Maycee Barber has released a lengthy statement following a controversial week after losing to Roxanne Modafferi at the UFC 246 event on January 18.
In the days following Barber’s loss to Modafferi, Maycee’s father and manager, Bucky Barber, issued a lengthy statement in which he appeared to completely discredit Roxanne Modafferi for her victory.
This statement was met with a huge amount of backlash from the MMA community, with several top stars, referees and personalities reaching out in support of Roxanne. The UFC flyweight champion herself, Valentina Shevchenko, also fired shots at Barber and was adamant Modafferi would have won the fight regardless of an injury.
Fans finally get to finally hear from Maycee Barber herself. This morning a lengthy statement was sent in to MMA Fighting on behalf of Maycee by her manager and father, Bucky Barber.
Take a look at highlights below:
On being the youngest champ in UFC history:
”The loss has not shifted my goals in the sport at all. It has added more goals to the pre-existing ones. I’m still gonna be the youngest champion in UFC history.”
On when she plans to return:
“I am hoping to make my return and fight again by the end of 2020.”
On Roxanne Modafferi and eventual rematch:
“Roxanne is a phenomenal competitor, so I don’t doubt she will still be taking care of her business. She and I will cross again, and I’ll have the opportunity to prove to everyone what my team and myself already know.”
On her ACL injury and how she believes the doctor handled it wrong:
“I realized that the muscles surrounding my knee were starting to want to protect it. Round two started, and I realized the pain had gotten worse (and the) instability had gotten greater. I don’t remember a lot, but I remember being slow and seeing her jab come and wanting to step back. With that half a second extra of thinking, she caught me with the jab. I still stepped back, but my leg wasn’t there. The stability had left me.I couldn’t connect to my brain to my leg.”
”I was doing everything I could to disguise the fact that I had been compromised. I feel like the fact that the doctor completely gave away that I was dealing with something. It also made the injury more prominent to me when I was trying to push it out of my head for the fight. Had it been me fighting, if I would have seen the doctor stepping in and checking someone’s knee, that would instantly be the thing that I target.”
”I feel as though the doctor should have come up to me and ask me if I was good, and then listened to my response. I personally have never seen anyone sat down in the middle of fight and had a doctor (check) their knee stability, and then proceed to get up and announce to the ref and everyone else there was a small ACL tear and that (the fighter) was ‘fine.’ I knew something in my knee was torn and I wasn’t fine, but I knew that I could be in the fight, and then after the fight was over, I could cry and deal with it.
”There is absolutely no benefit or reason for the doctor to check me if he was going to let me continue, and there most definitely wasn’t a reason to announce the injury and let me continue knowing full well that he had just ‘shown my hand.’”
Overall reflection on recent happenings:
“This sh*t sucks. What a life, and I wouldn’t go back and change a single thing. Losses happen, injuries are real, and champions overcome all. I’ll be back and better than before. This is the life I chose, and I want to live every part of it.”