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UFC 224: Mackenzie Dern submits Amanda Cooper with rear-naked choke

14 May 2018
UFC 224: Mackenzie Dern submits Amanda Cooper with rear-naked choke

Mackenzie Dern missed weight Friday for her UFC 224 bout with Amanda Cooper, but the fight will still take place, according to Chamatkar Sandhu of MMAJunkie. Considering Cooper is now essentially a "strawweight vs flyweight", it's no wonder Cooper is perturbed with Dern's extra 7.4 pounds. "The reason I chose to still fight is because I worked too hard to have this opportunity taken from me, I'm a fighter, it's what I live for".

Cooper won her last fight in her hometown of Detroit, knocking out Angela Magana at UFC 218. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program created to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Cooper was submitted in all three of her losses, making the fight with Dern, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a bad fit for Cooper.

Mackenzie Dern on what went wrong with her weight cut: "My mind was fine - I was conscious".

Mackenzie Dern on how ashamed she feels: "I'm ashamed of that; I don't want that to happen again". Not that it's not important I believe in what they're offering to me. But I knew that fighting here in Brazil, representing Brazil, I know how Brazilians support their athletes in any form, regardless of anything. There are champions that are caught for drugs and cocaine and things like that. "For me it was a mistake and I'm going to work with the UFC to make sure it never happens again". "On Friday, [UFC matchmaker] Mick [Maynard] called me and said we have an institute here in Vegas, and we're going to invest in you, we want you here, we're going to work with you, so I said OK I'm going to work for you guys".

It will be Dern's second fight in UFC. "I believe that's what they want. Since the first day I got here, the UFC was trying to help me and was saying I'd be able to make weight, and I did it last time".