Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Mackenzie Dern successfully made her second Octagon outing after rocking Amanda Cooper by powerful overhand right and eventually submitted via first round rear-naked choke at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But her impressive performance somehow overshadowed by her shameful act scale failure missing the Strawweight limit by a whopping seven pounds. That naturally generated heavy criticism from fellow fighters.
UFC Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas weigh-in on Dern’s weight cut, her performance and facing her down the road, during her appearance on “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. (Via MMAMania)
“Other than the weight issue, I thought she looked great. That is something, I’ve always wanted to test my jiu-jitsu against, that would be awesome, I would like to face her. But, she just has together shit together and that may be down the road. She beat Gabi Garcia in a jiu-jitsu match, so that would be awesome. And she can obviously strike a little bit. She has that heavy first step, that a wrestler has sometimes that good right hand. You can tell she has that style developing. So it will be interesting to see if she can fix her issues and maybe she can be a future contender.”
Namajunas praised Dern and said she wouldn’t mind testing her ground skills with someone like Dern in the future. However, the current champion was unimpressed by Dern’s weigh-in blunder.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist coughed up a big amount of her purse to Cooper for missing weight. Now Dern plans to get all the help from UFC’s Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, to put her back on track for her next fight. Brazilian has a long road before she puts her hand on the title fight.
As for Namajunas she will likely to defend her title against Jessica Andrade later this year.
After the win, Dern improves her undefeated professional record to 7-0.