Mackenzie Dern Reveals She’s Staying At Strawweight Despite Recent Issues

Mackenzie Dern came in 7lbs overweight for her last fight in the UFC’s strawweight division, but despite a history of struggling to make the weight-class it seems that she plans to remain there for the foreseeable future.

“Everyone here agrees I have a body type that fits at strawweight, in the category that I am, so the plan is to continue in it,” Dern told Combate. “But we want to diet and train so that I do not have to cut so much weight, I’ll cut very little. After the fight, I will not go up that much.

“Regardless of what will be decided on the weigh-in, whether or not it will return for the afternoon, it will not change my situation much, because, the way they want me to be the best possible athlete, it will be a very quiet thing.”

Dern also confirmed during the interview that she is now working with the UFC’s Performance Institute to ensure she is doing everything she can to perfect her preperation for her next cut down to 115lbs.

“I’m learning here every day, every day I learn something different from my body that I did not even know, things that get in the way of my cut, that I had difficulty due to the way I cut.

“Now that I’m working with the UFC, I’m going to come back here every four weeks, take the tests to see how my body is reacting. But otherwise my workout will continue normal.”

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