Earlier this week, a sportswoman-like move was made by Modafferi as the fighter messaged Barber to warn her about a potential bathtub issue at the hotel the UFC 246 competitors are staying at, which Barber posted on Instagram:
Modafferi, when speaking to MMA Junkie, didn’t know that Barber had posted the message and says she was just trying to be a good sport.
“Oh, good, because I messaged her, and I wasn’t sure if she’d see it because if you’re not following somebody, it goes to the other inbox,” Modafferi said. “So, what happened is that we were in the locker room, and we met at the UFC Performance Institute, and we were chatting and we talked about cutting weight. We both like cutting weight in the bathtub as opposed to a sauna or whatever, so I said to her, ‘I hope the hotel has a bathtub,’ and she said, ‘Yeah, I really hope so,’ et cetera. So I decided to call ahead and called the hotel and asked, ‘Hey, does the hotel have a bathtub?’ and they said no, so I thought, ‘Well, if she’s going to count on that, and we’re supposed to make weight for this fight,’ so I let her know. It’s just courtesy to a fellow fighter. You might want to make other plans, so I think the UFC is going to work it all out and hopefully they get us different rooms, but yeah.”
UFC 246 takes place on Saturday, January 18 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.