Maycee Barber’s father has released a lengthy second statement about his daughter’s loss to Roxanne Modafferi at the UFC 246 event this past Saturday.
This past Saturday at the UFC 246 event, Maycee Barber suffered the first loss of her MMA career, a unanimous decision to veteran contender and pioneer of the sport, Roxanne Modafferi.
During the fight, there was a notable moment in the second round when Modafferi landed a shot on Barber who fell to the ground holding her knee. This injury seemed to bother Barber for the remainder of the fight, with a ringside doctor later coming in to reveal it was a ‘partial ACL tear’.
Following the fight, Barber’s father, Bucky, said the injury was in fact a fully torn ACL, as well as claiming the injury occurred during the first ten seconds of the very first-round. Modafferi refuted these claims during an appearance on The Ariel Helwani Show, saying she believes the injury took place during the second.
On Tuesday night, Bucky Barber decided to release a second lengthy statement on his daughter’s loss. He says Maycee ‘was not beaten by the better skill-set’ and questions whether his daughter really lost at all. He believes Maycee lost due to ‘bad luck’ and was once again adamant his daughter suffered a complete ACL tear in the first ten-seconds of the fight.
Take a look Barber’s full statement below:
“The work was in, the skill level at its peak her only way of defeat is if bad luck kissed her on the cheek. Ten seconds in a complete ACL tear turned the probable into the unlikely. Though she had her moments and showed more heart than most have ever witnessed the night ended with an Loss. However was it a loss? She was not beaten by a better skill set. She was beaten by one unfortunate step and turn of events. That is out of her control. The victory we take from this is we now know we have the highest level of heart to match the highest level of skill in the game. I have seen how athletes react when this injury occurs. Very very few stay standing let alone fight an MMA fight for 15 minutes and still survive. That is insane.” Barber wrote on his Instagram page.
“She will be back stronger and more dominant than ever and we as a team could not be more proud. The Future is real do not get confused with one step. The worst of luck smiles at us all! All we can do is smile back. She will see you all very soon. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. The Future, Version 2.0 to be feared.” he continued.
Meanwhile, Modafferi has been receiving praise from fans on social media for her performance this past Saturday and moves up to number-five in the UFC’s official flyweight rankings.
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