Cruz: Dern failed weight cut is ‘basically cheating’

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mackenzie Dern made her MMA debut at strawweight, and made weight. Second fight she missed by 2.8 pounds, and third fight by 4 pounds. Then Dern wisely moved up to flyweight, but dropped back down her next fight, and then was signed by the UFC, where she reamained to strawweight. Dern made weight her first two fights, but missed by 7 pounds on Saturday night.

Dern was fined 30% of her purse, but tapped out Amanda Cooper in Round 1. Former UFC bantamweight champion Domnick Cruz appeared on the UFC 224 post-fight show and was not impressed.

“That weight is a huge advantage,” said Cruz, as transcribed by Damon Martin for MMANytt. “There’s a reason, ladies and gentlemen, why we have weight classes. When you’re seven pounds over a weight class, that is not trying to make weight. That is creating yourself an advantage to win. Because in the end, how sad was Dern about the weight loss or being too heavy? She was just happy to have the win.

“That’s the point of this sport to win and when you come in with that big of a weight advantage, being a 45’er to a 35’er, being a 35’er to a 25’er, being a 85’er to a 70 pounder, that’s an advantage. That’s a huge advantage and it’s basically cheating in my opinion.”