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Mackenzie Dern’s MMA goal: Fight for the UFC title by end of 2017

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Mackenzie Dern didn’t get the submission she was hoping for in her mixed martial arts debut, but the strawweight prospect dominated Kenia Rosas for 15 minutes at Legacy FC 58. Rosas, a fellow MMA newcomer, was able to survive many submission attempts by the current No. 1 pound-for-pound grappler in the world, but Dern wasn’t upset about it.

“I’m always confident in my jiu-jitsu, especially since it was Kenia Rosas’ pro debut, and it was my first fight, so I was definitely confident in my jiu-jitsu,” Dern told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “I hoping to get a submission, but, man, she was so flexible and very tough.

“I wasn’t upset about it. I felt I was really good in the whole fight. It was good to see the cardio different between jiu-jitsu and MMA, to go all three rounds, and being attacking all three rounds and not feel tired, and see everything’s going good. And jiu-jitsu you don’t really hurt people. It was kind of good for me to see ‘okay, I can throw elbows, I can throw this.’ It was good for me to feel that. I like it.”

Rosas didn’t tap in many attacks, and Dern realized it would be tough to finish the fight after she escaped from the first armbar attempt.

“After the first armbar, I pretty much figured that she was flexible,” Dern said. “I mean, I don’t know if she was double jointed, but you see that in jiu-jitsu sometimes. I train with girls that are really flexible. In my mind, I was like ‘okay, what do I need to do not get tired if I don’t finish her?’ I was just trying to control, and I didn’t spend too much energy trying to submit something. I think that if I ….View full article

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