One fighter that Barber would like to compete against is Paige VanZant, but Barber claims that VanZant doesn’t want to fight her.
“She doesn’t want to fight me, she doesn’t want to lose,” Barber said on The MMA Hour. “She wants to keep building her name and getting wins under her. And this is a fight she could possibly lose — and she knows that. I think that’s why. Also, given my history in fights, I go to finish and I usually cut people up. She also doesn’t want to have her face damaged.”
VanZant hasn't competed since UFC Fight Night Brooklyn and is currently on the shelf due to an injury.
Barber may not like that VanZant allegedly won’t take the fight, but Barber knows that her finishing ability would play a factor in a potential bout.
“She’s a high-paced fighter,” Barber said. “She’s got skills and she’s very athletic. But I’m me and I go to finish. She hasn’t fought a ton of girls that go out to just finish. There’s one thing about being a fighter who is technically good and then there’s someone who has like a malicious intent to finish a fight and I possess that. And there’s only a few girls who possess that. I know that I’m one of them and I feel like Tatiana Suarez is another girl who’s a finisher. She goes out to hurt you. We’re few and far between as fighters who fight like that.”
Neither Barber or VanZant are booked for a fight right now, but Barber is ranked ahead of VanZant at the moment in the women's flyweight division rankings.