One rising UFC star thinks that Paige VanZant won’t fight her inside of the Octagon.
That star is Maycee Barber, who has been calling out PVZ for quite some time now. Barber has been making a name for herself in the 115-pound division lately.
She holds a 6-0 pro-MMA record with her only fights in the UFC ending in violent fashion. She picked up TKO wins over Hannah Cifers in November 2018 and in her latest bout against J.J. Aldrich at the UFC on ESPN+6 show in March.
While doing a recent interview on The MMA Hour with Luke Thomas, Barber made it known that VanZant won’t fight her because she doesn’t want to get her face damaged.
“She doesn’t want to fight me, she doesn’t want to lose,” Baber stated (transcribed by BJPenn.com). She wants to keep building her name and getting wins under her. And this is a fight she could possibly lose, and she knows that. I think that’s why. Also, given my history in fights, I go to finish and I usually cut people up. She also doesn’t want to have her face damaged.”
“She’s a high-paced fighter, got skills and she’s very athletic. But I’m me and I go to finish. She hasn’t fought a ton of girls that go out to just finish. There’s one thing about being a fighter who is technically good and then there’s someone who has like a malicious intent to finish a fight and I possess that. And there’s only a few girls who possess that. I know that I’m one of them and I feel like Tatiana Suarez is another girl who’s a finisher. She goes out to hurt you. We’re few and far between as fighters who fight like that.”
VanZant was slated to have a fight with Poliana Botelho at the UFC 236 pay-per-view event in April. However, that fight got pulled once PVZ suffered another fracture in her arm. This wasn’t her first battle with a serious arm injury.
She had surgery shortly after a flyweight contest at UFC St. Louis (Fight Night 124) event for a broken arm. VanZant was last seen defeating Rachael Ostovich in a thrilling come-from-behind submission at January’s UFC on ESPN+ 1.