One of Barber’s biggest rivals is Paige VanZant and Barber claims PVZ is ducking her again by refusing to accept the bout at UFC 246.
“They offered it to Paige at 125, (and) she said no,” Barber said to Submission Radio (via Nolan King of MMA Junkie). “From what I heard, she said she wanted a fight at 115, but she would need more time. So, as far as I know, it’s offered to her at 125 when she wants to take the fight at 125. And other than that, it’s kind of like, I’m just gonna keep doing what I do with my career, and when she decides to fight, we’ll fight.”
VanZant reportedly has one fight left on her UFC deal and it appears that final bout won’t be coming against Barber.
Barber is still happy to be fighting Modafferi, mainly because Barber believes that VanZant hasn't progressed as a fighter.
“Roxanne is way better of a fighter than Paige VanZant,” Barber said. “And there’s a lot of women out there who are a tougher fight. Paige VanZant just did the marketing well, and that was because the UFC got behind her on that. But like I’ve said multiple times, she didn’t hold up her end of the deal and she didn’t continue to progress as a fighter, she just continued to progress on the more marketing and media side of that. So, yeah, there’s a lot more girls that had been working there their butts off a lot more than Paige has.”
UFC 246 takes place on Saturday, January 18 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.
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