Maycee Barber Details Hospitalization Following UFC 299 Victory

Earlier this month at UFC 299 in Miami, Maycee Barber secured an impressive unanimous decision victory over Katlyn Cerminara, but unfortunately had to follow the bout with nine days in the hospital to treat an infection.

Barber is now riding a 6 fight win streak, and is ranked 4th in the flyweight division. Her most recent loss came in 2021 to the division’s current champion, Alexa Grasso.


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“Well, the past few weeks were quite the ride and included lots of highs and lots of lows,” Barber wrote on Instagram. “Following my fight, I spent 9 days in the hospital being tested and treated for an infection that they thought were a mix of different things from Strep A to Staph. Being in the hospital and still not having a true definitive answer while battling a 105 degree fever for days, having extremely low blood pressure, HR, and oxygen, was incredibly hard,” Barber explained.

Barber’s hospital stay reminds us of the extremes that fighters put their bodies through. Not only are they pushing themselves to the limit in training camp, but one has to consider that the weight cut and nerves play a massive factor in the health of the competitors.

“Despite having multiple IV antibiotics and medications over the course of several days, they were unable to get my fever to drop, which eventually led to me developing Pneumonia. It definitely wasn’t what I had planned and was honestly very scary at times. There were a few moments where I wasn’t sure if I was going to be okay, but I know that whatever happens was meant to happen and that it’s all just another piece of the puzzle of life,” She continued. “Grateful for everyone who has been by my side through it all. Little scares like this make you really step back and appreciate those around you! God is good and I am blessed!”

It seems now that Barber is well on her way to recovery, and also seems to be keeping a positive mindset. Hopefully, this means that we will see her back inside the Octagon in the near future, as she continues her push for the title.

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