A women’s flyweight matchup is on deck for what figures to be the UFC’s final pay-per-view of 2021.
Barber (9-2) was touted as a major prospect and she had visions of becoming the youngest champion in UFC history. Obviously it didn’t work out that way for the 23-year-old, as her bright 3-0 start in the UFC gave way to consecutive losses to Roxanne Modafferi and Alexa Grasso. She’s coming off a controversial split decision over fellow prospect Miranda Maverick in July, with most believing Miranda deserved the win.
De La Rosa (12-6-1) is coming off a second-round TKO of Ariane Lipski at UFC Vegas 28 in June. She’d previously fought to a draw with Mayra Bueno Silva and had also lost a decision to Viviane Araujo. The latest UFC rankings have De La Rosa at #15 and Barber just two spots ahead of her.
UFC 269 is expected to include a lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier, as well as women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes against Julianna Pena.