In the Women’s Flyweight division fight that went the distance, Maycee Barber earned a unanimous decision victory after three rounds.
Monster Energy’s Barber (11-2) came to Las Vegas on Saturday night looking to extend her two-fight win streak. Previously, the popular MMA fighter had earned wins over Montana De La Rosa in April 2022 and Miranda Maverick in July 2021. Barber faced a tough adversary in 35-year-old Jessica “Evil” Eye from Ohio, who came to Vegas looking to recover from a series of three losses.
Right from the beginning, both fighters lost no time engaging upright with Barber firing precise shots from the distance. When Eye started a clinch against the fence early in the first round, Barber used the opportunity to deal massive damage with heavy elbows to the head that visibly bruised her opponent.
In the second round, Eye absorbed more elbows and punches, then rallied and put Barber under pressure with a takedown but failed to secure a submission. But Round 3 was all Barber, all day: When it counted, Barber landed head kicks from range and connected more significant strikes to gain the upper hand in the fight. When all was said and done, the judges pronounced Barber the winner by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Saturday night’s triumph over Eye extends Barber’s victory streak to three consecutive wins. Following the unanimous decision loss against Barber, Eye announced her retirement from professional MMA in her post-fight interview.
UFC 276 marked the final fight on Barber's current UFC contract. “That was the last fight on my deal, and right now, I was ranked number 13 going into this. So, I want to sit down, I want to talk to them, and I want to really game plan out where my contract is at and how we’re going to chase the title,” said Barber.