Hannah Cifers
Shockwave

USA

Looking to bounce back in Vegas
StrawweightUFC
July 15, 2020
Cifers will square off against Mallory Martin in Las Vegas on Aug. 29, MMA DNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Cifers may be nearing the end of her rope after losing three straight bouts, including each of the last two in the first round via submission. She has been thoroughly outclassed of late but gets another opportunity to turn things around against an opponent in Martin who looked underwhelming in her UFC debut versus Virna Jandiroba. Cifers cedes three inches of height and one inch of reach to her opponent, so she will likely aim to get in closer to do some damage.
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Endures medical suspension
StrawweightUFC
June 15, 2020
Cifers has been medically suspended through July 14 due to an undisclosed injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cifers is also not allowed to have any physical contact through July 5 due to her undisclosed injury. The news comes following her loss to Mariya Agapova via submission at 2:42 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. It marked her second loss in a two-week span. She will now look to turn her momentum around once her health is back up to par.
Second loss in two weeks
StrawweightUFC
June 13, 2020
Cifers lost to Mariya Agapova via submission (Rear-naked choke) at 2:42 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Cifers' willingness to step up and fight at a moment's notice is admirable, but she has now suffered a pair of first-round submission losses in the past 14 days. After succumbing to a kneebar from Mackenzie Dern in her last bout, Cifers fell victim to a rear-naked choke from Agapova on Saturday. She had all sorts of trouble with her bigger, longer opponent and the submission was simply the result of all the damage Agapova inflicted on the feet. The UFC figures to have a bit more patience with Cifers than your average fighter considering all she has done for them, but the soon-to-be 28-year-old now has three straight stoppage losses on her docket in the span of less than six months.
Steps up as replacement
StrawweightUFC
June 8, 2020
Cifers will fight Mariya Agapova on Saturday as a replacement for Melissa Gatto, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cifers will be just two weeks removed from a loss via submission to Mackenzie Dern when she enters the Octagon on Saturday. In addition to the quick turnover, she'll be facing a five-inch disadvantage in terms of height while working with eight inches less reach. Currently sitting at 2-2 in the UFC, Cifers will nonetheless look to use this opportunity to get her record above .500. She appeared to be a game opponent for a top prospect in Dern before getting dragged to the mat, but oddsmakers see her as an underdog here yet again, pegging her as roughly a (+175) underdog.
Taps to Mackenzie Dern
StrawweightUFC
May 30, 2020
Cifers lost to Mackenzie Dern via submission (Kneebar) at 2:36 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Cifers looked pretty good in the stand-up over the first couple minutes before she foolishly tried to pound away at Dern on the mat. Dern grabbed her leg and the fight was over seconds later. This may have been the end result regardless, but Cifers had to separate at all costs the moment Dern was on the ground, and she didn't do that. She was visibly upset followed the conclusion of the fight and appeared to realize her mistake. No one will confuse Cifers for a title contender, but she has a decent amount of talent and makes for reasonable roster depth. The North Carolina native is now 2-2 with the UFC.
Matchup with Dern targeted for May
StrawweightUFC
April 27, 2020
Cifers (10-4-0) is slated to take on Mackenzie Dern (7-1-0) in a strawweight fight May 30.
ANALYSIS
Cifers and Dern 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 targeting Las Vegas as the location for the card, but it still needs approval from the Nevada Athletic Commission. Cifers' last fight came back in January, when she lost to Angela Hill via technical knockout.