NASHVILLE – Not that Maycee Barber needs extra motivation, but UFC president Dana White definitely gave her a bit to kick off UFC in the ESPN + 6 fight week.
Speaking of the best emerging sports stars in a recent sit-down interview with UFC journalist Megan Olivi, White specifically mentioned the undefeated 20-year-old Barber (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) as someone in the short list of distinguished names.
Nicknamed "The Future", Barber has already presented his game plan to be the youngest champion in UFC history. The comments of the UFC public leader provided further encouragement that is well on its way before Saturday's showdown with J.J. Aldrich (7-2 MMA, 3-1 CFU).
"It's an honor," Barber told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the UCFC on ESPN media day 6. "Although I am confident as if I deserve to be and that is where I must be, it is a great honor to have the best person that the UFC mentions your name in a sit-down with Megan Olivi and give you credit and notoriety – I could not have asked for a better start to my week. I also told them that, like, "That was the best start to my week. I have to send it to all the members of my family like," Have a look at it. "
"It made me happy and it's a great boost of confidence. People ask about pressure, like," Does this add a lot of pressure? "No. Not so. If anything, bring more eyes and it's just part of it. It's exciting. "
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Although she is just a fight in her UFC career, Barber already has the aspirations of the championship. He made his promotional debut at light weight, but is approaching the women's flyweight for the matchup against Aldrich.
Barber said he could see herself eventually returning to 115 pounds, and is currently leaving the door open to claim the belt in both weight classes.
More than two years left for Barber to break Jon Jones's record for the youngest UFC holder of all time, and he has all the confidence that he will get there. It's an ambitious goal to set, but Barber really believes he can do it.
"Pressure builds diamonds and I'm a diamond," said Barber. "I'm not in a hurry. It's like a TV series: you can't jump to the end and figure out who dies and who lives. You have to look at the whole thing, you have to see the whole story being worked on. If you don't look at it, don't you get the drag and, if you skip the episodes, you lose pieces and fragments.
"I could have one, two, three (more fights before the title) – who knows. I have two years and two months to beat this record and I guarantee that I will fight for a very first title."
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