Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sensation Mackenzie Dern continued to build on the unbeaten start to her MMA career on Friday night with a unanimous decision victory over Katherine Roy at LFA 6.
For the second fight in a row Dern had some difficulties making the 115lb strawweight limit, and so the bout was amended to a 120lb catchweight prior to the weigh-ins on Friday.
Despite that hiccup, Dern impressed in the cage despite struggling to take Roy to the mat at some stages during the fight.
That forced her to abandon her hopes of racking up another highlight-reel submission victory, and instead she showed off a very capable striking game that enabled her to still come out on top via uanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28) to go 3-0 as a professional in the sport.
The fact that the 23-year-old is developing into a well-rounded mixed martial artist bodes well for her future as she has the potential to be a future superstar if she is able to continue living up to her potential.
Her weight-cutting issues are a concern though, and it’s something she’s aware of.
“Everyone’s talking about my weight. I know it’s a big problem and an issue,” Dern acknowledged after the fight. “Everyone is saying I should go to 125, but the UFC doesn’t have 125. They have 115, and that’s the weight class I want to fight. … I’m trying my best, It’s no excuse for anything.”