Finishing the Fight: UFC 258

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Maycee Barber, UFC 258 weigh-in
Maycee Barber, UFC 258 weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Every fighter has their go-to moves, especially specialists within certain martial arts disciplines. Their own signature styles can lead to spectacular finishes. Whether it’s a scary-good rear-naked choke that fighters just can’t seem to avoid once going to the ground or crazy power in a straight left hand that has dropped even granite-chinned fighters with ease, each fighter has a particular finishing move or sequence. Moves that have stuck in fan’s minds and come to define and describe their careers within the cage.

For UFC Vegas 18 we will take a look at some fighters with only a few (5 or less) fights in the UFC, rather than those fighters that are long-time UFC veterans with a bunch of finishes with the promotion.

 

Maycee “The Future” Barber (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 7

Via KO/TKO:  5

Via Submission: 2

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 3

Via KO/TKO: 3

(Hannah Cifers, JJ Aldrich, Gillian Robertson)

Via Submission: 0

Maycee Barber is a bit of an anamoly for Finishing the Fight, as usually we try to focus on specialists, whether they be strikers or grapplers. But Maycee has good power all her punches, very diverse striking, great takedowns and primarily gets her opponents out of there with her vicious ground n’ pound. Barber is mean, and you can see it in her striking.

Though Barber lost her last time out to Roxanne Modafferi and suffered a catastrophic knee injury in the process, she is still just 22 years old, and still has a bit to learn. Barber has fought some very solid and experienced opponents and she is especially strong in the clinch, often using an outside trip to get her opponents to the cage. Maycee has very good control while in the clinch and has violent intentions with every strike thrown as can be seen in her second round finish of JJ Aldrich in her second UFC fight. Barber’s jiu-jitsu once she gets her opponents to the ground is great as she is able to maintain top control as well as rain down strikes on her opponents.

Barber’s finish of Jamie Collen back on the 2018 series of the Contender Series in the finial round was more than enough to grant her a contract into the UFC.  And her debut with the UFC, an absolute destruction of Hannah Cifers in the second round again showed off her excellent clinch game and positioning while on the ground. Barber’s last win was against Gillian Robertson in October of 2019 with a first round finish again utilizing her precise elbows. Barber is truly ‘The Future’ as she mixes together all parts of MMA very well and fans should be excited to see how much she has progressed after being away for a year and being so young in the sport.

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