Mackenzie Dern had a bad Friday, but she sure didn’t have any problems on Saturday.
Dern missed weight by seven pounds for a planned strawweight bout with Amanda Cooper at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
And while Cooper ripped Dern for her unprofessionalism after the bad weight miss, there’s no denying Dern got the job done when the duo stepped into the cage. A wicked overhand right set up the finish, as choked out Cooper at the 2:27 mark of the opening round.
“I’m very happy to have the victory, the submission and kind of knockout,” Dern (7-0) said.
Dern has been criticized for her lack of standup skills, but she held her own from the get-go before landing the overhand right to the jaw which dropped Cooper. From there, it was academic, as the ADCC and WJJC gold medalist didn’t waste much time tapping Cooper out with the rear-naked choke.
Dern now has four submission victories among her seven pro wins. Cooper dropped to 3-4 on her career, with all her losses via tapout.