UFC 224: Mackenzie Dern submits Amanda Cooper with rear-naked choke

Lawrence Cooper
May 14, 2018

Cooper, who scored a rousing victory during the preliminary matches of UFC 218 in front the hometown crowd at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit had the option to cancel the fight after Dern missed weight by more than seven pounds. The fight still went forward, but Dern was penalized 30 percent of her purse, which went to Cooper. I don't want that to happen again but it's a mistake. "But on Friday I woke up at 6 a.m., I went to the sauna, we were trying and trying, my mind was fine, I was conscious, but there was a point where the weight wasn't going away any more".

Dern hopes that doesn't end up happening but instead she's promised to work with the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas to help her get her weight in check ahead of her next fight. "For me it was a mistake and I'm going to work with the UFC to make sure it never happens again".

Dern said she is aware of the criticism and vowed to make changes to her diet.

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Would you like to see submission specialist Mackenzie Dern move up to flyweight (125-pounds) for next octagon appearance? In her second and third professional fights with Legacy FC, Dern signed up to fight at catchweights of 118.8 and 120 pounds, but still missed on the scales for both. Unfortunately, Dern has a history of missing weight as she's failed to make the strawweight limit as many times as she's actually hit the mark.

"My manager said the UFC wants me to move up in weight". "I believe that's what they want".

Dern remains unbeaten in her career improved to 7-0, while Cooper falls to 1-2 in her past three outings. I went and ran and everything came off, so it's ideal.' ... Not that it's not important I believe in what they're offering to me.

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