Mackenzie Dern Wins Again At LFA 6

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.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. You have to believe that the UFC has to be looking to add a 125 lbs (flyweight division) soon. They can’t afford to allow a fighter like Mackenzie Dern to be taken by Bellator if weight issues continue to become a challenge. As well as other potential 125 lbs fighters and bigger strawweights who would prefer to fight at 125 lbs. There are many, the UFC needs to be the first to pull that trigger soon. The 125 lbs division will be a power house division much like the strawweight division is now. It will have the bonus of pulling from bantomweights present in and out of the UFC. There are other promotions who have bigger strawweights and other promotions 125 lbs that would be eager to join the UFC flyweight division. The lost of some strawweights would easily be filled by other strawweights that have yet you come into the UFC…example fighters like 22 years old Muziki Inoue 12-4. Muziki would have already been in the UFC if not for her parents wanting her to wait. They felt she was to young at the time. She easily could be top 5 fighter right now. The only issue is I believe her team has taken her as far as they can. She would benefit coming to a top American team to reach that championship level. She didn’t use all of her potential skills in her losses to Karolina Kowalkiewicz (split dec) and Alexa Grasso (dec lost). Muziki was only 20 years old at the time of those losses and has a great stand up game but her ground is by far where she shines. There are plenty of outstanding fighters still out side the UFC.

  2. Agreed. The UFC already did a test fight at 125lbs, so it’s definitely on their minds and if Dern’s weight-cutting issues continue then it’s almost inevitable that they’ll start it when she eventually arrives.

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