Brazilian submission specialist Mackenzie Dern missed weight on Friday morning for her UFC 224 fight against Amanda Bobby Cooper by a whopping seven pounds.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 11, 2018
Dern came in at 123 pounds for a 116-pound strawweight bout.
Shortly after, Amanda Cooper took to social media to express her feelings about the situation:
Not shocked @MackenzieDern missed weight but 7.4lbs over is a disgrace to all professionals. She’s not getting out of this fight that easy. Fight is still on. ABCNation get ready. #ufc224 strawweight vs flyweight tomorrow night in Brazil
— Amanda Bobby Brundage (@ABCnation115) May 11, 2018
The Jiu-Jitsu ace has been heavily promoted by the UFC leading into her second fight with the promotion, but thankfully Cooper accepted the bout at a catchweight, according to CABMMA Executive Director Cristiano Sampaio (MMA Junkie):
“The fight will happen. Amanda has accepted. Mackenzie went through the medicals and she’s fit, so the fight will happen. If (Dern had weighed in at) the next division, we wouldn’t allow the fight. She was 123, so she barely made it (under flyweight).”
This isn’t the first time Dern has missed weight in her professional MMA career, which might explain Cooper’s prediction that Dern would struggle to make weight in the promotional lead-up to UFC 224:
“She will probably come in heavy, I have a feeling, or have a hard time making weight. I plan on leaving cookies outside her door every night because I’m sure she won’t be able to resist it. And that way I get 20 percent of her purse and still get to beat her up at home.”
Cooper’s prediction ended up being completely on point, as Dern will indeed lose a percentage of her show money that will ultimately go to her opponent in Cooper.
Dern and Cooper will fight on the main card of Saturday’s UFC 224 in Brazil.
Will Dern’s botched weight cut affect her performance on Saturday night?