Maycee Barber has a new UFC 269 opponent – and for the first time in her career, it’s someone younger.
With Montana De La Rosa out due to injury, 22-year-old rising prospect Erin Blanchfield has stepped in to fight Barber, she told MMA Junkie in an Instagram Live on Tuesday. The Dec. 11 pay-per-view event takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Blanchfield (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made her promotional debut in September when she controlled Sarah Alpar with a high output striking and grappling attack. Regarded by many as perhaps the most promising female prospect in mixed martial arts, Blanchfield will reenter training camp just weeks later.
As for Barber (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who is also one of the youngest fighters on the UFC roster at age 23, she will look to continue her recent success on the heels of a split decision win over Miranda Maverick in July. The victory put her back into the win column after back-to-back unanimous decision defeats to Roxanne Modafferi and Alexa Grasso.
With the change, the UFC 269 lineup includes:
Charles Oliveria vs. Dustin Poirier – for lightweight title
Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena – for women’s bantamweight title
Leon Edwards vs. Jorge Masvidal
Dominick Cruz vs. Pedro Munhoz
Randy Costa vs. Tony Kelley
Cody Garbrandt vs. Kai Kara-France
Priscila Cachoeira vs. Gillian Robertson
Dricus Du Plessis vs. Andre Muniz
Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
Ryan Hall vs. Darrick Minner
Sean O’Malley vs. Raulian Paiva
Maycee Barber vs. Erin Blanchfield