Alongside the fantastic UFC Vegas 32 headliner, the two biggest prospects in the women’s flyweight division, Miranda Maverick, and Maycee Barber will fight to retain their place in the top-15. Join us as we break down this fight and the important implications and action that’s sure to follow.
Miranda Maverick vs. Maycee Barber: Meet the Fighters
Miranda “Fear The” Maverick
“Fear” Maverick enters UFC Vegas 32 with her chance to secure the biggest win of her young career. A hungry, motivated Maverick is eager to prove she belongs with the prominent names of the women’s flyweight division, and securing a victory over Maycee Barber would do just that. Maverick will come into this fight holding a record of 9-2 (2-0 in UFC) and riding a five-fight win streak. Could Barber become number six on this list?
Maverick is amongst the newest wave of talent entering into the world of MMA, at just 24 years old. While she is well-rounded in all facets, her high-level grappling is what sets her apart. She showed why in her most recent victory over submission ace, Gillian Robertson. Maverick was able to not only stay safe from any potential threats while on the ground with Robertson but utterly dominate, constantly threatening to finish the fight with her own arsenal of weapons. It would eventually end via decision in Maverick’s favor, with her getting the upper hand in the grappling exchanges, as well as showing her ever-improving skills on the feet as well.
The former Invicta FC standout turned UFC prospect will look to carry her momentum into her ESPN main card slot this Saturday. Many can see the talent this young woman possesses and should she come out and make another statement, against a fellow rising star, her stock will continue to rise. However, as Maycee Barber is looking to end her two-fight skid convincingly, it will not come easy.
Maycee “The Future” Barber
Dana White’s Contender Series alum, Barber comes into UFC Vegas 32 with one priority in mind. Getting back in the win column. The 23-year-old entered the UFC with a perfect professional record but now finds herself on the losing side of two straight fights. Sitting at 8-2 (3-2 in UFC, 1-0 on DWCS), “The Future” knows how important this fight with Maverick is to keep her in talks as a future title contender.
Much like her UFC Vegas 32 counterpart, Barber is very well-rounded and loves to bring the pressure. She has shown this numerous times in the octagon, as she rallied off three straight TKO victories to begin her UFC career against tough opponents such as Hannah Cifers, JJ Aldrich, and Gillian Robertson. However, the bigger storyline is the aforementioned two-fight losing streak that Barber finds herself on. The first coming to the veteran, Roxanne Modafferi, in a fight that Barber tore her ACL early in the fight, but still ended up going the distance. The ladder of the two-fight skid came against Alexa Grasso in a back and forth battle, where Grasso got the better of the exchanges en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Now the once undefeated Barber is looking to right the wrongs and prove all of the hype she entered the UFC with is still very much deserved. While this is a small step back for Barber, this is far from an easy fight in terms of the ranking of her opponent. Should she come out with a victory, Barber may get herself right back on for her UFC title aspirations.
This fight, on paper, should be non-stop from start to finish. In terms of aggression, pacing and a “grind it out” style, both Maverick and Barber share many similarities. From bell to bell we have seen both of these fighters push their opponents to the brink to secure victories. So to see them match up with one another, which will break first?
Maverick enters this fight with the definitive edge in the grappling department. Whilst Barber is no slouch in this area, Maverick is still a step above. She always looks to press her opponents up against the fence, thus allowing her to grab a leg and drag her opponents to the canvas. Once there, Maverick never stops looking to advance positions and search for opportunities to finish her opponents.
Barber can compete with the grappling, but she looks more to clinch and control her opponents from there with nasty elbows and dirty boxing. If Barber can sprawl and stop Maverick from getting the top position, it will open up more paths to victory for “The Future”.
There has simply been a bigger serving size in the standup if you will of Barber’s strengths. She loves to press forward, not allowing her opponents any space and essentially forcing them to fight her style of fight. Barber throws shots with intent to finish people, plain and simple. If she lands a big shot, she sees it as a “blood in the water” situation and will immediately rain down combinations until her opponents wilt under the pressure.
Maverick, as previously mentioned, showed in her last fight how she is beginning to tighten up the striking and feel more comfortable. With that said, Barber will still have the advantage here. It is possible that if the striking stays more at distance, it may be better for Maverick, but it is hard to imagine the standup will take place there very often during this fight, given the aggression of both fighters.
This fight feels like it is flying under the radar, even though it is two of the biggest prospects in this division, and truthfully in all four women’s divisions. Both fighters have fan-friendly styles, love getting into wars to test their toughness, and ultimately will look to finish until the final horn sounds. A fight of the night contender is what this shall be dubbed and once these two are locked in the cage, they will showcase why. For one, a shot to launch into the top-ten, and for the other, a hindrance in their prospect status is on the line at UFC Vegas 32.
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