Mackenzie Dern Will Make Her Octagon Return This Autumn
By Ross Markey
Grappling ace Mackenzie Dern is set to end her seventeen-month hiatus from the Octagon this October, as she clashes with recent promotion debutante Amanda Ribas in a strawweight contest.
7-0 rising star Dern recently gave birth to her first child, Moa, and returns to the mixed-martial-arts world looking to maintain her undefeated professional record.
Currently 2-0 in the UFC since her debut last March, Dern has overcome both Ashley Yoder, and in a controversial submission, stopped Amanda Cooper. The ADCC and no-gi World Champion tipped the scales at 123 pounds for the 115-pound affair with the bout now subsequently forced at a catchweight.
Dern later explained how to fight week distraction and travel delays were to blame for the botched weight cut. On fight night, the grappling predominant Dern knocked Cooper down with a good combination, before setting up a rear-naked choke, her first finish in the promotion.
October opponent Ribas, recently made her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut this year, scoring an eye-catching submission over Emily Whitmire, extending her résumé to 7-1.
This exciting clash is a meeting of two highly regarded prospects and noteworthy grapplers, with a victory for either bolstering their rankings in the deep strawweight division.
Fellow strawweight contenders clash on the same night, with former division best Joanna Jedrzejczyk meeting one-time Invicta FC atomweight gold holder Michelle Waterson, with the strikers expected to headline the Fight Night event, with a venue still to be determined.