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Mackenzie Dern forgoes move to flyweight division, will remain at strawweight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It’s no secret Mackenzie Dern struggles to cut down the strawweight limit of 115 pounds.

After missing weight three times in her young career, one would assume a jump up to the flyweight division was the next step.

But on Wednesday afternoon, MMA Fighting confirmed an initial report from ESPN that Dern would not be moving to the 125-pound division in favor of remaining at strawweight.

Dern (7-0), a multiple time grappling champion, has not competed since her first-round submission win over Amanda Cooper at UFC 224 in May. Prior to stepping into the Octagon, Dern tipped the scale seven pounds over the strawweight limit. As a result, Dern was fined a total of 30 percent of her show purse. Dern previously earned a narrow split decision in her UFC debut against Ashley Yoder at UFC 222 in March.

The Arizona native also missed weight ahead her victories over Montana De La Rosa and Katherine Roy under the LFA banner.

As for her next fight, Dern and her team are currently targeting a late March return.

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