One of the most promising up-and-coming stars in women’s MMA, Mackenzie Dern is moving up to flyweight (125lbs) for her next bout.
Dern had previously been plying her trade at strawweight (115lbs), but in her brief 3-0 career so far she had already failed to make weight twice.
It’s likely that Dern had been persisting with that division due to the fact that she has always made it clear that she’s her future residing in the UFC, who up until recently didn’t have a 125lb division.
However, he promotion recently gave the green light for the new weight class to be formed, with the upcoming 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter set to crown a new champion, and so it makes sense for Dern to now turn her attention to that division.
The 24-year-old is sticking with fighting outside of the Octagon for now though, with her next fight set to take place against Mandy Polk (3-3) at LFA 24 on October 13th.
Firstly though, Dern will return to her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu roots this coming weekend for ADCC 2017 event, having won the gold medal their last year, but though she’s already a big star in that sport, if she can now get her weight issues under control and continue to build on her unbeaten record then far greater fame and fortune could await her in MMA.