A Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) appointed doctor checked the injured knee of Barber in between rounds two and three, a move that Barber says made the injury more prominent to her opponent.
”I was doing everything I could to disguise the fact that I had been compromised,” Barber wrote to MMA Fighting. “I feel like the fact that the doctor completely gave away that I was dealing with something. It also made the injury more prominent to me when I was trying to push it out of my head for the fight. Had it been me fighting, if I would have seen the doctor stepping in and checking someone’s knee, that would instantly be the thing that I target.”
The doctor diagnosed Barber with a partial ACL tear, but it was revealed that Barber suffered a full ACL tear.
Barber also argues that there was no good reason for the doctor to check her knee in between rounds.
”There is absolutely no benefit or reason for the doctor to check me if he was going to let me continue, and there most definitely wasn’t a reason to announce the injury and let me continue knowing full well that he had just ‘shown my hand,’” Barber stated.
While Barber is getting knee surgery in the near future, one thing the fighter expects to do is return to action before the end of the year.