Mackenzie Dern Ashamed Of Failed Weight Cut At UFC 224

UFC fighter blasts opponent for missing weight by 7 pounds

Jiu-jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern (7-0 MMA) kept her flawless mixed martials arts record intact at last night's UFC 224 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by scoring a first-round subsmission victory over Amanda Cooper. Considering Cooper is now essentially a "strawweight vs flyweight", it's no wonder Cooper is perturbed with Dern's extra 7.4 pounds. And the fact I was able to do it before, I thought I knew what I was doing. They told me even without a fight, they're going to make me make weight and they're going to stay on me, but that's what I need.

As this is being written, Dern has not publicly commented on what led to her disastrous weight-cut.

Cooper and Dern are scheduled to meet on the main card of Saturday's PPV event.

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"The last seven months I fought four times", she said. A lot of things have been happening. I wasn't cutting anymore weight, I was in the sauna and there's no more water coming out, I wasn't sweating. I didn't feel pressure, I just got so emotional with everything that happened. "The reason I chose to still fight is because I worked too hard to have this opportunity taken from me, I'm a fighter, it's what I live for".

"My manager said that the UFC would want me to move up in weight". I went and ran and everything came off, so it's ideal.' ...

Dern did make it clear that she plans on never letting this happen again, and a way of making sure it does not is to go to the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada. "They called me like, 'Are you okay?' I said: 'Don't worry you guys, it's okay".

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