Dern: I believe UFC won’t move me up in weight
UFC strawweight(ish) Mackenzie Dern is mediagenic, and as such get opportunities quicker than do other fighters. Her latest opportunity, was a fight on the main card of UFC 224; Vitor Belfor vs. Lyoto Machida was the main car opening fight. Unfortunately, Dern missed her contracted weight by seven pounds. Opponent Amanda Cooper still took the fight, but lost in Round 1 via strikes.
At the post-fight press conference, Dern tried to explain what happened.
“I can tell you 10,000 excuses, but I really believe what happened with m weight was way back months ago in my last fight,” said Dern, as transcribed by Damon Martin for MMA Weekly. “I think it’s my diet, I need to get my diet right. The fact that I was able to do it before, I thought I knew what I was doing. A lot of things have been happening, it’s not an excuse. I missed flights and a lot of things happened and I just kept going and going. 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.
“On Friday, at 9:00 a.m. I wasn’t cutting anymore weight, I was in the sauna and there’s no more water coming out, I wasn’t sweating. I couldn’t walk anymore and the commission said you can’t keep going. Thankfully, Amanda accepted the fight. I’m ashamed at that. I don’t want that to happen again but it’s a mistake. Not that one thing is worse than the other, but I don’t take steroids, I wasn’t popped for anything. There are champions that are caught for drugs and cocaine and things like that. For me it’s a mistake. The UFC is investing in me and I’m going to work with them not to happen ever again.”Mackenzie Dern misses weight at UFC 224
“My manager said that the UFC would want me to move up in weight. I believe that they won’t. On Friday, Mick [Maynard, UFC matchmaker] called me and said we have in institute here in Vegas and we’re going to invest in you, we want you here, we’re going to work with you so I said I’m going to work with you guys. I can’t lose that opportunity to get all this help from this organization that is so big and it’s going to help me make weight.”
“I’m ashamed of it. I don’t want to not make weight but what can I do. She accepted the fight and I did my best and I can’t let that happen again and that’s what I’m going to do.”