Alexa Grasso showed great grappling, in addition to her expert striking
Maycee Barber’s return fight ends in disappointment, and almost certainly ends Barber’s mission to be the youngest champion in UFC history. Alexa Grasso used her experience, pure striking and skilled grappling en route to a unanimous decision win in the UFC 258 co-main event.
Alexa Grasso ruins Maycee Barber’s return in UFC 258 co-main event
The first round was fought mainly against the cage with the two struggling to gain control of their positioning, with Grasso seemingly the better of those battles. Both traded several knees while clinching up throughout the first five minutes, where, again, Grasso seemed to get the better of Barber in spite of the younger fighter’s speed.
Grasso’s striking skills came forward in full early in the second round, as Grasso rocked Barber with a counter shot, rocking her until Barber got the fight back against the cage. Barber connected with a fair share of shots, including a kick to the body that led to Grasso going to the ground. It was there, however, where Grasso took Barber by surprise with superior grappling, nearly locking in an armbar, an arm triangle and a rear-naked choke before the horn.
Barber came out aggressive in the third, looking for a big strike, but she ended up against the cage once again courtesy of Grasso. Barber, however, scored a takedown about two minutes into the final round, with Barber connecting with a knee as Grasso got back up. Barber swung wildly, desperate for a finish in the third round, pinning Grasso against the Octagon and landing hard shots in the clinch. Grasso did still land a couple of knees, and scored a big hook late in the round, but Barber finished the fight with a takedown.
All three judges scored the fight for Grasso, 29-28.
UFC 258 took place on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.