Dana White discussed the future of women’s flyweight Maycee Barber following her second consecutive loss at last night’s UFC 258 event.
Barber (8-2 MMA) had entered last night’s co-headliner in hopes of rebounding from her first career loss as a professional. ‘The Future’ was coming off a unanimous decision setback to veteran Roxanne Modafferi in her most previous effort at UFC 246.
Prior to that loss, Maycee had gone a perfect 8-0 in her young career, spawning Dana White and many others to peg her as a future champion.
As for Alexa Grasso (13-3 MMA), the Mexican standout had entered yesterday’s UFC 258 co-main event with Maycee Barber looking to build off the momentum from her most recent win over Ji Yeon Kim.
Last night’s Grasso vs. Barber bout proved to be a thrilling contest. Alexa seemingly got the better of Maycee in the standup over the opening two rounds before the young prospect made a surging comeback in round three. Unfortunately for Maycee Barber, her late success did not prove to be enough as the judges in attendance awarded Alexa Grasso with a unanimous decision victory.
Dana White reacted to Barber’s second consecutive loss during last night’s UFC 258 post-fight press conference.
“She’s a savage,” White told reporters (via MMAJunkie). “She’s a savage. She’s one of the most ambitious and toughest young women that I’ve ever met. So I expect nothing but big things from her. She’s a baby still. She’s young. She’s got nothing but time.
“I know she put this unbelievable pressure on herself to be a champion before Jon Jones, and it’s good to set goals for yourself,” Dana White said. “But she’s a baby, she’s got nothing but time, and she’s only going to get better.”
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