A 21-year-old American's dreams of becoming the UFC's youngest-ever champion were crushed by a classy flyweight veteran in a brutal and bloody win
- Maycee Barber, a 21-year-old touted as an athlete who could potentially become the youngest-ever UFC champion, had her dreams crushed by a classy veteran fighter on Saturday.
- Roxanne Modafferi overcame an underdog status to out-work and out-experience her younger opponent, besting her with extraordinarily high-level jiu jitsu.
- Modafferi dropped Barber in the second round and made her bleed all over the canvas. Barber suffered a knee injury so bad she hobbled out of the arena with the assistance of her team.
- Modafferi said she hoped her family and friends made big money from her upset victory.
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LAS VEGAS - A 21-year-old American's dreams of becoming the UFC's youngest-ever champion were crushed on Saturday by a classy flyweight veteran in one brutal and bloody win.Before the bout, Maycee Barber was being touted as an athlete who could potentially become the youngest-ever UFC champion. Business Insider spoke to her on Thursday in Las Vegas, and she confirmed her ambition of being a "record-breaker" to us.
Modafferi told us she'll hand her her first loss and show everyone new moves on fight night Saturday.On January 18 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, on the last bout of the preliminary UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy card, the magnificent Modafferi did just that.
Barber was a -1000 favorite before the night, but shortly into the fight it was clear Modafferi was not only on top, but dominant, showing a vast difference in Octagon intelligence by out-working and out-experiencing the younger fighter with extraordinarily high-level jiu jitsu.Modafferi knocked Barber down in round two, made her bleed all over the canvas, and before the third round began, there was a question mark over whether Barber could even continue, with the doctor saying she had suffered a small ACL tear.Watch the knockdown here:
The judges scored the fight as a dominant victory for Modafferi with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26.
Barber, meanwhile, had to be helped out of the arena because her injury was so bad.After her win was announced, Modafferi said she was relived and satisfied to have bounced back from a loss, to score her win on Saturday. "I hope my friends and family made some big money from this fight!" she added, in a reference to her underdog status.
"I have many plans now, not sure which one will come first, but I'll fight anyone. I'm not afraid of anyone in the flyweight division … I want to keep winning and keep improving."
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