UFC 224 took place at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janerio, Brazil on Saturday night. Part of the PPV action saw an intriguing match-up between strawweights Mackenzie Dern and Amanda Cooper.
In a fight that had gotten much more attention because Mackenzie Dern missed weight by a stunning seven pounds, jiu-jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern faced Amanda Cooper at UFC 224. It was always a scrap that looked like it should be a good fight. The weigh-in drama then led to a very motivated Cooper, who seemed to be looking for some revenge on Dern. And let’s be honest, missing weight by seven pounds is not acceptable.
What happened in the end, however? Pretty much what everyone expected from the get-go. Mackezie Dern and Amanda Bobby Cooper started on the feet, trading punches. Cooper was landing the better combos, but Dern was looking for giant shots. And then just like that — a giant shot connected by Dern, and Cooper was in trouble! Dern moved to full mount and deftly took the back! In went the rear-naked choke, and Dern earned the win!
Make what you will of her weigh-in on Friday, but on Saturday night Mackenzie Dern put her skills on display. Of course, she’ll have to turn over 30% of her purse (10% via the commission, 20% via the UFC) to Cooper, but she still got the win.
Mackenzie Dern def. Amanda Bobby Cooper by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 2:27