UFC Denver Recap: Maycee Barber Defeats Hannah Cifers with Bloody Ground and Pound

The second of two women’s strawweight fights on the UFC Denver card featured a pair of strikers, with undefeated local Maycee Barber taking on kickboxer Hannah Cifers. Barber came in at 5-0, but Cifers was riding a five fight winning streak of her own and was also making her UFC debut. The fight didn’t disappoint, with the hometown fighter coming out ahead after a bloody finish.

The striking battle began immediately with Barber pressing the pace and using her height advantage to help her push forward. She attempted to land the first takedown with a trip in the clinch but Cifers defended it, and Barber was left to look for knees in the clinch near the cage. As the clinch went on, a couple of minutes into the fight, Cifers also began to land some powerful knees.

Barber attempted a couple of head kicks after the break, but couldn’t connect well and the fight went back to the clinch not long afterwards. Barber controlled the clinch and landed decently with her knees, and the break didn’t come until the last minute of the round. Cifers struck back however by dropping Barber within the last thirty seconds for what was almost the first knockdown of the fight, before Barber recovered.

In the second round, Barber went immediately for high kicks once again but couldn’t connect cleanly like she was attempting to. The fight went to ground after roughly a minute, and Barber ended up on top and bloodied Cifers’ face with her elbows, leaving noticeable blood stains on both the mat and on both fighters. Despite the blood only pouring out more and more, however, the fight wasn’t stopped immediately and Barber continued to use ground and pound until Cifers failed to defend herself and a finish was finally declared.

Barber’s record improves to 6-0 thanks to this result, while Cifers drops to 8-3 and had a five fight winning streak snapped. Both fighters were making their UFC debuts, meaning Cifers now has an 0-1 record in the promotion and Barber is 1-0.

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