Dern misses weight by seven pounds, fight with Cooper still on

Mackenzie Dern Amanda Cooper

Dern missed weight by weighing in at 123 pounds for the fight that was supposed to take place in the strawweight (116 pounds max.) division. At the UFC 224 post-fight press conference, Brazilian said she's ashamed of continues failure to make weight. I don't want that to happen again but it's a mistake. "But on Friday at 9AM, I wasn't losing any more weight".

As she's won't to do, Dern came out flinging heavy leather, much the way really good jiu-jitsu players do to make up for their lack of deep striking skills. But I knew that fighting here in Brazil, representing Brazil, I know how Brazilians support their athletes in any form, regardless of anything.

More than anything, Dern says she's just as disappointed in herself as anybody else over her latest weight cutting disaster.

For someone still young in the MMA game, though, five fights since last March has been quite an undertaking. However, Dern badly missed weight, weighing in seven pounds over the limit. Not that one thing is worse than the other, but I don't take steroids, I wasn't popped for anything. There's champions that are caught using drugs, cocaine, things like that. The UFC, since the first day I got here, were trying to help me and I said I was going to be able to make weight and I didn't. For me it's a mistake.

"My manager said that the UFC would want me to move up in weight".

Dern remains unbeaten in her career improved to 7-0, while Cooper falls to 1-2 in her past three outings. "I believe that's what they want", Dern said. "They called me like, 'Are you okay?' I said: 'Don't worry you guys, it's okay".

Dern did make it clear that she plans on never letting this happen again, and a way of making sure it does not is to go to the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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