Maycee Barber is heavily favored against Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 246 on Saturday, January 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is one of four fights on the ESPN portion of the preliminary card. Modafferi is 23-16 in her career, while Barber is 8-0 in her career. There are a total of five fights on the main pay-per-view card at UFC 246, with the headliner a bout between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card, with four on ESPN and three on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Modafferi and Barber and UFC picks.
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Roxanne Modafferi (23-16, 2-3 UFC)
Modafferi came into the UFC with a record of 21-13 and she has two wins and three losses in the UFC. She defeated Barb Honchak by TKO and Antonina Shevchenko by split decision; while losing to Nicco Montaño by unanimous decision, Sijara Eubanks by unanimous decision, and Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision. Modafferi has been a pro since 2003 and she has four wins by TKO/KO and five by submission. She has two first round finishes.
Modafferi said this to mmanews.com about her upcoming fight against Barber, “I don’t have a desire to fight anybody in particular. I’m more than willing to derail that hype train as I have done in the past with Antonina Shevchenko and a few other fighters. I think it is going to be exciting, both pressure fighters, I think it is going to be a great entertaining fight. I don’t underestimate her either, she is young, seems very well-rounded and strong. I’m stoked for this fight. I feel like it is going to be a slugfest until somebody gets a takedown.”
Maycee Barber (8-0, 3-0 UFC)
Barber came into the UFC with a record of 5-0 and she has three wins and no losses in the UFC. She defeated Hannah Cifers by TKO, JJ Aldrich by TKO, and Gillian Robertson by TKO. Barber has been a pro since 2017 and she has five wins by TKO/KO and two by submission. She has three first round finishes.
Barber said this to ufc.com about her upcoming fight against Modafferi, “She’s someone to be respected. She’s 37 years old and has 40 fights; that’s a long time in the game and in the sport. You know, I heard the other day that I was five [years old] when she started fighting, so to be the newest person in the women’s division and have one of the veterans of the women’s division, I think it’s a fight that’s super exciting.”
Strikes landed per minute: Modafferi 3.30 / Barber 8.32
Striking Accuracy: Modafferi 31% / Barber 61%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Modafferi 5.31/ Barber 4.02
Defense: Modafferi 54% / Barber 48%
Takedown average: Modafferi 1.51/ Barber 1.39
Takedown Accuracy: Modafferi 20% / Barber 30%
Takedowns defended: Modafferi 41% / Barber 100%
Submission average: Modafferi 0.1 / Barber 0.0
Barber is heavily favored at -900, so the oddsmakers are not giving Modafferi much of a chance. I am sure not laying 9-1, but I also can’t take Modafferi in this fight. I will avoid a side and just take the rounds to go over the total.
UFC 246 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, January 18, with five fights on the main pay-per-view card, headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone and seven preliminary bouts, with four on ESPN and three on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (Pay-Per-View)
Welterweight - Conor McGregor -350 vs. Donald Cerrone
Women's Bantamweight - Holly Holm -133 vs. Raquel Pennington
Heavyweight - Maurice Greene -133 vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Women's Strawweight - Cláudia Gadelha -115 vs. Alexa Grasso
Lightweight - Carlos Diego Ferreira -265 vs. Anthony Pettis
Preliminary card (ESPN)
Women's Flyweight - Maycee Barber -900 vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Featherweight - Sodiq Yusuff -134 vs. Andre Fili
Lightweight - Nasrat Haqparast -330 vs. Drew Dober
Flyweight - Askar Askarov -140 vs. Tim Elliott
Early Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Light Heavyweight - Aleksa Camur -125 vs. Justin Ledet
Bantamweight - Ode Osbourne -145 vs. Brian Kelleher
Women's Flyweight - Sabina Mazo -115 vs. JJ Aldrich
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