Mackenzie Dern

USA

Meeting Markos at UFC 253
StrawweightUFC
July 9, 2020
Dern (8-1-0) is slated to face Randa Markos (10-8-1) in a strawweight fight Sept. 19 at UFC 253, Steven Marrocco and Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
A location has yet to be set for UFC 253, though the event is expected to take place in Las Vegas. Dern returns to the Octagon just under two months after earning her third promotional win May 30, when she defeated Hannah Cifers via submission in Las Vegas.
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Racks up submission victory
StrawweightUFC
May 30, 2020
Dern defeated Hannah Cifers via submission (Kneebar) at 2:36 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This is why so many people remain high on Dern despite her clear shortcomings. Dern's striking game could charitably be called a work in progress, but she's legitimately one of the world's most gifted mat specialists. Cifers was getting the better of the stand-up in the early going before she recklessly exposed her leg and allowed Dern to clamp on the kneebar that ended the fight. Dern is a multi-time World BJJ champion and every single opponent she faces needs to avoid ground exchanges with her at all costs. Cifers didn't do that, and she paid for it. Dern, who turned 27 years old this past March, is young enough to improve the other areas of her game. She'll also take home an extra $50,000 for this one in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus.
Matchup with Cifers planned for May
StrawweightUFC
April 27, 2020
Dern (7-1-0) is slated to take on Hannah Cifers (10-4-0) in a strawweight fight May 30.
ANALYSIS
Dern and Cifers were initially scheduled to face one another at UFC Lincoln on April 25, but that event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The UFC is aiming to hold the fight in Las Vegas, pending the approval of the Nevada Atheltic Commission. Dern's last fight came back in October, when she suffered her first career loss to Amanda Ribas via unanimous decision.
Gets new opponent for April 25 bout
StrawweightUFC
April 9, 2020
Dern will now face Hannah Cifers for her bout scheduled on April 25, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It appears Ariane Carnelossi is among the fighters unable to make travel arrangements for the upcoming bouts. As a result, Dern will shift her focus to Hannah Cifers, who will take the fight on short notice. Per Sherdog, the two are expected to meet at the strawweight. It's still unclear at this point exactly where the fight will take place.
Added to Lincoln card
StrawweightUFC
January 27, 2020
Dern will face Ariane Carnelossi at UFC Lincoln on April 25, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dern lost to Amanda Ribas by unanimous decision in October, her first fight since giving birth to her first child. The loss was her first of her eight-fight professional career. Carnelossi has fought just once since joining the UFC, losing to Angela Hill in September.
Returns with first career loss
StrawweightUFC
October 12, 2019
Dern lost to Amanda Ribas via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
Dern has all of eight professional fights under her belt and she had a baby just five months ago, so it's difficult to get on her for a poor effort, but this bout emphasized the concerns surrounding the 26-year-old BJJ wizard. Simply put, Dern is a below-average striker. She doesn't keep her hands up consistently and she struggles with head movement. She has the mat skills to submit any woman on earth, but Dern is going to get picked apart if she is forced to stand and trade for any significant amount of time, and that's what happened on Saturday. Dern is young enough (26 years old) and athletic enough to make the necessary changes to her game, but she's doesn't possess the well-rounded game at the moment to be considered a legitimate threat at 115 or 125 pounds.