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Yesterday — less than a week after Maycee Barber was upset by Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 246 — Barber’s father, Bucky Barber, took to Instagram to explain away the defeat and belittle Modafferi’s efforts in actually beating up his daughter.
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The work was in, the skill level at its peak her only way of defeat is if bad luck kissed her on the cheek. Ten seconds in a complete ACL tear turned the probable into the unlikely. Though she had her moments and showed more heart than most have ever witnessed the night night ended with an Loss. However was it a loss? She was not beaten by a better skill set. She was beaten by one unfortunate step and turn of events. That is out of her control. The victory we take from this is we now know we have the highest level of heart to match the highest level of skill in the game. I have seen how athletes react when this injury occurs. Very very few stay standing let alone fight an mma fight for 15 minutes and still survive. That is insane. She will be back stronger and more dominant than ever and we as a team could not be more proud. The Future is real do not get confused with one step. The worst of luck smiles at us all! All we can do is smile back. She will see you all very soon. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. The Future, Version 2.0 to be feared.
Now, it is true that Maycee Barber destroyed her ACL in the fight, but Mr. Barber is conveniently ignoring the fact that Barber was pretty thoroughly out-struck and out-wrestled in the first round prior to the injury. That’s not to say Barber could not have potentially rallied with a healthy knee, but Modafferi was doing damn well on her own.
In perhaps the sassiest comment I’ve seen from Modafferi — which is to say, a very mild amount of sass still surrounded with kindness — “The Happy Warrior” responded on Twitter.
Meh, fathers are supposed to be biased and say stupid things. Mine used to say, “I’m proud of you...so are you retiring yet?” Not anymore, though. :) At least she didn’t say it. I still respect Macyee for being a warrior. https://t.co/aeulab0edj— Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) January 22, 2020
It’s worth reiterating that it was not Maycee Barber herself who posted the rant above. However, based on her strange mic-snatch moment immediately after the decision was announced, it seems like she shares some of her father’s feelings. Either way, hopefully the 21-year-old combatant will grow from this entire experience.
Conor McGregor confirmed a draw!
#UFC246 prelims averaged 1.767M viewers on ESPN.— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) January 22, 2020
A look at all Conor McGregor #UFC PPV Prelims:
UFC 229: 1.308M (FS1)
UFC 205: 1.801M (FS1)
UFC 202: 1.3M (FS1)
UFC 196: 1.843M (FS1)
UFC 194: 1.931M (FS1)
UFC 189: 847K (FS1)
Khabib Nurmagomedov is putting in the work for his next title defense!
What has this man been eating?!?!? He’s on that Rousimar Palhares diet.
So, um, David Branch is gigantic now. pic.twitter.com/swsuvtZoCp— Michael Fiedel (@MichaelFiedel) January 22, 2020
I’ll admit to being insanely jealous of Heavyweights and their lack of weight cutting. Curtis Blaydes is snacking on french fries and steak without a care in the world ...
Heavyweights eat good, even during fight week (via Curtis Blaydes’ Snapchat story). pic.twitter.com/VgugjdDWvc— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) January 23, 2020
Wrestling in the gi is so much trickier than no-gi takedowns. This man has moves!
This is a fun drill for anyone looking to improve their close-distance boxing and comfort seeing punches coming.
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Slips, rips, and KO clips
Not only is a double knockout, but they both climb back to their feet at almost the exact same time!
The man himself:
The commentary’s level of interest does not match how nice of a knockout this is.
perfect knee— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) January 17, 2020
Marcos Vinicius KOd Punk (FUTURE11) pic.twitter.com/6MOakdUcAZ
I’m not certain this is real, but it’s a thrill ride either way!
Like watching a full length movie - but in just 27-seconds... pic.twitter.com/q2LBBWwCcJ— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) January 21, 2020
Midnight Music: It’s hard to pick a Tame Impala song and not include a comment about Kevin Parker sounding extremely like John Lennon. He does, but Tame Impala is still different and good.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.