Maycee Barber wants to rematch Alexa Grasso in her next Octagon appearance.
On Saturday, June 24, Barber made a statement in the women’s flyweight division by securing a second-round TKO against Amanda Ribas. ‘The Future’ looked phenomenal throughout the fight, leading to her best performance since joining the UFC.
“I’ve been saying it time and time again, whether Alexa [Grasso] wins against Valentina [Shevchenko] or not, I do want that rematch. We’ll see. That would be ideal, but we’ll see. I’m gonna go back and talk to Hunter [Campbell], Mick [Maynard], and the team, and figure it out.”
Barber and Grasso fought at UFC 258 in February 2021. ‘The Future’ was coming off her first professional MMA loss, and things went from bad to worse. After three hard-fought rounds, the Mexican-born fighter, who is now the UFC women’s 125-pound champion, emerged victorious by unanimous decision.
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Barber’s only UFC losses are against Grasso and Roxanne Modafferi. Unfortunately for ‘The Future,’ she’s unable to avenge her loss against Modafferi because ‘The Happy Warrior’ retired from MMA. Therefore, the 25-year-old is focused on taking out the reigning women’s flyweight champion to secure revenge.
Maycee Barber believes ‘anything can happen’ in the rematch between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko
On September 16, Alexa Grasso looks to defend the UFC women’s flyweight title for the first time since her shocking win against Valentina Shevchenko. The Guadalajara native looks to prove her win was not a fluke by defeating Shevchenko again in an immediate rematch.
During the UFC Jacksonville post-fight press conference, Maycee Barber was asked about who would win between Grasso and Shevchenko. ‘The Future’ responded by saying:
“It’s a toss-up. Alexa is an incredible fighter. Valentina was a dominant champion for so long for a reason. So, honestly, it’s hard to give a prediction because anything can happen.”
Before losing against Grasso, Shevchenko held a 9-0 record in the women’s flyweight division. ‘Bullet’ seemed unbeatable at 125 pounds before the shocking upset loss. Only time will tell if the 35-year-old can avenge the loss and reclaim her throne.
Per sources, Alexa Grasso vs Valentina Shevchenko Bout Agreements in the works for September 16th as MAIN EVENT 🇲🇽 Independence Day. Likely location T Mobile Arena with NSAC approving location. Fight Night or PPV TBD.. #FightNews #UFC
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