the judges’ scorecards, Maycee Barber is confident she beat Andrea Lee at UFC San Antonio. She doesn’t wanna dwell on it and now got her eyes locked on a rematch with reigning UFC flyweight champion Alexa Grasso.
Maycee worked her way to victory
During her post-fight press conference, Barber spoke to reporters and clarified that even though Lee appeared to be the stronger fighter while on top, it was actually her who was inflicting the majority of the damage.
“I was a little bit frustrated, obviously, she’s strong and she’s been working her wrestling, but the thing is, she took me down and she was able to like hold, but wasn’t doing any damage. So, that was a little bit frustrating because it just felt like we’re just sitting here just to sit here,” Barber began.
“So, I was trying to figure out a way to cause damage and do some damage, but at the same time, I think if she was trying to do some damage herself, it would have created a little bit more opening for us to have some scrambles. I think it would have been a little bit more exciting of a fight, but I’m happy with the performance for sure… She was on top and I had to create damage and I have to find a way to win even when I’m on the bottom so that’s what I tried to do you know I had to be the one winning in that position even though she was the one on top,” she added.
It will be Alexa one way or another
It can be recalled that Barber suffered a unanimous decision loss to Grasso at UFC 258. She considers it as the “only true loss” of her career and would fancy getting a chance to avenge it sooner rather than later.
“I would love to be in the top 10 but you know if I’m not, then [I’ll] keep working my way up… I’ve been saying the same thing over and over and over, my only true, true loss was to Alexa Grosso and I won that third round and obviously, that’s the fight that I want to work my way back up to. Obviously, with respect to her and Valentina needing their rematch potentially, but at the same time I want that fight back whether it’s the next fight or the fight after, I’m gonna work my way up to there,” Barber pointed out.
The rematch will be different
To this day, “The Future” thinks she could beat Grasso had she had a better training camp.
“Obviously, I lost to her… but at the same time, I’m never going to create excuses because Alexa Grasso is an amazing athlete and fighter, but that was a camp I’m not proud of. I’m not proud of that at all. I had a lot of outside factors, but I was training, and I was working hard, and I was going as though I was going to win that fight. She was the better fighter that night, so obviously, there’s a little bit of bitterness in my mouth. I want that fight back,” she concluded.
Barber is now enjoying a four-fight winning streak. She might break into the top 10 of the flyweight division but a title fight with Grasso seems farfetched at the moment as a rematch with Valentina Shevchenko appears to be making sense.