Mackenzie Dern

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Godinez up next
StrawweightUFC
May 29, 2024
Dern is scheduled to compete against strawweight Lupita Godinez at UFC Abu Dhabi on Aug. 3, per Dana White's announcement Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Most recently, Dern took a relatively short-notice fight against Amanda Lemos and lost via unanimous decision at UFC 298. The former will look to bounce back by defeating Godinez, recently coming off a loss to Virna Jandiroba but ranked No. 10 in the UFC's strawweight rankings after earning four consecutive wins before said defeat.
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Shows toughness in close loss
StrawweightUFC
February 17, 2024
Dern lost to Amanda Lemos via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 298 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Dern is going to receive plenty of praise despite the defeat and rightfully so. She nearly came storming back to upset Lemos despite fighting essentially the entire bout on one leg and appearing for all the world to be finished in Round 2. Yet, Mackenzie continued to battle, going as far to knock down her opponent in Round 3 and threaten multiple submission attempts. Dern's striking remains a work in progress. She's reckless at times and overly aggressive, and high-level strikers such as Lemos will make her pay for those mistakes all day long. Dern appeared to be making progress with four straight wins from May 2020 to April 2021, but she's sporting just a 1-3 record in her past four bouts. Set to turn 31 years of age shortly, the odds are against Dern putting it all together. On the bright side, she'll walk away with a $50,000 bonus after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Steps in for Suarez
StrawweightUFC
January 16, 2024
Dern will fight Amanda Lemos at UFC 298 on Feb. 17, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Dern will have a month to prepare for the fight after Tatiana Suarez (undisclosed) withdrew from the event Tuesday. Dern dropped her most recent fight to Jessica Andrade in November and will be at a two-inch reach disadvantage against Lemos.
No-shows UFC 295 loss
StrawweightUFC
November 11, 2023
Dern lost to Jessica Andrade via TKO (punches) at 3:15 of Round 2 at UFC 295 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
It's impossible to believe this is the same fighter that destroyed Angela Hill -- a noted Muay Thai specialist -- in a 25-minute main event this past May. Dern's striking looked crisp in that bout. Here, she looked like she never trained her stand-up a day in her life. Facing an opponent in Andrade that entered having lost three straight fights in which she was overwhelmed in each, Dern engaged Jessica in the brawl she was seeking and left her chin exposed in every single striking exchange between the two. It's no secret Dern's striking will never be on the level of her ground game, but any potential gains she appeared to make in the Hill fight were more than negated in this effort. Set to turn 31 years of age next March, Dern has alternated wins and losses in her past six fights.
Taking on Andrade
StrawweightUFC
August 20, 2023
Dern is set to take on Jessica Andrade in a strawweight fight at a UFC event on Nov. 11, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dern will look to win her second straight fight, taking on Andrade. The two fighters stand three inches apart, with Dern holding the three-inch reach advantage. Despite that advantage, Dern typically does her best work on the mat, so she'll likely look to get it there against the high-volume striker in Andrade.
Star shines in main event victory
StrawweightUFC
May 20, 2023
Dern defeated Angela Hill via unanimous decision (49-43, 49-44, 49-44) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was the best Dern has looked inside the Octagon by a wide margin. Her cardio was exceptional, as she pushed the pace on the famously well-conditioned Hill from bell to bell. Mackenzie also displayed far more power and aggressiveness on the feet than we have seen in the past. Hill had the skill set to make many believe she could pull the upset here, but Dern put an end to that thought immediately. Dern is a world-class mat specialist. If these advancements in both the cardio and striking department are here to stay, the 30-year-old may reach the extremely lofty ceiling many predicted for her in the past. It will be fascinating to see how Dern looks next time out, because this was the first time we had seen this version of her during her five-plus years with the UFC. It also led to both combatants earning a extra $50,000 after this fight was awarded Fight of the Night honors.