Mackenzie Dern to Fight Ariane Carnelossi at UFC Lincoln

Mackenzie Dern (pictured at Invicta FC 26 weigh-ins) blew weight badly for UFC 224
Credit: Dave Mandel/Invicta FC

A strawweight clash between Mackenzie Dern and Ariane Carnelossi has been announced for UFC Lincoln on April 25.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern will enter the cage for the first time in 2020 on April 25 when she takes on fellow Brazilian Ariane Carnelossi at UFC Lincoln.  The news was previously reported by Brazilian outlet Combate and confirmed by several more outlets.

Dern, 7-1, most recently fought in October against Amanda Ribas where she suffered the first loss of her MMA career.  Dern had previously been undefeated throughout fights in LFA, Invicta, and two UFC appearances.  Dern had not fought in more than a year after becoming pregnant and giving birth to her daughter in 2019.

Carnelossi, 12-2, put together an impressive twelve fight win-streak in Brazil before making her UFC debut last September when she took on Angela Hill on  a little over a month’s notice.  “Sorriso” ended up losing the bout to Hill via doctor stoppage due to a cut in the third round.

It was recently announced that the card would be headlined by a light-heavyweight tilt between former title challengers Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira.  Also featured on the card will be a fight between flyweights Antonina Shevchenko and Cynthia Calvillo.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.