Earlier today, at the UFC 224 early morning weigh-ins, Mackenzie Dern missed weight by a staggering 8 pounds. You read that right. 8 POUNDS!
Despite being so young in her MMA career, missing weight has been a reoccurring issue for Dern (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC). She badly botched the mark for her scheduled strawweight bout with Cooper (3-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), which airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC fight Pass from Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Her opponent Amanda Cooper has agreed to keep the fight in place, and has agreed to take a large 30% of Dern’s purse to fight her at an increased weight limit.
Brazil’s commission has signed off on the bout, the UFC, Cooper and Dern have all agreed to the new weight class, and the fight is still on.
Cooper reacts to Dern’s drastic misstep