Mackenzie Dern

USA

Out
Injury Thumb
Est. Return 4/9/2022
Picks up medical suspension
StrawweightUFC
Out
October 12, 2021
Dern is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dern was defeated by Marina Rodriguez by unanimous decision to send Dern's record to 6-2 in the UFC. She will need clearance from a doctor on her right thumb to avoid being suspended for six months.
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Drops main event in Vegas
StrawweightUFC
Out
October 9, 2021
Dern lost to Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 46-49) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
On the surface, this would appear to be a disappointing loss for Dern in a main event spot in which she entered as a significant (-195) favorite, but this is a woman with barely a dozen professional fights under her belt, and it's not as if she performed poorly here. Dern really only had one good round -- the second -- be she was so dominant in that frame that she deserved an easy 10-8 score. Dern spent nearly the entire frame in a dominating position, scoring 4:21 worth of control time in the five minute round. The vast majority of the rest of the fight -- particularly the final three rounds -- consisted of Rodriguez in control on the feet. Dern's striking has improved, but it will never be on the level of her grappling, and this type of thing is at risk of happening when ever she goes against an opponent who excels in the stand-up. That said, Dern is unquestionably improving, and her ceiling remains among the highest among all female's on the UFC roster. It's not much consolation, but she'll also walk away with a $50,000 bonus after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Set for October return
StrawweightUFC
Out
July 10, 2021
Dern (thumb) will headline an October event with a fight against Marina Rodriguez, according to a report from Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com.
ANALYSIS
It's worth noting that contracts have not been signed between both parties, but the 115-pound contest is close to being finalized and should be formally announced sooner than later. This fight will represent Dern's return to action and she went 3-0 in 2020 while posting an 11-1 record overall. Dern has been medically suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission following her bout against Nina Nunes on April, but she should be ready to feature in this one.
Given six-month medical suspension
StrawweightUFC
Out
April 13, 2021
Dern has been medically suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission following Saturday's UFC on ABC 2 bout versus Nina Nunes due to a positive result on an X-ray of her right thumb, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dern didn't take long to pick up the win over Nunes in Saturday's bout, forcing her to tap late in the first round via armbar. Unfortunately, she didn't escape unscathed and will now have to gain clearance from a doctor to retake the Octagon before Oct. 8.
Quickly taps Nina Nunes
StrawweightUFC
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April 10, 2021
Dern defeated Nina Nunes via submission (armbar) at 4:48 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The improvement of Dern is clear, and she is a legitimate future title contender at 115 pounds. She blew the doors of the returning Nunes in this one despite entering as a baffling +110 underdog. The two women went back and forth on the feet for the first minute or so before Dern eventually scored a takedown and worked to nearly rip Nunes' arm off. No woman on the UFC roster can come close to hanging with Dern on the mat. She's making clear improvements on the feet too, and that may very well be all it takes in order for her to challenge for a championship. Dern has won three straight and is looking at a high-profile opponent her next time out. She'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for her efforts.
Expected to face Nina Ansaroff
StrawweightUFC
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December 21, 2020
Dern is expected to take on Nina Ansaroff on April 10, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup hasn't been officially signed, but both sides reportedly like the arrangement, so it sounds as if it's set to go forward. Dern is riding a three-fight winning streak, winning a pair of first-round submissions before requiring the full three rounds to defeat Virna Jandiroba by unanimous decision in December. Ansaroff hasn't won a fight since 2018, as she lost by unanimous decision against Tatiana Suarez in her only 2019 fight before taking time off for the birth of her daughter.