For Mackenzie Dern, All The Bad Was Worth It At UFC 224

Arnold Nichols
May 14, 2018

According to MMA Junkie's Mike Bohn, Dern is the 11th UFC fighter to miss weight this year and her overage is the largest of the group, with all but one of the others coming in less than four pounds overweight.

UFC 224 available for order on Amazon Prime (Prime Video PPV) Amanda Bobby Cooper is going to fight Saturday at UFC 224, despite her opponent badly missing weight by seven pounds. Because Dern missed weight, Cooper will be awarded 10 percent of Dern's purse. 411's live results and coverage of the event are available RIGHT HERE. Not that it's not important to me, but I believe in what they're offering me. I went and ran and everything came off, so it's flawless.' ... Attempting to get out of harm's way, Cooper rolled but gave up her back to Dern who immediately locked in a rear-naked choke forcing Cooper to tap out. "But on Friday at 9AM, I wasn't losing any more weight". A lot of things have been happening. It's not an excuse. "It's not an excuse, missed flights and a lot of things happened and I just kept going and going". I can't lose that opportunity to get all that out from this organization which is so big and help me make weight. I don't want that to happen again but it's a mistake. I wasn't popped for anything. There's champions that are caught using drugs, cocaine, things like that. For me it's a mistake. "The UFC is investing in me, and I'm going to work with them to not ever have that happen again".

Do you think Mackenzie Dern should be given another shot to fight at strawweight or should the UFC force her to move to flyweight for her next fight?

Dern said she is aware of the criticism and vowed to make changes to her diet.

Saturday's fight was the first time Cooper had appeared on the main card of a UFC pay-per-view.

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