Mackenzie Dern would like to point out that her weight problems are a thing of the past.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion turned UFC strawweight has managed to beat the scales in her previous two outings, hitting the 115-pound limit for fights against Hannah Cifers and Amanda Ribas. The Cifers’ fight at UFC on ESPN 9 was his first since the birth of his daughter Moa in June of last year and also his first win since UFC 224 in May 2018.
This UFC 224 win over Amanda Cooper was marred by Dern’s seven-pound lack of weight, the third time in her MMA career that she had failed to gain weight. In a recent appearance on MMA Fighting’s What the hell show, Dern was given the floor to answer any potential questions about his cut ahead of Saturday’s fight with Randa Markos in advance at UFC Vegas 11.
“Stop commenting, stop saying, ‘Oh, she won’t make it. She won’t make it, ”said Dern. “Don’t worry, I’ll get there and I’ll probably have, like, I don’t know, maybe ice cream the night before.” I don’t know what’s going on. My weight has been responding so well since pregnancy.
“Again, I say this in every fight since I was pregnant. I always want to have more and more strength, I’m still not where I want to be 100% in terms of strength. Just because of the crown and the gyms and everything is closed. I really want the weights to gain volume.
“But yes, I feel good. I feel even stronger and leaner than my last fight. So yeah, my weight is awesome. Please guys you don’t have to question my weight anymore. I understand I’ve missed three weights in my career so I know in my last one in Rio it was a lot, so I understand people are going to be mad at me for a while.
Dern is looking forward to making a strong impression in his first fight of 2020, especially after renegotiating his contract to add more fights after his win over Cifers. In Markos, Dern faces one of the most experienced competitors in the strawweight division. The Canadian via Iraq has 14 UFC appearances to her credit, while Dern competes in MMA for only the 10th time overall.
With the cage door closed on Saturday, Dern expects anything to happen given that Markos is also known for his fight. For now, she is focusing on controlling what she can – she said she weighed 119 pounds at 10 days after the bout – and that means continuing to find a balanced diet that not only maintains her weight. where it needs to be, but which draws on its developing strength.
“I need to eat or I’ll be too light,” Dern said. “Every time I finish training, if I see that my weight is too low, I eat a little more. I do not know why. Of course, I stopped breastfeeding before my last fight because Moa, she couldn’t go to Vegas with me, so that was basically the deadline we set, so it was May. I don’t know if the hormones are starting to balance out if things are going to change, but I am eating well. Secretly I eat ice cream sometimes, stuff like that, I eat a lot, I don’t eat little things.
“I asked Charles de Trifecta from UFC to send me protein, creatine to increase volume. I take these things that they say hold water and stuff like that. I don’t know what happened, but I feel good. It’s a different thing to be able to fight without worrying about your weight. “