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Mackenzie Dern unable to make contracted weight, LFA fight changed to catchweight

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Mackenzie Dern was unable to make strawweight Thursday for the second straight fight.
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Mackenzie Dern’s weight issues have cropped up again.

For the second straight fight, Dern was unable to make the contracted strawweight weight class. On Thursday, Dern could not get down to the 116-pound division maximum for her Legacy Fighting Alliance 6 fight against Katherine Roy, so the bout was changed to a 120-pound catchweight prior to her stepping on the scale, LFA president Ed Soares told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.

Dern (2-0), one of the most vaunted prospects in MMA, is arguably the top female Brazilian jiu-jitsu player in the world.

The bout will still go on for the LFA 6 main card Friday night in San Antonio. After agreeing on the catchweight, Dern also agreed to forego 20 percent of her purse, which will be given to Roy, Soares said. The Texas Combative Sports program, which regulates the event, did not issue a fine, because the new contract for 120 pounds was written prior to Dern hitting the scale.

Roy’s coach and manager Pete Spratt said Dern actually missed weight at 121.8 pounds the first time Dern attempted to make 120. She came back about an hour later and hit the mark, Soares said.

“They didn't tell us she was going to miss weight until this morning,” Soares said.

Dern, 23, missed weight for her last fight, against Montana Stewart at Legacy FC 61, coming in at 118.8 pounds, 2.8 pounds over the maximum. Dern won that bout via first-round submission with an omoplata/rear-naked choke combination, giving her consideration for Submission of the Year. It was just her second pro MMA fight.

Roy (1-0), who made her pro debut last year, seemed unhappy with the ordeal Thursday.

Making a catch weight later on your second attempt is missing weight. Don't deny it. Fight was supposed to be 115 not...

Posted by Katherine Roy on Thursday, March 9, 2017