During the televised prelims of UFC 246, we saw something truly surprising.
Maycee Barber was in the second round of her women’s flyweight matchup with Roxanne Modafferi, when she ate a punch and collapsed to the floor.
After telling her team “I’m good” in between rounds, the doctor then interrupted the start of the third round — after her team had exited the cage.
“He’s just making sure (Barber) can continue. Keep yourself ready ok?” the referee was heard telling Modafferi.
After a three-second long examination, the doctor told the referee that Barber suffered a “partial ACL tear,” and that “she’s fine”.
The commentary crew was stunned by the fact that the doctor was allowed to examine Barber’s knee, and was seemingly able to make that sort of diagnosis without any technology.
“What? I’ve never seen this in my life; they’re doing an examination of her knee,” Joe Rogan said on the broadcast.
“What is he, an MRI?” Rogan continued, after the doctor made his diagnosis.
“Is that a guy a human MRI?”
Rogan then began to question why the examination was allowed to happen, pointing out the UFC 239 main event where Thiago Santos suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and PCL in a loss to Jon Jones.
“I don’t get that,” Rogan said. “I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen that happen with a man. They would never examine a man’s knee.”
Barber was able to survive the third round without a stoppage, but did suffer a unanimous decision loss to Modafferi for her first loss in the UFC.
The fight was part of the McGregor-Cerrone undercard at Las Vegas.