More people are talking about Mackenzie Dern’s failed weight cut than they are her submission win over Amanda Cooper at UFC 224.
Dern, a multiple-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion, submitted Cooper in the first round but has been bombarded with criticism for coming into the fight a massive seven pounds over the designated strawweight (116 lbs.) limit.
The 25-year-old prospect had failed to make weight on three separate occasions prior to UFC 224 and has promised to fix things up at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, telling reporters at the post-fight press conference that she’s ‘ashamed’ of her actions.
Former two-time UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, however, isn’t buying it.
Speaking on the UFC 224 post-fight show, ‘The Dominator’ implied that Dern is purposely missing weight to gain an advantage over her opponents, claiming that the Brazilian is ‘basically cheating’.
“When you come in with that big of a weight advantage… it’s basically cheating in my opinion.” – Dominick Cruz on Mackenzie Dern. pic.twitter.com/sONQ5Qs4lt
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) May 13, 2018
“That weight is a huge advantage,” Cruz said of Dern’s failed weight cut, per MMA NYTT’s Damon Martin. “There’s a reason, ladies and gentlemen, why we have weight classes. When you’re seven pounds over a weight class, that is not trying to make weight. That is creating yourself an advantage to win. Because in the end, how sad was Dern about the weight loss or being too heavy? She was just happy to have the win.
“That’s the point of this sport to win and when you come in with that big of a weight advantage, being a 45’er to a 35’er, being a 35’er to a 25’er, being a 85’er to a 70 pounder, that’s an advantage. That’s a huge advantage and it’s basically cheating in my opinion.”
Dern was fined 30-percent of her UFC 224 show money and her reputation has taken a hit, but the BJJ expert was ecstatic with the win and clearly isn’t fazed by the criticism.