Mackenzie Dern to Remain at Strawweight

Despite missing weight in three of her seven professional MMA bouts, the UFC will allow Mackenzie Dern to remain in the women’s strawweight division.

After a disastrous seven-pound miss of weight at UFC 224, it appeared as though UFC officials were going to force Dern to move up to the women’s flyweight division. But the promotion will now allow her to remain at 115, and she will receive weight cutting help from the UFC Performance Institute.

“Everyone here agrees I have a body type that fits at strawweight, in the category that I am, so the plan is to continue in it,” Dern said. “But we want to diet and train so that I do not have to cut so much weight, I’ll cut very little. After the fight, I will not go up that much. Regardless of what will be decided on the weigh-in, whether or not it will return for the afternoon, it will not change my situation much, because, the way they want me to be the best possible athlete.”

Dern was not afraid to understand the botched weight cut, blaming a quick turnaround, as well as not understanding her body enough. Dern says she’s learning every day, and she will learn more with the UFC’s help.

“Every day I learn something different from my body that I did not even know, things that get in the way of my cut, that I had difficulty due to the way I cut,” she said. “Now that I’m working with the UFC, I’m going to come back here every four weeks, take the tests to see how my body is reacting. But otherwise, my workout will continue normal.”

Dern says for her next fight she would like to compete this coming November at UFC 230 in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Original Story: MMA Mania

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