Undefeated women’s flyweight fighter Maycee Barber has had her eye on Paige VanZant for a while now. A matchup has not come to fruition, and according to Barber, it’s because VanZant “doesn’t want to have her face damaged.”
VanZant spoke about Barber during a studio appearance on Monday’s Ariel Helwani MMA Show, where she clarified why a fight never happened between them.
“Actually, I was going to say yes to the fight, but i think it’s completely inappropriate to slide into someone’s husband’s DM’s tying to get a fight,” VanZant said (transcript by MMA Mania). “Messaging my husband on Instagram trying to agitate me.
“So that’s why I have stayed relatively quiet about this and, I’m just not going to reward disrespectful people. It would be a reward for her to fight me and she doesn’t deserve it.”
VanZant last fought in January, when she defeated Rachel Ostovich via second-round submission. She has one fight left in her contract, which she hopes to take by the end of the year.